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Port Arthur Tattoo set to drum up a good time on the Tasman Peninsula


Set against the backdrop of the dramatically distinctive Port Arthur Historic Site penitentiary building, the tattoos and pageantry of bygone years will be repeated at the Port Arthur Historic Site following the Easter break.

In the vein of Beating the Retreat, an impressive array of bands and performers from across the state will come together and provide an evening of entertainment that is sure to wow the whole family.

The inaugural Port Arthur Tattoo is brought to you as a generous show of support to the local community following the January bushfire emergency which effectively put a halt on business operations for ten days during the ordinarily, very busy month.

A committee of band representatives from across the state, coordinated by the Tasmania Police Pipe Band, have collaborated to stage this performance which the Rosny branch of RACT is sponsoring and the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is proud to present. 

Maria Stacey, Visitor Services Manager at Port Arthur, said the Tattoo will be an opportunity to collect donations for the Red Cross Tasmanian Bushfires 2013 Appeal.

“However the purpose of the Tattoo is threefold,” she added. “We certainly want to raise money for the recovery, but we’re also very keen to help revive tourism by encouraging people to stay the weekend in the region. And, of course, our ultimate hope is that the Tattoo will be a joyous and entertaining evening for the community. We want to support the recovery in all of these ways.”

“We are especially delighted that the RACT’s Rosny Branch has been able to support the Tattoo. RACT led the response to support those who lost property during the bushfires.” RACT continue to support bushfire victims with a special Bushfire Recovery funding round of their RACT Community Fund.

The Port Arthur Tattoo program will feature exhilarating performances by The Tasmania Police Pipe Band, The Clarence Concert Band, City of Hobart Highland Pipe Band, St Andrews Caledonian Pipe Band, Derwent Scottish Pipe Band, Hobart Australian Navy Cadet Band, Army Band Tasmania and the fleet footed Hobart Irish Dancers and the Hobart Highland Dancers. Entertainers Andrew Colrain and Daryl Peebles will delight as your comperes for the show.

The Port Arthur gourmet barbeque will be available packed with tasty treats and local distiller William McHenry & Sons will be on site to tempt you with his single malt whisky.

Pack your picnic blanket or grab your folding chair, stake your spot on the grass and enjoy an amazing performance, stunning heritage, delicious food, whisky and wine, all at Port Arthur.

Why not make a weekend of it?

There is so much to see and do, allow a little more time to take advantage of the abundance of offerings the Tasman Region has to offer. There are amazing cultural heritage, nature, adventure and culinary experiences, stunning beaches, incredible bushwalks and accommodation to suit a wide variety of tastes and budgets.

You’ll be supporting the local region and you will undoubtedly want to come back again and again.

For accommodation ideas and inspiration, check out the Tasman Region website at or


The Port Arthur Tattoo:

Port Arthur Historic Site

Saturday 6 April,  4:30pm – 6:30pm

Access to the performance is included in the cost of site entry.

After 3pm entry is complimentary for entry to the Tattoo.

For any enquiries, including information about coach transfers from Hobart, please contact 1800 659 101.

Port Arthur Tattoo set to drum up a good time on the Tasman Peninsula

The Tasmania Police Pipe Band performing at Port Arthur

Port Arthur Tattoo set to drum up a good time on the Tasman Peninsula

St Andrews Caledonian Pipe Band will perform at the Port Arthur Tattoo on April 6

Port Arthur Tattoo set to drum up a good time on the Tasman Peninsula

A member of the Hobart Highland Dancers, which will perform at the Port Arthur Tattoo