Port Arthur was a key part of the colonial system of convict discipline. Remote, harsh, with no chance of escape, this was the perfect destination for hardened, repeat offenders.
But Port Arthur was much more than a prison.
As you walk within the Site, the powerful, personal stories of convicts, soldiers, free settlers and their families will reveal themselves to you. Port Arthur's tale is told in many ways. It will stay with you long after you have departed.
Port Arthur is a place that every Australian, and all international visitors with a wish to understand more of Australia and Australians, should visit.
These pages offer details about what you can see and do when you do make the journey, so that your experience will be memorable, meaningful and enjoyable.