Carols by Candlelight
Sunday 22 December, 8.30pm
Join the traditional carol singing in the convict church at Port Arthur.
Boxing Day Woodchops
Thursday 26 December, commencing at 9am
One of Australia’s longest running sports carnivals, the event this year will include stalls and traditional kids’ sports activities.
Boxing Day Woodchopping Carnival at Port Arthur
Family Friendly Ghost Tours
28 December-26 January, 7:30 pm daily
Special family friendly PG- rated ghost tour designed with the younger visitor and their family in mind. For more information or to book: Historic Ghost Tour
Paranormal Investigation Experience
Due to popular demand the Paranormal Investigation Experience tours will be offered twice monthly during the warmer months of January, February & March. For more information or to book: Paranormal Investigation Experience
Devonshire Tea at the Visiting Magistrates House
1-31 January, daily from 2.30-4pm excluding Saturdays
Refresh yourself in style at the gloriously refurbished mid-nineteenth century home that affords a magnificent vista over the grounds of the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Premium Tasmanian beers and wines will be available.
$14 per person, reservations essential. Call 1800 659 101.
Experience Devonshire Tea at the Visiting Magistrates House at Port Arthur
Family Fun Activities
26 December-26 January daily
Spend some time at our Education Centre and try your hand at some traditional crafts, design work and trades. Make your own peg doll or replica 1/4 size convict brick. Learn about early animation by assembling a phantascope or try your hand at making convict love tokens. Activities are offered in two sessions each day, 12–1.30pm and 2–3pm. Check the information board downstairs in the Visitor Centre for today's activities.
Hidden Stories Activity Book
Pick up your free copy of the 'Hidden Stories' kids activity book at the ticketing counter. This book is a great way for kids aged 8 and above to discover the history of Port Arthur through activities and puzzles. Collect your free copy at the Visitors Centre upon arrival. Don't forget to collect your stamps along the way!
Making peg dolls is one of the popular pastime in which families can join in as part of Port Arthur's Family Activities program.
Port Arthur History Plays
27 December-24 January daily except Saturdays
A scene from A Boys Life, performed at Port Arthur at Easter 2012
The Man Who Threw a Stone
By Richard Davey.
Performed in the Separate Prison at 11.45am & 2.45pm. Please be seated early to allow a prompt start.
The Shingle Strike
by David Young
Performed behind the Penitentiary at 12.30pm and 4.15pm (weather permitting)
A Boy’s Life
by Les Winspear
Performed behind the Penitentiary at 1.15pm and 3.30pm (weather permitting)
This year, the plays are produced and directed by Chris Hamley.
Each play runs approximately 20 minutes.
5-17 January daily, excluding Saturdays
Many Convicts played a part in building Port Arthur, some as skilled tradesmen and others as apprentices. Find out about these trades and what it means for conserving the site today.
Kids large and small can try their hand at the traditional Port Arthur trades of stone masonry and brick laying. Work with our experienced conservation staff and learn how convicts carved stone and laid bricks.
Sessions will run for an hour and a half daily excluding Saturdays.
Carved in stone – Stone Masonry @ Port Arthur
5-10 January 1:30pm - 3:00pm opposite the Convict Church
Bricks & Mortar
12-17 January,2:00pm - 3:30pm at the Penitentiary
Port Arthur Champagne Cruise
Fridays and Saturdays, December 2013 - April 2014, 5:30pm
Ok, so the bubbles may not be the traditional French variety but the rest of this tour is the real deal! Join us for a relaxing 1 hour cruise of the waters surrounding the iconic Port Arthur Historic Site. Enjoy a glass of premium Tasmanian sparkling wine or beer and take in the sites from the comfortable and spacious MV Marana.
A wonderful interlude for those staying on site for a Ghost Tour or just looking for a relaxed way to complete their day of exploring.
Tickets available by phone 03 6223 1914, in person at Hobart or Port Arthur Visitor Information offices or online here.
Enjoy a twilight champagne harbour cruise at Port Arthur this summer
Boxing Day Woodchops
Every Boxing Day for the last 100 years or so, Port Arthur has hosted one of Australia's oldest continuing sporting carnivals.
Family fun activities
A range of fun - and educational - family activities, including convict-era crafts, pastimes and games, offered by our Education Officer and guides.
A series of three short plays, each exploring an aspect of Port Arthur's history in an entertaining and engaging way.