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View of Port Arthur, the number one Tasmanian tourist attraction.

View of Port Arthur, the number one Tasmanian tourist attraction.

How long should I plan to stay?

The question of how long you need to spend at Port Arthur is a very personal one. It depends on your schedule, and budget, as well as your level of interest in what we have to offer.

While some visitors are happy with a fairly short visit, many others tell us that they wished they had planned to spend more time to fully experience all that the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites and the surrounding area have to offer.

This page offers some suggested itineraries to help you decide how long to spend at Port Arthur.

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Suggested itineraries

There is far more to see and do at the Port Arthur Historic Sites than you can fit into a couple of hours. Staying a night or two in the area will give you time to experience our Historic Ghost Tour, dine at Felons Bistro and explore the Tasman Peninsula, including the Coal Mines Historic Site.  

To help you to plan your visit, we’ve put together some sample itineraries which include suggested activities and an indication of the time you’ll need. These suggestions may assist you in planning how long to spend at Port Arthur and in the area.

Half a day

Arriving at around 10am and departing at around 3pm will give you enough time for the following activities:

  • Introduction to Port Arthur guided walking tour
  • Harbour cruise
  • Lunch at one of our cafés
  • Explore Port Arthur Historic Site with our printed map and visitor guide

A full day

A full day—arriving at around 10am and staying until 5pm—will allow time for the following activities:

  • Introduction to Port Arthur guided walking tour
  • Harbour cruise and Point Puer Tour
  • Lunch at one of our cafés
  • Explore Port Arthur Historic Site with an Audio Tour 
     

Two days

Taking two days and staying overnight in the Port Arthur area will allow for a thorough exploration of the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites.

Day 1
  • Morning tea at The Port Café
  • Introduction to Port Arthur guided walking tour
  • Harbour cruise and Point Puer Tour
  • Lunch at the Museum Coffee Shop
  • Explore Port Arthur Historic Site with an Audio Tour
  • Afternoon tea
  • Dinner at Felons Bistro
  • Ghost Tour
Day 2
  • Explore Port Arthur Historic Site with our printed map and visitor guide
  • Isle of the Dead tour
  • Lunch
  • Explore the Coal Mines Historic Site

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