Bringing history to life
Visiting these places will bring that history to life, through hearing and understanding the stories of those men and women who were punished here and of the rich contributions to the founding of modern Australia.
Much more than a history lesson – seeing these places for yourself can be emotional, inspiring and entertaining, with guided tours, interactive experiences, dramatisations and quality interpretation.
at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
Discover the emotional and inspiring story of Tasmania’s convict women.
Part history lesson, part roaming theatre show, Her Story is a dramatic and powerful depiction of the harsh life within Yard One of the Cascades Female Factory in 1833.
Daily at 11 am, duration 45 minutes. Cost $20pp (Adults)
Venue: Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, 16 Degraves Street, South Hobart TASMANIA
Bookings and inquiries
For bookings and more information, call the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site on +61 (0)3 6233 6656.
Port Arthur Historic Site
Port Arthur was described as a machine for grinding rogues into honest men. It was a bold experiment in the punishment and reform of criminals, and has come to represent Australia's convict past.
Experience Port Arthur through fascinating daily guided tours, explore the ruins and interactive displays and museum houses, cruise on the harbour, discover the stories of the Isle of the Dead and visit Point Puer, the site of the first purpose-built childrens' prison anywhere in the British Empire.
Plan your visit to Port Arthur
Port Arthur is a place that every Australian, and all international visitors with a wish to understand more of Australia and Australians, should visit.
Port Arthur Ghost Tour
An unrivalled evening of chills and thrills as our guides bring the dark side of Port Arthur to life.
This 90 minute tour operates nightly. Consider booking accommodation nearby, and our After Dark offer combining dinner at Felons Bistro.
Paranormal Investigation Experience at Port Arthur
Learn how to conduct your own paranormal investigations using the latest ghost hunting equipment at the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, reputed to be the most haunted place in Australia.
The tour operates on the last Saturday of each month (or by arrangement for groups), duration 4 hours approximately. Cost $130pp, suitable for adults 18+ only
Venue: Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Port Arthur, Tasmania
Coal Mines Historic Site
Explore the ruins of houses, barracks, offices and cells of those who once lived and worked in the place that was where the 'worst of the worst' convicts were sent for punishment.
Find out more about the Coal Mines Historic Site, and what you can see and do there
Visit Tasmania's other World Heritage Convict Sites
Almost half of the eleven historic places that combine to form the Australian World Heritage Convict Site property are in Tasmania.
Once you have discovered Port Arthur, the Coal Mines and the Cascades Female Factory, continue your exploration around the other Tasmanian sites with the help of this handy touring guide.