Point Puer Boys’ Prison Tour

The Tour

The Point Puer Boys’ Prison tour gives you the chance to delve deeper into the lives of a few of the 3000 boys sent to the boy’s prison. Hear about the daily lives of the boys, the highs and lows of the experimental prison, and what happened to some of the individual characters after their time at Point Puer was complete.

History of Point Puer boys’ prison

Between 1834 and 1849, 3000 boys were sentenced to go to the boys’ prison at Point Puer.  The youngest had just turned 9 years old.

Located across the harbour from Port Arthur, Point Puer was the first separate boys’ prison in the British Empire. It was renowned for its regime of stern discipline and harsh punishment.

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Tour Details

The tour departs daily (except during August and on Christmas Day), subject to weather conditions, tour times are available in the planning section.

  • The Point Puer tour is conducted outdoors. There are no facilities or shelters at Point Puer, so come prepared for all weather.
  • Allow two hours return.
  • This is an optional tour, requiring an additional entry ticket. Tickets can be purchased as part of Site Entry either online, at our Visitor Centre or from on board the harbour cruise.

Current tour times and prices

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Accessibility

Our tours to the Isle of the Dead Cemetery and Point Puer Boys’ Prison are not recommended for those with mobility restrictions. Please refer to our Accessibility page for further information.