Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Historic Site

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Port Arthur Historic Site. Tasman Peninsula

NEWS From 1 June 2017, we are moving into the second Stage and the most critical part of the much-anticipated redevelopment of the Port Arthur Historic Site Visitor Centre.

  • The Visitor Centre and Felons Restaurant are now closed.  All access to the Historic Site will be through a temporary ticketing concourse. CLICK HERE FOR MAP
  • Ghost Tours will continue to operate departing from the Asylum building rather than the Visitor Centre. On arrival guests will be escorted from the ticketing concourse to the Asylum so it is recommended guests plan to arrive at least 15-30 minutes prior to their tour departure time.  We will be serving beer, wine and warm hearty meals in the Asylum.
  • After Dark Packages are no longer available.

Importantly the guided tours, access to historic buildings, harbour cruises, Three Capes Track services and the availability of food and beverages in the Museum Café, Asylum Building and other places on site will all continue unaffected. 

Visitors to the Historic Site over the last few months would have noticed the construction activity and some changes to the operations including adjustments to the car park and group arrivals, clearing of vegetation and the relocation of the Gift Shop and Lottery of Life to other locations on the historic site.   

Maintaining a World Heritage experience for our visitors is paramount and our team has gone to extraordinary efforts to ensure that all our guests during this period continue to enjoy the same world-class interpretation of the Australian convict experience. 

The newly redeveloped Visitor Centre, opening in December this year, will have a new restaurant, increased dining and retail space as well as a large scale exhibition designed to engage visitors with the many stories of Port Arthur.

The team at Port Arthur are all very excited about this important upgrade to our visitor experience and look forward to sharing the new improved facilities in December 2017!



Discover the award winning World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site to connect with Australia’s convict past, and the history, that has helped shaped the nation. For more than forty years until its closure in 1877, Port Arthur was a penal settlement as well as a military and industrial centre, encompassing mining, farming, timber cutting, boat building and many other trades.

Visitors can discover amazing stories and the epic history of Port Arthur as they interact with the Site through a variety of interpretive experiences, including guided tours, harbour cruise, audio iPod tour, multimedia presentations, restored houses, museum displays, the Convict Study Centre, Lottery of Life interpretation gallery, as well as a high-tech audio installation at the Dockyard.

The Port Arthur Historic Site offers excellent visitor services, including two cafes, Felons Bistro, the Gift Shop, on-site transport for those with limited mobility, restrooms, and a Tasmanian Visitor Information Network (TVIN) desk. Not to be missed are the magnificent gardens, parkland, ruins and historic buildings and short walking trails through the natural bush that surrounds the Site.

As there is a lot to see and do at Port Arthur, Site Entry Passes are valid for two consecutive days, and include a 45 minute guided Introductory Walking Tour and a 25 minute Harbour Cruise.  At night, the After Dark pass combines the ever popular Ghost Tour with a two course dinner at Felons Bistro.

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