guests carrying lanterns on the ghost tour

Ghost Tour

Do you believe in ghosts?

Darkness falls, and Port Arthur’s hidden side emerges.  This is a different place after sunset, full of mystery and intrigue.

As the sun sets, come out to the dark grounds of the Port Arthur Historic Site for your 90-minute, lantern-lit Ghost Tour. Follow your expert guide through some of Port Arthur’s more infamous buildings, ruins and hear vivid stories of unexplained events that have baffled and alarmed convicts, free settlers, soldiers and visitors.

More than 1000 people died at Port Arthur during its 47-year history as a penal settlement, and some people say that the souls of the departed have never left.  Documented ghost stories have been associated with Port Arthur since 1870, and since that time, many people have added to Port Arthur’s haunted reputation with their own accounts of paranormal activity.

As the lantern light guides you through the darkness and strange stories unfold, you’ll discover Port Arthur’s secrets.  Decide for yourself if the tales are true.


The suitability of Ghost Tours for children generally depends on the age and ‘stage’ of your children. Ghost Tours are popular with older children however if your child is very young, very active or susceptible to nightmares, then Ghost Tours may not be suitable.  Please note that anyone disrupting a tour may be asked to leave the tour.


This is a guided, lantern-lit walking tour that includes a 2km walk around the historic site at night.

Due to the limited access through the dark recesses of our heritage buildings, the Ghost Tour is not suitable for people with restricted mobility and is not wheelchair accessible.

Tours operate in most weather conditions, so make sure you’re prepared for the conditions – please note that umbrellas cannot be taken on the tour.

Please arrive 15–30 minutes before your scheduled tour, to allow time to check in and move to your tour departure point.

Tour Times

Tours currently depart at 6:00pm and 8:00pm


Adult: $35
Child: $18

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Eat + Drink at Port Arthur

Enjoy a quick bite before your Ghost Tour at the Port Arthur cafe open until 5:30pm every Wednesday - Sunday.

four friends smiling and enjoying a burger and salad in the port arthur cafe

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Acknowledgement of country

We would like to acknowledge that the Port Arthur Historic Site is built on unceded Aboriginal land. We pay respect to the Palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) Community, their Elders past and present.