Port Arthur Historic Site © Tourism Tasmania and John de la RocheSituated on the Tasman Peninsula with land access solely through a tiny isthmus at Eaglehawk Neck, Port Arthur was once a forbidding place of exile – a prison settlement for the very worst of convicts. About 12,500 convicts served life sentences at this site. In a landscape created largely by convict labour, the prison buildings that withstood the ravages of time and fire have been restored as a fascinating window on this grim period in Australia’s past. Today Port Arthur rests in peace amidst English oaks and expansive green lawns that roll down to the water’s edge. The Port Arthur Visitor Centre situated within the site is a world-class complex which houses an interpretive gallery, gift shop and restaurant. The town provides a range of accommodation and tours to the many places of interest in the area.

Geographic Location

100km South East of Hobart

Population

200

Climate

Maritime

Summer:
11 – 18°C
Winter: 5 – 11°C

Rainfall
1180mm/year