Port Arthur Historic Site Tasmania
The Port Arthur Historic Site, Eaglehawk Neck Tasman Peninsula Tasmania is Tasmania’s number 1 tourist attraction.
Port Arthur is a former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula, in Tasmania, Australia and represents one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas and an open air museum. The site forms part of the Australian Convict Sites, being a World Heritage property that represents 11 remaining penal sites originally built within the British Empire during the 18th and 19th centuries on coastal Australia. Collectively, these sites, including Port Arthur, now represent the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts.
Port Arthur is located approximately 60 kilometres south east of the capital of Tasmania, Hobart. In 1996 it was the scene of the worst mass murder event in post-colonial Australian history. The very attractive, scenic drive from Hobart, via the Tasman Highway to Sorell and the Arthur Highway to Port Arthur, will take approximately 95 minutes – transport from Hobart to the site is also available via bus, ferry or helicopter. A range of day tours to the area operate from Hobart.