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The Convict Water Supply Trail, a self guided tour at the Australian convict penal settlement

The Convict Water Supply Trail, a self guided tour of the water supply used by the Australian convict penal settlement

Convict Water Supply Trail

This 600-metre walking trail takes you beyond Port Arthur’s manicured lawns and flower-bordered paths and into the surrounding bushland.

The Convict Water Supply Trail tells the story of an ambitious engineering project that aimed to make the convict settlement self-sufficient in the production of flour.

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Interpretation of the heritage and local flora on the Port Arthur water supply trail

Along the trail you’ll see the remains of convict-built reservoirs, aqueducts, mills and water wheels, offering a glimpse of the dreams and disappointments of this grand venture.

The trail also documents the growth of a free community from the ruins of the penal system and explores the environmental impact of white settlement, the regenerative power of Tasmania's endemic flora and the changing attitudes over the last 200 years to the Australian landscape.

The Convict Water Supply Trail begins behind the Hospital and finishes at the Commandant's House.

Allow 30 minutes.