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Port Arthur: Tour with Isle of the Dead Cruise

1. Port Arthur: Tour with Isle of the Dead Cruise

Cross the Tasman Bridge, and head out on the Tasman Highway over the Pittwater Causeway onto Forestier Peninsula. Admire the pristine beauty of Pirates Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, and Norfolk Bay. Visit Abel Tasman National Park, where you’ll marvel at the spectacle of the Tasman Arch and enjoy superb views of the rugged coastline. You’ll be amazed at the magnitude of the Devil's Kitchen. Explore Port Arthur, where you’ll take a guided walking tour of the historic convict site, with access to over 30 restored buildings and ruins. See the penitentiary, the separate prison, the commandant's house, and the church.

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Hobart: Port Arthur and Lavender Farm Tour

2. Hobart: Port Arthur and Lavender Farm Tour

Departing early from Hobart, you will drive directly to the stunning Tasman Peninsula. This area has amazing history, fascinating stories and spectacular scenery, and is also home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. You will enjoy the panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout, which provides a great vantage point of the surrounding area. Passing through Eaglehawk Neck and “The Dogline”, your guide will share with you some truly amazing history and stories of the area. You will then begin one of Tasmania’s “great short walks”, following a spectacular track of around 2 kilometers along the Waterfall Bay cliff top. From there you will be dropped off for a short visit to the Port Arthur Lavender Farm, where you will enjoy a self-guided wander around the Lavender grounds and can enjoy free samples of the local handmade lavender chocolates and lavender fudge. You will then enter the Port Arthur Historic Site, where you will find a wealth of information and history which you can discover throughout your 3 hours on site. Your entry includes a complimentary harbor cruise around the Isle of the Dead, as well as a guided walking tour with one of the site’s expert guides. On your return to Hobart, make a stop at the historical village of Richmond. Moving along, you will arrive to the historic Richmond Village in the late afternoon. There you can meander the streets, stop for a coffee, visit the Lolly Shop, and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge which is still in use: a convict-built sandstone bridge (which is reportedly haunted). Finally, before you re-enter Hobart, you will stop for a fabulous view across the city from a local lookout, a picturesque way to return to the city. You will then be dropped off back at your Hobart City accommodation at around 6:00 PM.

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From Launceston: 3-Day Tasmanian Tour to Hobart

3. From Launceston: 3-Day Tasmanian Tour to Hobart

See the big 3 highlights of Tasmania in just 3 days!  During 3 action packed days, our big 3 Tasmania tour explores some of the Island’s most scenic and world-renowned locations. Start your journey with a day out at Cradle Mountain World Heritage area. Travel onward to Hobart via Wineglass Bay, looking out at some of the world’s best coastal scenery. Lastly, walk among the history at the world heritage Port Arthur Historic Site and enjoy the action of a Tasmanian devil feeding. Experience the big 3 Tasmania tour with amazing guides. It is recommended that you arrive the night before you wish to begin your tour as the tour departs Launceston at 7.30am. On day 2 you will move between Launceston and Hobart, so this is the day you need to bring your luggage with you. Meals are not provided, but there are plenty of opportunities to stop for lunch and snacks on each tour to suit your taste and budget. Accommodation is also not included, but different options are available. Launceston to Hobart Itinerary: Day 1: Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area Departs Launceston 07:30 AM, Returns Launceston 07:00 PM - Cradle Mountain National Park (5+ hours) - A variety of short walks – all fully guided - Dove Lake Walk or the longer Marion’s Lookout - Sheffield, township of 30+ murals - Ashgrove Cheese Day 2: Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park (bring your bags today) Departs Launceston 07:30AM and returns Hobart 07:00 PM Overnight: Hobart (accommodation by own arrangement) - Freycinet National Park (4+ hours) - Wineglass Bay lookout - Cape Tourville short walk and lookout - Honeymoon Bay and Sleepy Bay - Freycinet Marine Farm (fresh oysters/mussels) - Campbell Town and the Convict Brick Trail - Historic town - Kate’s Berry Farm Day 3: Port Arthur and Tasmanian Devils Departs Hobart at 07:30 AM, Returns Hobart 06:00 PM Overnight: Hobart (accommodation by own arrangement) - Waterfall Bay Cliff Top Walk - Pirate’s Bay Lookout, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Doo Town - Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park - Devil Feeding, walk with the wallabies, Birds of the Bush show - Port Arthur Historic Site (2hrs), Guided Walk, Harbour Cruise - Richmond Historic Village - Hobart City Lookout

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From Hobart: 3-Day Tasmania Tour to Launceston

4. From Hobart: 3-Day Tasmania Tour to Launceston

See the highlights of Tasmania in just 3 days at some of the island’s most scenic locations. Learn the history of Port Arthur, feed Tasmanian Devils, and get panoramic views from Wineglass Bay Lookout. Go for nature walks in the ancient forests of Cradle Mountain National Park, and more.  Day 1: Hobart – Port Arthur – Tasmanian Devils Conservation Park – Hobart Travel to Waterfall Bay to take a stunning cliff walk in Tasman National Park. Visit the Pirate’s Bay Lookout to see the stunning rock formations of Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen. Visit the Tasmanian Devils Conservation Park to walk with the wallabies and feed Tasmania's most famous creature. Take a tour of the Port Arthur penal colony and learn the story of transportation to Australia. Visit the historic village of Richmond before spending the night in Hobart. Day 2: Hobart – Wineglass Bay – Freycinet National Park – Launceston Make your way across to Freycinet National Park, and hike up to Wineglass Bay Lookout for stunning views. Go for a short walk to the Cape Tourville Lookout and marvel at Honeymoon Bay and Sleepy Bay. Visit Freycinet Marine Farm, where you can taste the freshest seafood. Get dropped off at your accommodation at the end of the day. Day 3: Launceston – Cradle Mountain Depart Launceston in the morning and make your way to Cradle Mountain National Park to avail of a variety of nature walks in the rainforest. Choose from the Dove Lake Walk or longer Marion’s Lookout before seeing the murals of Sheffield. Try some local Ashgrove cheese fresh from the farm before the end of the tour services.

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Port Arthur: Small Group Tour

5. Port Arthur: Small Group Tour

Discover Tasmania’s convict past on a small-group day trip from Hobart to the Tasman Peninsula and the much-maligned Port Arthur Historic Site. Be picked up from your centrally-located Hobart accommodation. Your guide will offer live commentary along the way.  The next stop is the Pirates Bay lookout. Discover how difficult it would have been to escape Port Arthur and see breathtaking scenery. Learn about life as a convict and then explore Port Arthur Historic Site where you will be able to experience a harbor cruise and an introductory guided tour. You have time to wander the grounds and soak up the compelling tales of the past.  Then, explore nature and check out unusual geological formations found in the Tasman National Park. A place of rugged beauty with some of the most stunning coastal scenery found anywhere in Australia. Your day ends with drop off back to your hotel. 

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What people are saying about Tasman Arch

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 73 reviews

The guide was very informed and interestingly informative and had a pleasant disposition.I enjoyed the whole trip including walks,stopping at lookouts so we could capture scenic shots and the guided tour and free time at Port Arthur as well as the cruise on such a beautiful day.

Port Aruther is a great place. Lots of history, activities and fun. Loved the cruise. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and very nice. Finishing the tour with visiting Richmond was a hit.

Extremely interesting and fascinating insight into the plight of the convicts and Port Arthur's history. Rob the tour guide was excellent.

Such a great tour with an excellent tour guide. Loved having someone telling us about the area and highlights as we travelled.

Fantastic trip . Need at least 2 days to see the whole site. We are already planning our next trip