Port Arthur... 'a machine to grind rogues into honest men...'
Such was the vision for the Port Arthur penal settlement - a bold experiment and groundbreaking attempt at reform and rehabilitation for the convicts of the colony of Van Diemans Land.
Port Arthur was a key part of the colonial system of convict discipline. Remote, harsh, with no chance of escape, this was the perfect destination for hardened, repeat offenders.
But Port Arthur was much more than a prison.
Port Arthur is a place that every Australian, and all international visitors with a wish to understand more of Australia and Australians, should visit.
These pages offer details about what you can see and do when you do make the journey, so that your experience will be memorable, meaningful and enjoyable.
This podcast has been recorded to offer insights and assistance to planning your visit so that you get the most out of visiting this extraordinary place. Download it and perhaps play it in the car as you drive to Port Arthur.