Special offer to celebrate State’s convict heritage

July 16, 2007


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

The special two-year “Ticket of Leave” offer is part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority.

During the two decades since it was established, the Management Authority has developed the Port Arthur Historic Site into a heritage treasure of international significance. PAHSMA’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.

All Tasmanians, and especially those who have not been to the historic site lately, are encouraged to visit during the anniversary month.

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.

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

The Site’s importance as a visitor experience has been recognised by major tourism awards and its impending nomination for World Heritage status will raise the profile even further.

Other celebrations marking the anniversary include an afternoon symposium to review the history and achievements of the Port Arthur Historic Site, a special anniversary dinner, an archaeology planning workshop and a picnic at the Coal Mines Historic 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 Saturday 1 September and Sunday 7 October, 2007.

More information on the Port Arthur Historic Site is available at www.portarthur.org.au


  • 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.
  • September also marks the 130th anniversary of the closure of the prison at the Site.
  • The month also marks the 177th anniversary of the founding of Port Arthur.
  • 2007 marks the 30th anniversary of archaeological study of the Port Arthur Historic Site.
  • Management of the Coal Mines Historic Site was transferred to PAHSMA in late 2004