Port Arthur Historic Site
The Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula is one of Australia's most significant heritage areas and an open air museum.
The site has more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes dating from the prison's establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877. During this time around 12,500 convicts served sentences and for many it was a living hell.
The site forms part of the Australian Convict Sites, a World Heritage property consisting of eleven remnant penal sites originally built within the British Empire during the 18th and 19th centuries on fertile Australian coastal strips. 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."
Today, the site sits in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds, and you'll need plenty of time to fully experience all that it has to offer.
Port Arthur Historic Site is located approximately 60 km south-east of Hobart and is open every day of the year.
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