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 and 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, and decide for yourself if the tales are true.
Tours run approximately 90 minutes and depart every evening, except Christmas Day.
Ghost Tour departure times vary each month and with daylight savings –
Starting from the first Sunday in April, tours depart at 6:30pm and 8:30pm
May tours depart at 6:00pm and 8:00pm
June & July tours depart at 5:30pm and 7:30pm
August tours depart at 6:00pm and 8:00pm
September tours depart at 6:30pm and 8:30pm
From the first Sunday in October through to March tours depart at 8:45 and 9:00pm
CHILDREN ON GHOST TOURS
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 tends to suffer with nightmares, then Ghost Tours may not be suitable. If your child is disruptive to the tour, your guide will request that you leave the tour.
Children aged 17 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Bookings are essential.
This is a guided, lantern-lit walking tour that includes a two-kilometre walk around the 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 not wheelchair accessible.
Tours operate in most weather conditions, so make sure you’re prepared for the conditions.
Please arrive 15–30 minutes before your scheduled tour, to allow time to check in and move to your tour departure point.