Information to help you plan your excursion to Port Arthur.


Opening hours

The Port Arthur Historic Site is open to the public 7 days a week from 9:00am – 5:00pm (closed Christmas Day).

Our education programs are available Monday to Friday. Requests for programs on weekends are subject to availability and may incur extra costs.

What to bring

Port Arthur is a large outdoor site. It is important that students dress to the conditions on the day and are prepared for any sudden changes in the weather.

  • Wear layered clothing
  • Wear enclosed shoes suitable for walking and uneven surfaces
  • Bring a windproof raincoat
  • Bring a hat and sunscreen; and
  • Bring a water bottle.

It is recommended that students bring only the items they require for the day – we do not have cloaking facilities on site. Bags and other personal belongings should not be left unattended. PAHSMA is not responsible for loss or theft of personal property which has been left unattended.

Hats, sunscreen, and wet weather ponchos are available for purchase in our Gift Shop (open 10.00am – 5.00pm).

Where to eat

The Port Arthur Café, open daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm, is located on the upper level of the Visitor Centre and offers a wide selection of food, snacks, and drinks, including grab ‘n’ go options.

The Museum Café, open daily from 11:00am – 3.00pm, is located at the Asylum and has a selection of snacks and drinks.

Groups of 20 or more can request options from our School Catering Menu. Group catering requests must be received with a minimum of 7 days’ notice from the date of your visit and can be arranged with the Education team when making your booking.

Catering for dinner is only available for large groups of over 60, Wednesday through Saturday. Requests must be received with a minimum of 7 days’ notice from the date of your visit and can be arranged with the Education team when making your booking.

Students are more than welcome to bring their own food; however, groups are responsible transporting and storing this food throughout the day.


Our tour guides and education staff are responsible for facilitating your program.

Teachers and other accompanying adults are required to remain with their group at all times to supervise students. We require a minimum of 1 teacher/adult supervisor for every 10 students for this purpose.


The Port Arthur Historic Site is extensive and covers a range of terrain. Some areas offer independent wheelchair access, while others may require assisted access.

Our Visitor Centre, including the Port Arthur Café and Gallery, is wheelchair accessible via ramps or elevator. The harbour cruise is also wheelchair accessible. Accessible bathroom facilities are located in the Visitor Centre, Asylum, and near the Clerk of Works’ House in the Dockyard area.

While some of our historic buildings and ruins can be accessed via wheelchair, groups are advised that many areas of the site are difficult to access for those with mobility issues. Please contact our Education team for more information so that we can best support your visit. Wheelchairs are also available for loan from the Visitor Centre.

If your students have any other access needs, please let us know when making a booking.

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Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how to get the most out of your visit to Port Arthur, please contact our Education team.