TOUR INTRODUCTION (150 words max)
This departure is space set aside on lift-equipped vehicles for wheelchair confined passengers - please be sure to read the Notes section of the tour description regarding requesting this space. The wild and scenic Tasman Peninsula was home to Australia's last penal settlement - the infamous Port Arthur. Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site for a guided tour of the open-air ruins and restored buildings.
FULL DESCRIPTION (500 words max)
Your narrated tour begins in Hobart at the pier where you’ll board a motorcoach and drive along the wild and scenic Tasman Peninsula. We’ll stop at a lookout at Pirates Bay for a photo opportunity, which offers a commanding view of Eaglehawk Neck and the peninsula’s stunning east coast.
Afterwards, we’ll re-board the motorcoach and drive through Eaglehawk Neck. Referred by locals as “the neck,” this isthmus is a natural gateway to the peninsula. In the 1830s, the British would post guard dogs across the neck to prevent Port Arthur’s prison convicts from attempting to escape across it.
Continue on to infamous Port Arthur. From the 1830s to the 1870s, more than 12,000 convicts passed through this correctional facility. Upon arrival, your knowledgeable guides and the exhibits at the Interpretation Centre will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the penal colony's history and workings. Explore the open-air ruins and more than 30 restored buildings, which include the Commandant's house and Smith O'Brien's house. Wander through the early colonial gardens and then board the M.V. Marana for the harbour cruise that travels past the eerie island cemetery, the Isle of the Dead, the dockyards and Point Puer Boys prison. Includes a stop for lunch at the Port Arthur Cafe.
En route to the pier, you’ll have time for some great photo opportunities. We’ll stop to admire this isolated area’s contradictory beauty. Its rugged terrain has several striking geologic formations, such as the Tessallated Pavement, Tasman's Arch, Blowhole and Devil's Kitchen.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION USED IN TOUR BOOK (250 words max)
Take a fascinating look into history on this all-day tour where you’ll visit the historic Port Arthur, Australia’s infamous penal settlement and recently entered onto the World Heritage List. This tour also includes a narrated drive along spectacular coastal scenery and a light lunch. First stop is Pirates Bay, which offers a commanding view of the peninsula’s stunning east coast. Travel through Eaglehawk Neck; the isthmus that connected the peninsula where the British once posted guard dogs to prevent Port Arthur’s convicts from escaping across it. At Port Arthur, see where more than 12,000 inmates passed through for nearly 40 years. Explore the grounds, then board the M.V. Marana for a harbour cruise that takes you past the island cemetery, Isle of the Dead and Point Puer Boys prison. After lunch, we’ll stop for a photo opportunity of one of several striking geologic formations.