Port Arthur, Tasmania, is one of the state’s biggest attractions, with plenty to keep you occupied and deserving of more than a brief visit.
I suggest spending at least two full days here, but if you don’t have that much time, try to squeeze in one or two of these attractions.
Port Arthur, located 90 minutes south of Hobart (the capital of Tasmania), is renowned for being the location of Australia’s most controversial penal colony. Many people are unaware, however, that the city has even more to offer.
Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about what to do, when to come, and the fascinating history of this special location.
Know The Port Arthur Historic Site
The Port Arthur Historic Site is, of course, the key reason why so many people visit Port Arthur. It is one of Australia’s first penal colonies, was regarded as an inescapable jail, housing the hardest of the tough offenders of the time.
Because of its significance in Australian convict history, the Port Arthur Historic Sites have been added to the UNESCO world heritage list, and it is without a doubt one of Tasmania’s most fascinating and significant attractions.
Visit Port Arthur Lavender Farm
Without boarding the ship, transport yourself to the beautiful lavender fields of southern France! The Lavender Farm in Port Arthur is a must-see for anyone visiting the Tasman Peninsula.
Why wouldn’t you want to visit Long Bay, which has 7 hectares of beautiful lavender flourishing from December to February, as well as lakes and rainforests, right on the ocean’s edge?
And the best thing is that it is completely free to visit.
Adventure Yourself In Tasmania National Park
At the Tasman National Park, take a walk on the wild side of Port Arthur. This inspiring National Park will leave you experiencing the raw force of nature, thanks to its soaring forests and Australia’s highest sea cliffs.
Many people are unaware that Tasman National Park is well-known in the world of adventure sports.
Take a day hike along the magnificent cliff tops of Cape Hauy or Cape Raoul, or embark on a multi-day adventure along the entire Three Capes Track.
Relax At The Remarkable Cave
The cave (which is more of a tunnel) is quite impressive, as the name suggests. This dramatic position at the water’s edge under a towering cliff face has been naturally eroded by the sea.
There is a fantastic view of the cave’s opening regardless of when you visit. Be aware that there are 115 steps to descend (and return up), which can be slippery in the rain.
Take Tasmanian Island Cruise
Take a wilderness cruise through the Tasman Peninsula to see the best views of the Southern Hemisphere’s greatest sea cliffs.
This three-hour excursion takes you along the coast between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck for an unforgettable adventure.
If you just want to see Hobart or want to take a road trip across Tasmania, don’t miss Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula!
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