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The Point Puer Boys Prison Tour is accessed by a short ferry trip from Port Arthur

The Point Puer Boys Prison Tour is accessed by a short ferry trip from Port Arthur.

Point Puer Boys' Prison Tour

Three thousand boys, some as young as nine years old, were sentenced to the Point Puer Boys’ Prison between 1834 and 1849.
Located across the harbour from Port Arthur, Point Puer was the first reformatory built exclusively for juvenile male convicts in the British Empire. It was renowned for its regime of stern discipline and harsh punishment.

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The Point Puer Boys Prison was the first and earliest juvenile prison in British Empire


 The walking tour of Point Puer lasts approximately one hour, but allow two hours to include the return ferry trip.

The walking tour takes place outside so make sure you wear comfortable shoes and carry sun protection and wet weather clothing. The tour departs either once or twice a day, subject to weather conditions and according to the season (except during August and on Christmas Day). Contact the Visitor Centre for times on
1800 659 101.

This is an optional tour, requiring an additional ticket. Tickets can be purchased as part of an Experience Pass at our Visitor Centre or from onboard the harbour cruise.

Allow two hours.


Our tours to the Isle of the Dead and Point Puer Boys Prison are not recommended for those with mobility restrictions. Please refer to our Disabled access and facilities page for further information.