To help you and your students make the most of your visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site, we’ve created a range of resources and lesson plans for primary and secondary students. Download the resources you need to prepare for your visit, or contact us for more information.

Lesson plans

Our lesson plans will help you create the best possible learning experience for your students, before and after your visit to Port Arthur Historic Site.

For lesson plans and resources relating to our onsite activities see the School Visit Resources page

Educational Resources

The Education Resource list provides details of a range of additional published material related to Port Arthur and the convict era, to help enhance your students’ knowledge and understanding. If you would like to request any additional resources or information that you can’t find on our website, please contact the Education Officer 

Port Arthur Historic Site and the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site are also featured in an ABC Education online ‘digibook’ resource. The resource is appropriate for students studying the Australian Curriculum at Years 4, 5 and 9. To access ‘The Colonisation of Hobart’ follow the link below:

ABC Education Digibook – The Colonisation of Hobart 

Discovery Box

The Port Arthur Discovery Box is a fantastic way to give your students a first-hand experience of Port Arthur, without leaving the classroom. This resource includes two travelling boxes filled with authentic convict artefacts, photos, maps, books, information and a list of additional resources. A teaching pack is also included.
The Discovery Boxes are available to Tasmanian schools, and can be borrowed free of charge for 2–4 weeks. Bookings are essential. Boxes can be collected from the Port Arthur Historic Site or the Cascades Female Factory Site in South Hobart.

Contact us for further information, or to book your Discovery Box now.

School visits

Book a visit

Give your students a learning experience they will treasure for life by bringing them to the Port Arthur Historic Site. We offer a choice of guided walks, optional tours and a range of guided and self-guided activities, as well as resources to assist with pre-visit learning.