Be Prepared

Be Prepared for Changeable Weather

The Port Arthur Historic Site is a large, outdoor site covering 40 hectares or 100 acres, and is subject to sudden changes of weather. Many of our buildings no longer have roofs, which can lead to limited shelter on rainy days.  Being adequately prepared for your visit will ensure that your day is both safe and comfortable.  All of our tours take place outdoors – rain, hail or shine! We suggest you check the weather forecast for the day of your visit, and prepare accordingly.

  • Wear comfortable clothes – we recommend layers
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Bring a raincoat – windy conditions can render an umbrella useless
  • Bring sunscreen and a hat

Tours are rarely cancelled due to unfavourable weather, your tour guide will do what they can to make you more comfortable in inclement conditions however tours to the Isle of the Dead and Point Puer Boys Prison operate in areas where shelter is limited.  Most necessities such as sunscreen, hats and wet-weather ponchos can also be purchased in our onsite Gift Shop.



Tours are conducted primarily in English only, with Introductory Walking tours also available in Mandarin several days each week.

Printed visitor guides are available in English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French and German from the Port Arthur Historic Site Visitor Centre, and available to download here.


The complimentary Introductory Tour and Harbour Cruise are both wheelchair accessible. However, the Ghost Tour and tours to the Isle of the Dead and Point Puer Boys Prison are not recommended for those with mobility restrictions.

More information on access and facilities for visitors with disabilities.