Follow footsteps of convict water bearers

April 20, 2005

The visitor experience at the Port Arthur Historic Site has been further enhanced with the launch of a walking trail and a new guidebook.

The two initiatives add a new dimension to a visit to the popular tourist destination.

The Convict Water Supply Trail is a self-guided walk designed to appeal to families and the growing number of visitors interested in short walks.

The trail aims to take visitors beyond the manicured lawns and gardens of the historic site and into the surrounding bushland.

A walk along the 600metre-long trail will highlight the difficulties faced by the convicts and the huge effort required to supply water to power the penal settlement’s flour-milling enterprise.

It will also show the importance of the provision of drinking water to the infamous penal colony.

Access to the trail is included in the Port Arthur Historic Site entry pass.

The new Visitor Guide Book has been produced in five languages – English, French, German, Chinese and Japanese – and will be issued to all visitors.

It includes a potted history of the penal colony and a brief history of the buildings based on research by professional historians and archaeologists as well as other experts, including PAHSMA staff.

The guide book is in full colour and was produced entirely within Tasmania.