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Bushwalkers on the sea cliff coast of the Tasman Peninsula near Port Arthur

Tasman Peninsula Clifftops with bushwalkers(Credit: Tourism Tasmania (used with permission), 2004)

Explore the region

The Tasman Peninsula’s dramatic environment created the ideal natural prison for Port Arthur’s convicts. 300-metre high sea cliffs, deep ocean and thick forests made escape an almost impossible prospect.

The only land passage north from Port Arthur was found at Eaglehawk Neck, a narrow strip of land flanked by ocean and forest. For the convicts, this too was impassable—heavily guarded by soldiers and site of the notorious Dog Line.

This extraordinary place, once so forbidding, is now one of the most beautiful and accessible destinations in Tasmania.

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Things to do

Port Arthur is just one part of the Tasman Peninsula story and there are countless options for experiencing everything this area has to offer.

  • Join a coastal cruise to see soaring sea cliffs and amazing wildlife
  • Discover stunning natural formations like Remarkable Cave, The Devil’s Kitchen, the Tessellated Pavement and Tasman Arch
  • Walk along secluded beaches
  • Hike along bush tracks to see breathtaking, cliff-top views
  • Visit the Coal Mines Historic Site, where the first working mine in Tasmania was established
  • Visit the Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, home of the infamous Dog Line
  • Tour the Convict Trail, via Nubeena, Premaydena, Saltwater River, Koonya and Taranna

The Port Arthur region offers stunning coastal nature experiences

Stay a while

Take a couple of days or more to immerse yourself in all the experiences available in the Port Arthur area. Choose your preferred style of accommodation, from quaint and comfy to cool and classy, including authentic, convict-era cottages and homes, motels, hotels and cabins.

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Food and wine

Tasmania’s global reputation for fresh local produce and fine, cool-climate wine is well deserved. You can sample some of the island’s gourmet delights in the Tasman Peninsula region’s many cafés, restaurants and vineyards, or pack a picnic of local delicacies and dine al fresco on a stunning beach, hillside or lush forest.

Felons Bistro, the Port Café and Museum Coffee Shop are all located at the Port Arthur Historic Site and are open daily. To make your reservation, call 1800 659 101.

Experience the style and elegance of a bygone era with private and small group fine dining in the fully restored Visting Magistrates House at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

There are a number of vineyards in and around the Tasman Peninsula region, some offering cellar door sales and tastings. See the Wine Tasmania website for more information, including a downloadable brochure and wine routes.

Visitor Information Centre

You’ll find a Visitor Information Centre within the Visitor Centre at the Port Arthur Historic Site. Ask our friendly staff for suggestions and help with accommodation bookings and activities. Telephone +61 (0)3 6251 2371

Short Break Itineraries

Take a few days to explore the region following one of these itineraries, or mix and match to create your own personal Peninsula adventure.

  • 1-3 Day Convict Trail itinerary [external link]

    From historic Richmond to Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur Historic Site, this fascinating journey is rich in convict history and natural beauty.

  • Local region itineraries [external link]

    A range of itineraries from one to three days to explore the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur region.

  • Tassie Comeback Tour itineraries [external link]

    We all saw the immense story which unfolded where Dunalley was set upon and made to almost disappear, and you can see the scars on a proud area that is much more than Port Arthur. The great bays and local holiday spots are there for you to explore, with detailed itineraries ranging from 2-4 days.

  • 3 and 5 day Tasman Peninsula suggested journeys [external link]

    To really unwind and recharge your batteries, go beyond Hobart, and behind the scenery. Enjoy our delicious produce, friendly locals, antiques, secrets from the past, rich heritage, wildlife adventures, pristine beaches, great walks and unique wilderness.

Packages

A number of companies partner with the Port Arthur Historic Management Authority Site to offer touring packages that include the Historic Site.

 

Coastal nature walks near Port Arthur, not far from Hobart, TasmaniaA stunning beach near Port Arthur.

 

 

Port Arthur and the Tasman Region

The Port Arthur and Tasman Tourism Association (PATTA) website has comprehensive information on things to do and see in the region. Managed by local tourism operators, the site includes activities, accommodation, attractions, food and wine and local services. Download a copy of the Tasman region brochure, or pick up a copy from Visitor Information Centres around Tasmania and from local operators.

Hobart and Beyond

Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula are a must-see part of the Greater Hobart area. There are many other experiences and activities available to make an extended stay in the region a great holiday experience.

  • Hobart and Beyond [external link]

    Hobart, nestled around the shores of the magnificent River Derwent, is one of the world’s great small cities. To really unwind and recharge your batteries, go beyond Hobart, and behind the scenery.

  • Welcome to Hobart Guidebook [external link]

    Browse or download the most comprehensive guide to Hobart and its surrounding areas - or pick up a free copy on arrival at the airport or at any Tasmanian Visitor Information Centre

About Tasmania

Begin your discovery of Tasmania here. Discover Tasmania, the official tourism website for Tasmania, offers everything you need to plan your holiday. Explore the state’s five unique regions, find out what's on, uncover local secrets and book your accommodation or activities online.

 

Spectacular coastal wilderness near Port Arthur. The Sea Cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula are the highest in the Southern Hemisphere and afford stunning views and walks.The Sea Cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula are the highest in the Southern Hemisphere and afford stunning views and walks.

 

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