Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasman Peninsula Highlights and Richmond Historic Village
Explore Tasmania’s rich convict history on this full day tour from Hobart. On this approximately 7-hour round trip from Hobart you will travel south to the Tasman Peninsula to see its stunning coastal rock formations and visit the World Heritage-listed, Port Arthur Historic Site. Before returning to Hobart you will visit the historic village of Richmond with its elegant Georgian architecture, convict-constructed bridge and collection of galleries, craft boutiques and museums.
Leaving from Hobart, the group will take a small bus tour over the Tasman Bridge south towards the Tasman Peninsula and the Port Arthur Historic Site. Along the way you will see beautiful farmland and the quiet fishing town of Dunalley, which suffered a severe bushfire in 2013 yet have inspired many with their brave stories and amazing recovery.
On arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site you will have an opportunity to join a 40-minute guided introductory walking tour which provides a wonderful insight into its people and its past. Led by an experienced tour guide you will be given an overview of the most significant highlights of the historic site, a great foundation to continue exploring at your leisure.
Your entry includes a fully narrated 25-minute harbour cruise within the harbour just off the historic site during which you will be able to see and learn about the ship building dockyard, the island cemetery, the ‘Isle of the Dead’ and the Point Puer, the site of the English colonies first reformatory boys prison. While enjoying the view and storytelling onboard you will be able to enjoy a warm drink, have a bite to eat or sample a local wine or beer.
The tour will spend a maximum of 2.5 hours at Port Arthur Historic Site; therefore, we recommend enjoying a lunch whilst on the cruise to give yourself the maximum amount of time to explore the grounds.
Golf buggies are sometimes available for anyone who would find walking around the grounds a challenge. Refreshments are also available in the restaurant situated in the visitor centre at the main entrance to the site (at own expense).
Once finished at Port Arthur, the tour group will first visit the Port Arthur Lavender Farm (optional) before visiting Eaglehawk Neck which first takes you past the small hamlet of Doo Town, where each dwelling has its own creative ‘Doo’ name. At Eaglehawk Neck you will marvel at the stunning rock formations at the Blowhole, Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen.
From here you will travel back towards Hobart first visiting Richmond Village which features two of Australia’s oldest convict constructed churches, St Johns Roman Catholic Church and St Luke’s Anglican Church. Not only that, they also have the beautiful sandstone Richmond Bridge which is the oldest convict-built bridge still in use in Australia. Whilst here you can also visit the Richmond Goal and wander the beautiful streets with its quaint galleries, boutique craft shops, museums and a very popular old-style sweet shop. We also recommend a visit to Old Hobart Town, a garden model display of Hobart as it was in the 1820s.
NOTE: If you prefer, and with time and weather permitting, there is an option to add in a trip to the pinnacle of Mt Wellington or for an additional expense visit the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo wildlife park.
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