A visitor in the Convict Study Centre at Port Arthur, about to examine historic records & databases

A visitor in the Convict Study Centre at the Port Arthur Historic Site(Credit: PAHSMA (photo by Andrew Wilson), 2008)

Getting to Port Arthur

Port Arthur is located at the southern end of the Tasman Peninsula, 90 minutes’ drive or 95 kilometres south-east of Hobart. Click on the View Maps button below to see and download maps.

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Arthur Highway roadworks during early 2014

Several sections of the Arthur Highway between Sorell and Port Arthur are having major road works done during early 2014. This may lead to short delays in your journey, so please allow a bit more time for your journey. 

The good news is that, once complete, the highway will be a little less windy and the trip just a little easier. Meanwhile, please drive safely and to the conditions.


During the warmer months, cruise from Hobart to Port Arthur past spectacular coastine with Navigators.


The 90-minute drive from Hobart to Port Arthur follows the Tasman and Arthur Highways and forms part of the Convict Trail Touring Route—a journey through rolling farmland and coastal forests, seaside villages, artists’ studios and vineyards and breathtaking coastal scenery.

Allow at least 90 minutes to drive from Hobart to Port Arthur, or longer if you plan to stop along the way. If you are driving after dark, you are likely to encounter native animals on the road, so take a little extra time to arrive, slow down and drive safely.

Coach services

A public bus service from Hobart to Port Arthur is operated by Tassie Link, telephone 1300 300 520.

Package tours

A number of companies offer daily tours to Port Arthur from Hobart. Explore the Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula region or ask for details at any Tasmanian Visitor Information Centre.

Latitude and Longitude

Port Arthur Historic Site

43° 09’ S, 147° 51’ E

Coal Mines Historic Site

42° 59’ S, 147° 43’ E