Special offer to celebrate State’s convict heritage

September 9, 2008

Visitors to the Port Arthur Historic Site during September will once again have the opportunity to make return visits free of charge for the next two years.

The special two-year “Ticket of Leave” offer celebrates several anniversaries at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

• Port Arthur was founded as a prison settlement in September 1830.

• September is also the month in which the prison at the Site was eventually closed, in 1877.

• The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority was created under the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority Act 1987, which received Royal assent on 18 August 1987. It commenced operation the following month.

Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts Michelle O’Byrne encouraged Tasmanians, and especially those who have not been to the historic site for a while, to visit during the anniversary month.

Ms O’Byrne said that in the 21 years since it was established, the Management Authority has worked to ensure that the Port Arthur Historic Site is today a heritage treasure of international significance.

“Everyone who visits during September and purchases a day entry pass or package will be offered, free of charge, an upgrade to the site’s two-year Ticket of Leave entry pass,” she said.

“There is so much to see and do at the Port Arthur and Coal Mines historic sites that one day is really not enough. This way, people can return as often as they like within the two years, free of charge.

“The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority’s conservation work and the innovative ways in which visitors are able to hear the stories of the site’s history and understand its significance are acknowledged as world class.”

“The Ticket of Leave is a terrific way for Tasmanians to become ambassadors for the Historic Site, and for Tasmania’s heritage in general,” she said.

“It means that when friends and relatives come to visit, it is easy and affordable to accompany them and show off our convict heritage treasure.”

Ms O’Byrne said the site’s importance as a visitor experience has been recognised by major tourism awards and its inclusion in a nomination for World Heritage status will raise the profile even further.

“The recently reopened Separate Prison has been transformed into a truly extraordinary and emotional visitor experience, and it alone is a great reason to visit the Site.”

The free Ticket of Leave offer is available to all visitors to the Port Arthur Historic Site who purchase a day-entry ticket or package between September 1 and 30.

Having a Ticket of Leave pass will enable you to enjoy all of the experience available at Port Arthur

Having a Ticket of Leave pass will enable you to enjoy all of the experience available at Port Arthur

Take a guided tour at Port Arthur and hear amazing stories

Take a guided tour at Port Arthur and hear amazing stories

Explore what were once the busiest dockyards in the colony

Explore what were once the busiest dockyards in the colony

Cruise on the spectacular harbour

Cruise on the spectacular harbour

Get to know a real convict

Get to know a real convict

Experience the chills and thrills of a historic ghost tour

Experience the chills and thrills of a historic ghost tour

Visit Point Puer and the Isle of the Dead

Visit Point Puer and the Isle of the Dead