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Don't miss the Port Arthur Maritime Heritage Tour


Join us for an exclusive tour exploring Port Arthur's maritime history and the dockyard, with rare access to buildings and artifacts that are not usually open to the public.

Today the Port Arthur Dockyard area is silent and almost empty. But if you had been here between 1834 and 1848, you would have found the busiest and most productive ship yard in Van Diemen’s Land.

Here, convict labourers crafted hundreds of whaleboats, ship’s’ buoys, brigantines and barques for private and government customers. One of only three dockyards in the British Empire to have used convict labour to build the yard and the ships, it is also the best preserved.

Depart from Brooke St Pier on the Hobart waterfront and cruise on the Marana, past the soaring sea cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula, including the stunning Cape Raoul.

Upon arrival at Port Arthur you will be treated to an introductory tour of the World Heritage listed Site and explore the buildings and ruins, museum houses and convict gallery.

Continue your journey with a special tour of Port Arthur's Dockyard, including rare access to the 1834 Master Shipwright's House and Clerk of Works' House. View an excusive exhibition including the dockyard model and fascinating archeological material excavated from the site. 

Special guest speakers will  offer insights into the operation, heritage and conservation of the dockyard and the importance of the traditional trade of boat building.

Lunch will feature an array of tasty treats;  a fresh baked baguette, selection of cold meats and salad with some Tasmanian fruit juice to quench your thirst.

Each tour participant will receieve a gift copy of A Harbour Large Enough to Admit a Whole Fleet - The Maritime History and Archaeology of Port Arthur prior to your transfer  back to Hobart by coach.


This is a very limited offer so don't miss your chance to reserve a spot!


When: Friday 8 and Sunday 10 February, departing 8:15, returning to Hobart by 5pm

Where: Tour departs and returns to Brooke Street Pier, Hobart Waterfront

Cost: Adult: $147:00 Child (4 years+): $121.00: Family $495.00 (2 x adults / 2 x children)

Bookings: Call Navigators on +61 (0)3 6223 1914 or online at

Guest Speakers:

Friday 8 February - Dr Jane Harrington, Director of Conservation & Infrastructure at the Port Arthur Historic Site

Sunday 10 February - Mr Mike Nash, Maritime Archaeologist, Parks & Wildlife Service

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The Lady Franklin, built in 1842 by Master Shipwright David Hoy, was used to transport prisoners and soldiers between Hobart and Port Arthur.


Travel to Port Arthur Historic Site from the Hobart waterfront on board The Marana.


Dockyard ship sculpture, to scale, resting in the slipway of Australias only convict operated dockyard.


Dockyards at Port Arthur, featuring Master Shipwrights House "Sunnybanks" in the background.