Conservation Works


As part of maintaining a World Heritage Site, our Conservation team are regularly working across the Port Arthur Historic Site. Some of these works may cause minor disruptions to visitor experience and have been listed below. We appreciate your understanding as we preserve and maintain the site and its heritage values for future generations as well as the safety of our visitors and staff.


Built Elements Monitoring Project

Surveyors are on site performing laser scans of ruins and retaining walls.  Visitor access to the ruins is of priority, and will only be restricted for safety reasons.  Scanning of popular buildings are planned to occur in the mornings prior to 9am.


Separate Prison Masonry Conservation

Masonry works is now limited to the building’s exterior and exercise yards, with the building open to the public.


Island of the Dead
June to August

Updating of the walkways on the Island of the Dead are planned for the winter period.

Major works on the Island are planned for July 31st to August 23rd and the island will be closed for this period. Materials will be airlifted to the island on July 30th, causing some disruption on the island.


Repair works to the Jetty pontoon

Repairs are scheduled to be performed on the Port Arthur Jetty pontoon.  The repairs are expected to take less than a week to complete, with exact dates to be confirmed.  Some equipment may be audible across the site when in use.