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December 2014

Port Arthur offers tours with Mandarin speaking guides


Port Arthur Historic Site is building on interpretation opportunities for Chinese visitors this summer with several tours and talks being offered daily in Mandarin.

A year of progress on many fronts for the Port Arthur Historic Sites


The 2013-14 year has been a period of significant progress for the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA).

November 2014

Volendam makes maiden visit to Port Arthur


A commemorative plaque mounted on a convict brick was presented to the Captain of MS Volendam to mark her maiden visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site on Thursday 20 November, 2014.

Chinese website helps attract visitors to Port Arthur


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) has launched a Chinese language website to help promote the Port Arthur Historic Site in the rapidly growing Chinese market.

Port Arthur honoured at Tasmanian Tourism Awards


Staff at the Port Arthur are honoured at the Historic Site having been named Tasmania's best Major Tourism Attraction for the fourth consecutive year in the Tasmanian Tourism Awards announced in Hobart last Friday.

WWI Honour Roll unveiled at Port Arthur


A hand-crafted honour-roll commemorating men from the Port Arthur area who served during the First World War is on display in its original home at the Port Arthur Historic Site following the negotiation of a long-term loan from the Tasman Council.

An evening of Scandinavian music at Port Arthur


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority is proud to present Northern Lights, Southern Skies, a delightfully atmospheric program of Scandinavian works played by the ACO's young artists and their mentors.

October 2014

Port Arthur and Female Factory finalsits in Tasmanian Tourism Awards


The Port Arthur Historic Site and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site are both finalists in the 2014 Tasmanian Tourism Awards, to be announced in Hobart in November.

September 2014

Port Arthur steels itself for restabilisation


Port Arthur's most emblematic ruin, the Penitentiary has been the focus of major conservation works for the better part of 2014.

August 2014

New signs and technology help visitors at Port Arthur


New signs and technology are helping visitors find their way and connect with history at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Port Arthur heritage course attracts international interest


Last week the Port Arthur Historic Site hosted a course in Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places.

July 2014

Female Factory lives recalled on playing cards


The little-known stories of Tasmania's convict women are being recalled from the past in a new publication launched at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in South Hobart.

Port Arthur Historic Sites celebrating TripAdvisor plaudits


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is celebrating a clutch of Certificates for Excellence bestowed by the influential travel review website TripAdvisor.

Felons Bistro Temporary Closure


Felons Bistro at the Port Arthur Historic Site will be closed July 19 - August 4 2014 for maintenance work.

June 2014

Port Arthur hosting a mini Festival of Voices


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority is proud to present a fabulous program of music and song over the next couple of weeks, in partnership with Tasmania's midwinter celebration of the human voice, the Festival of Voices.

Port Arthur's cruise ship tender jetty officially opened


Port Arthur's new cruise ship tender jetty has been officially opened, forming a small but significant part of Tasmania's tourism access infrastructure.

April 2014

Port Arthur's cruise ship tender jetty now operational


A new jetty facility specifically designed for cruise ship tender vessels is expected to increase the already growing number of cruise ships calling directly at the Port Arthur Historic Site as part of their Tasmanian cruise itineraries.

Celebrate the Tasmanian Heritage Festival at Port Arthur this Sunday


The Port Arthur Historic Site will be holding a day of activities this Sunday, May 4 to celebrate its botanic heritage as part of the 2014 Tasmanian Heritage festival that runs throughout May and is themed around the concept of 'Journeys'.

Venue change for next Port Arthur Talk


Come along to the next Port Arthur Talk to find out what is involved in saving one of Tasmania's most recognisable built structures so that it will be available to be visited and studied for generations to come. This talk will be held in the Asylum Hall.

Port Arthur strengthens links with Chinese heritage site


On the back of rapidly growing tourist visitation, cultural links between Tasmania and China are being further strengthened this month as part of an ongoing relationship that started nearly a decade ago.

March 2014

Audio tour app reveals Port Arthur's amazing stories


The Port Arthur Historic Site, home of arguably Australia's most recognisable reminders of its 19th century convict origins, has taken another step forward into the 21st century, with the launch of its new audio tour app.

Arthur Highway Roadworks


Several sections of the Arthur Highway between Sorell and Port Arthur are having major road works done. This may lead to short delays in your journey, so please allow a bit more time.

February 2014

Major engineering project underway at Port Arthur landmark


One of Tasmania's most recognisable landmarks, the Penitentiary at Port Arthur, is being conserved in an engineering project costing more than $7million.

Tasmania Shines at Qantas Australian Tourism Awards


The Port Arthur Historic Site is delighted to be among eight of Tasmania's leading tourism experiences to be placed in the top three of their categories at the Qantas National Tourism Awards. Port Arthur Historic Site won bronze in Heritage and Culture.

Female Factory featured in new Tasmanian tourism campaign


Tourism Tasmania has launched its autumn campaign utilising the successful theme 'Go Behind the Scenery' and the Cascade Female Factory Historic Site is one of a select number of experiences to be featured.

January 2014

Port Arthur celebrating a very Chinese new year


As the sun rises on the lunar new year this Friday, the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is celebrating record visitor numbers from China.

Record breaking day for Port Arthur


The World Heritage Listed Port Arthur Historic Site recorded the highest visitor numbers on record yesterday. Between visitors by land and by sea, a total of 3814 broke the recent record of December 2013 by over 1100.