Plaudits for Port Arthur Historic Site

June 3, 2008

Staff at the Port Arthur Historic Site are celebrating winning two significant awards. Last night, the Historic Site was named best heritage tourism destination in Australia at the annual Gourmet Traveller Travel Awards in Sydney. The awards were voted by a combination of the magazine’s readers and industry experts.

The announcement follows news received last week that the Site had been named Best Cultural Experience by Travelling in Australia Magazine in its awards to Australia’s 20 Best Experiences. Its awards were voted by an international panel of Premier Aussie Specialists, overseas travel agents with particular specialised knowledge of Australia and accredited by Tourism Australia.

Port Arthur Historic Site CEO Stephen Large said the awards were a testament to the Site and its staff.

“We all work hard to conserve this very special place and to present it and its stories to visitors from all over the world. This year, around 300,000 visitors will tour the Site, hearing stories of our past.”

Mr Large also paid tribute to the State Government for its ongoing support.

“It would not be possible for us to conserve and present the Port Arthur Historic Site and also the Coal Mines Historic Site to this standard without the significant support provided by Government.

“In turn, I believe we have demonstrated comprehensively that we can build on that investment to manage the Sites as both cultural heritage treasures and as a significant driver of tourism and economic return to the Tasman Peninsula and the State as a whole.”

Mr Large also paid tribute to the other Tasmanian recipients of awards from both magazines, including Maria Island Walks, the Freycinet Experience Walk, Cradle Mountain Lodge, Cradle Mountain Huts, Kayaking with Roaring Forties and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

The Convict Gallery at Port Arthur relates stories of the Site's past

The Convict Gallery at Port Arthur relates stories of the Site’s past