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Port Arthur Harbour Cruise Secured for Next Decade


The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Michelle O’Byrne, today
announced that the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority had secured its
iconic harbour cruise service for the next decade.

Ms O’Byrne said following a comprehensive tendering process, Port Arthur Cruises
was awarded the contract and will continue to provide the service through until 2022.
“One of the most popular and distinctive of all the experiences available to visitors at
the Port Arthur Historic Site, the Harbour Cruise has been operated by the familyowned
company since 1985.”

Ms O’Byrne said that the PAHSMA Board had rigorously tested the market place
through an open tender process and Port Arthur Cruises was found to best meet the
Authority’s future requirements.

“The harbour cruise is one of the most unusual, enjoyable and popular elements of
the Port Arthur Experience, carrying in excess of 200,000 visitors to the site every

“Given Port Arthur’s success as a key Tasmanian tourism destination, there was
interest from other operators. The tender process gave all interested a level playing
field on which to make their case, and the successful tenderer was the one that best
met the Authority’s criteria.”

Ms O’Byrne congratulated Port Arthur Cruises, a long-established family company
operated by brothers Peter, John and Michael Roche. Their family has been a fixture
on Hobart’s waterfront since the 1940s.

“Should the nomination of the Historic Site to the World Heritage List be successful,
Port Arthur Cruises plan to negotiate continual improvement of the visitor experience
with the possible introduction of a second vessel to cater for increasing visitor
demand and provide a variety of new cruises from the Site,” Ms O’Byrne said.

Further information: Rohan Wade (03) 6336 2443 or 0417 051 255