New experience for cruise ship visitors to Port Arthur
The Port Arthur Historic Site welcomed the first visit for the season by a big cruise ship, the Sea Princess, with around 2000 passengers on board, and offered another first, a new tour to the Coal Mines, an offer taken up and enjoyed by many of them.
Major conservation project for Port Arthur's Penitentiary
Port Arthur's Penitentiary is arguably one of Tasmania's, even Australia's, defining images, particularly in terms of tourism and heritage. In the promotion of tourism the Penitentiary is up there with Uluru, the Opera House and Cradle Mountain.
New Isle of the Dead Jetty officially opened
Minister for Heritage, Brian Wightman MP, today officially opened the new jetty on the Isle of the Dead at Port Arthur, facilitating access for around 23,000 visitors who tour the island each year.
Boxing Day festival at Port Arthur a long tradition
Every year on Boxing Day the Port Arthur Historic Site is very pleased to host the Port Arthur Woodchops. It is thought that this is one, and possibly THE longest running, sports carnival in Australia.
A summer of discovery at Port Arthur
The Port Arthur Historic Site has a range of fascinating, hands-on activities on offer this summer that will allow visitors to get up close and personal with some of the untold stories of site's past.
'Thrust into the cells beneath'
Recent archaeological excavations and discoveries at the Penitentiary Chapel, Hobart will be the subject of the next Port Arthur Talk, this Wednesday.
Kids go for free at Port Arthur this spring
The Port Arthur Historic Site offering FREE ENTRY for kids accompanied by the family (2 adults and up to six children under 18) on Saturdays from 24 September until 17 December.
Isle of the Dead tours currently closed
The popular Isle of the Dead cemetery tour at the Port Arthur Historic Site will not be available for several weeks while a new jetty is being built.
Condolences to the People of Norway appreciated
In July, the Chairman of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority,Dr Barry Jones, wrote to the Norwegian Ambassador in Canberra to express our organisation's sympathy and condolences in the aftermath of that nation's tragic massacre.
Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
A new era has begun at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in South Hobart, with responsibility for the management having recently been passed to the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) and the appointment of a new site manager.
Winter storms lead to new learning
The storms that lashed the Port Arthur Historic Site in July are likely to lead to new understanding of the impacts of weather events on heritage sites in coastal areas, information that will be shared.
Port Arthur celebrating significant cultural gift
The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is celebrating the gift of a significant collection of records and artefacts belonging to a former Commandant at the penal settlement, James Boyd.
June School Holiday activities at Port Arthur
The Port Arthur Historic Site has lots for families to enjoy together. Wander through the old houses and let the kids marvel at the way people used to live or drop by our Education Centre and see what's happening.
Discover the strange story of Port Arthur's elk
Port Arthur's agricultural heritage generally takes a back seat to its history of crime and punishment. But Port Arthur was a productive agricultural settlement, with crops and livestock. That livestock included, for a few months in 1871, an elk!
Art exhibition opens at Port Arthur
An exhibition of works by Tasman Peninsula artists has opened at the Port Arthur Historic Site. It is just one of a number of activities offered at the World Heritage-listed site over the Easter week.
Learn about lime paint finishes at Port Arthur
The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority is offering a rare opportunity to find out more about the use of lime in heritage buildings and in particular the preparation and application of lime wash and distemper.
Strange Fruit mesmerise audiences at Port Arthur
Despite some very ordinary weather in the couple of days prior to the event, Australian performance artists Strange Fruit triumphed over the odds to perform 'Ringing the Changes' at the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Furniture the focus of next Port Arthur Talk
What can the stories of Tasmania's early furniture tell us about our history? Find out in the next Port Arthur Talk, when Robyn Lake discusses Trade trails: the convict cabinetmakers transported to Van Diemen's Land during the Assignment era, 1803-1839.
Latest Port Arthur eNewsletter out now
The latest issue of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority's Ticket of Leave eNewsletter contains information about some fantastic forthcoming events, including an amazing event presented as part of Ten Days on the Island, and much much more.
Aerial acts of daring beauty at Port Arthur
Over three days, the Port Arthur Historic Site will play host to a glorious outdoor performance entitled "Ringing the Changes" by Australia's internationally celebrated Strange Fruit.
Public archaeology a hit at Port Arthur
The public archaeology Program during January gave many of the Port Arthur Historic Site's visitors a chance to see an archaeological excavation first hand.
Port Arthur's Poplars
Management of significant trees and landscape in our heritage environment has been presenting some fascinating challenges to staff at the Port Arthur Historic Site.