The Tasman Peninsula’s dramatic environment created the ideal natural prison for Port Arthur’s convicts. 300-metre high sea cliffs, deep ocean and thick forests made escape an almost impossible prospect.
The only land passage north from Port Arthur was found at Eaglehawk Neck, a narrow strip of land flanked by ocean and forest. For the convicts, this too was impassable—heavily guarded by soldiers and site of the notorious Dog Line.
This extraordinary place, once so forbidding, is now one of the most beautiful and accessible destinations in Tasmania.
Things to do
Port Arthur is just one part of the Tasman Peninsula story and there are countless options for experiencing everything this area has to offer.
- Explore other World Heritage Sites such as the Coal Mines Historic Site
- Join a coastal cruise to see soaring sea cliffs and get up close to our marine wildlife
- Discover stunning natural formations like Remarkable Cave, The Devil’s Kitchen, the Tessellated Pavement and Tasman Arch
- Taste and smell locally-made natural lavender products
- Take a helicopter flight over the Tasman National Park and the famous Three Capes Track
- Stop and visit local distilleries crafting small batch gin, vodka and whisky
- Walk along secluded beaches
- Hike along world-famous tracks to see breathtaking views from Australia’s highest sea cliffs
- Visit the Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, home of the infamous dog-line
- Tour the Convict Trail, via Nubeena, Premaydena, Saltwater River, Koonya and Taranna
Stay a while
Take a couple of days or more to immerse yourself in all the experiences available in the Port Arthur area. Choose your preferred style of accommodation, from quaint and comfy to cool and classy, including authentic, convict-era cottages and homes, motels, hotels and cabins.
You’ll find a Tasmanian Visitor Information Network (TVIN) Desk within the Visitor Centre at the Port Arthur Historic Site. Ask our friendly staff for suggestions and help with accommodation bookings and activities. Telephone +61 (0)3 6251 2371
The Port Arthur and Tasman Tourism Association (PATTA) website has comprehensive information on things to do and see in the region. Managed by local tourism operators, the site includes activities, accommodation, attractions, food and wine and local services. Download a copy of the Tasman region brochure, or pick up a copy from Visitor Information Centres around Tasmania and from local operators.
Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula are a must-see part of the Greater Hobart area. There are many other experiences and activities available to make an extended stay in the region a great holiday experience, for more details see the website.
Discover Tasmania, the official tourism website for Tasmania, offers everything you need to plan your holiday. Explore the state’s five unique regions, find out what’s on, uncover local secrets and book your accommodation or activities online.