Summer Activities at Port Arthur

Afternoon Theatrical Performances

Rob Rolfe and Alan Andrews in 'The Commandant'

There will be four performances held around the Penitentiary each day from Sunday – Thursday; December 27 – 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;30-2:30pm each day, you can drop in to the Education Centre (The Accountant’s House) to engage in interactive displays, play nineteenth century games, or take part in one of our hands-on activities such as making temporary convict tattoos, dressing a peg doll, designing a convict love token or making a fantascope.

See the Timetable below for a full schedule of activities.

26 December – 26 January, Daily

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



Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Communication at Port Arthur

Learn how to use a traditional wax seal

Join us to discover some of the ways that the people of Port Arthur kept in touch with the outside world, from the first convict settlement through to the early days of tourism in the twentieth century. Through hands-on activities children will discover different types of communication such as the Port Arthur semaphore system, and the art of letter writing and wax sealing. They will also have the chance to make a Port Arthur postcard and post it at the site of the Carnarvon Post Office.

8-20 January, except Saturdays

3:00-4:30pm in the Accountant’s House



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.

28 December – 18 April, except Saturdays

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