Port Arthur is located on the
Tasman Peninsula in the far south of Tasmania.
Established in 1830 as a timber station, it became a prison settlement for male
convicts in 1833. Today, this former penal settlement attracts many thousands of
visitors to explore Tasmania's and Australia's convict past.
The historic site
has much to reveal for the tourist offering an interpretation gallery, and over
thirty buildings, ruins and restored period furnished homes. There are plenty of
activities including guided historical walking tours, a ghost tour, air tours
and harbour cruises in summer.
Another must see for visitors is the historic Isle of the Dead tour which
introduces you to the people who lived and died at the settlement.
This unique piece of Australian history, is a must see destination, providing
an insight into the harsh life that befell the people who were sent here as
prisoners and those who guarded them.