There are options for getting to Port Arthur, located on the Tasman Peninsula just 93km south east of Hobart by road.
Hiring a car or driving your own is a great way to get to Port Arthur. The winding Arthur Highway takes 90 minutes from Hobart and along the way there are some unparalleled coastal views – don’t forget your camera! There are also plenty of other attractions and sightseeing opportunities during this pleasurable journey so do yourself a favour and allow extra time.
The landscape is diverse and ever-changing – beaches, coastline, forests and farmland, you’ll see it all.
Don’t miss the great opportunities for sightseeing and some gentle walks at Eaglehawk Neck along the way. Attractions include the Tesselated Pavement, the Blowhole, Tasman’s Arch and The Devil’s Kitchen, as well as the amazing Pirate’s Bay Lookout.
- Follow the Tasman Highway (A3) to Sorell, 27km out of Hobart, over the Tasman Bridge and out past the Hobart International Airport.
- Arriving in Sorell, turn right at the traffic lights to find the Arthur Highway (A9).
- A further 30 kilometres down the road in Dunalley, take a left over the canal.
- Drive another 44 kilometres further to Port Arthur.
A few things to note on a self-drive tour:
-Fuel up for your journey. Petrol can be hard to find late in the evening, with most petrol stations on the Peninsula closing before 6pm. The nearest petrol station to Port Arthur is around 15km away.
-Some hire car companies have restrictions on where you can take your rental car – many of the roads to scenic locations on the Tasman Peninsula are gravel, however the main highway to the Historic Site is sealed.
-Be careful driving in the early morning, evening and late at night. We are blessed with many native animals that frequent the roadsides and can be very unpredictable.
Discover Tasmania has some great information about self-drive touring in Tasmania, including rental car information.
Taking a bus or coach tour to Port Arthur is a relaxing way to take in the sights without having to worry about driving yourself.
The driving time from Hobart to Port Arthur is 90 minutes, though allow extra time for any stops along the way.
The public bus service Tassielink provides a bus service to the Tasman Peninsula operating 6 days a week during school terms, and 4 days a week during school holidays, head to their website for details on fares and timetables.
Many bus and coach companies operate tours in the Port Arthur region, head to the Discover Tasmania website for more details.
In the 19th Century, taking a boat to Port Arthur was the only means of transport to the area. In the 21st century, cruising to Port Arthur is a more comfortable and luxurious experience.
The Tasman Peninsula has some spectacular coastline best experienced by boat. Cruising to Port Arthur in the summer months takes around 2 and half hours, taking in the massive dolerite cliffs of Cape Raoul with the seal colony at its foot, the stunning panorama of Storm Bay and the might of the Southern Ocean.
Navigators is a Hobart based cruise company running cruises to Port Arthur each summer.
Head over to the Navigators website for more details about getting to Port Arthur by sea.