Family Activities over Easter

Afternoon Theatrical Performances

Rob Rolfe and Alan Andrews in 'The Commandant'

There will be four performances held around the Penitentiary each day from Friday – Tuesday until April 18. In each performance you will meet historical characters from Port Arthur and hear more about their lives at the settlement.

Old Thompson 2:30pm

Doctor Brownell 3:10pm

Linus Miller 3:45pm

The Commandant 4:25pm


Family Activities

Young visitors make peg dolls

Between 11:30am-1pm and 1:30-2:30pm each day, you can drop in to the Education Centre (The Accountant’s House) to try your hand at traditional crafts and design, Children can make their own Port Arthur peg doll, design and make a convict love token or temporary convict tattoo, or discover the art of letter writing and wax sealing. 

In addition to our scheduled activities you can also challenge your friends to a game or quoits or croquet on the lawn, or discover more stories about Port Arthur through our collection of books, magazines, activity pages and colouring sheets. 

8- 21 April, Daily

11:30am-1pm and 1:30-2:30pm in the Accountant’s House

See the full timetable of activities in the program below. 


Refreshments at the Visiting Magistrate’s House

Fine dining room at the Visiting Magistrates House, Port Arthur Historic Site

Enjoy a wine or beer, tea or coffee and light refreshments including Devonshire Tea in this nineteenth century home, which was once occupied by some of the settlement’s most important dignitaries. Premium Tasmanian beers and wines will be available for purchase.

Available until 18 April, except Saturdays

11:30am – 4:30pm in the Visiting Magistrate’s House