The Port Arthur Historic Site has enjoyed record-breaking visitation for the second year in succession.
In the 2008-09 financial year, the record for day time visitor number was broken with 261,300 day time visitors at the Site. This compares with the previous record set in 2007-08 of 254,700 daytime visitors.
Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority CEO Stephen Large said that the result was impressive given the global economic downturn.
“Tasmania overall is weathering the downturn well, and Port Arthur continues to be a ‘must-see’ component of any visit to Tasmania – a result of the significance of our Sites and of the interpretation and overall experience we offer to visitors here.”
Mr Large said that record visitation thus far during the winter months was particularly impressive also given the very wet weather in the area and over much of the State in the past couple of months.
“The visitors have kept coming, and it is a real credit to our team, particularly our guiding staff, who have kept the service and the experience we offer up to scratch under some of the most sustained adverse weather conditions anyone can remember,” said Mr Large. In June alone, Port Arthur received in excess of 229mm of rain, up from just 59.6mm for the same period in 2008.
The Port Arthur Historic Site is open 365 days per year. Visitors should bear in mind that the Site is exposed to a variety of conditions, which can change abruptly. Visitors should wear comfortable footwear and bring warm, and preferably waterproof, clothing.