Journey across Port Arthur’s harbour to visit two of the site’s most enigmatic places – Point Puer Boys’ Prison and the Isle of the Dead.
Point Puer was the British Empire’s first separate prison for boys, which over its 15-year history, held more than 3000 prisoners, some as young as nine. And, just over the water from Point Puer, the tiny Isle of the Dead was the final resting place for over 1000 of Port Arthur’s people, from convicts to officers, women and children.
Combine the Isle of the Dead and Point Puer tours with your site entry ticket to fully experience everything the site has to offer. While you can take both of these tours in a single day, we recommend making the most of your two-day site entry, and spreading the experiences over a couple of days, to allow enough time to explore more of the house museums and interpretation around the site.
Tours depart at 11:00am and 1:00pm daily (except Christmas Day), subject to weather conditions.
Tour duration is approximately 3 hours return.
Site entry is included with your combined Point Puer Boys’ Prison and Isle of the Dead tour.
Tours are subject to availability (note closure dates below).
This tour is conducted outdoors. There are no facilities or shelters at Point Puer, so best be prepared for all kinds of Tasmanian weather.
Due to the natural terrain and access to Point Puer, this tour is not suitable for people with restricted mobility and not wheelchair accessible.
TEMPORARY CLOSURE 1 JULY – 27 AUG 2019
We’re very sorry, the Isle of the Dead cemetery tour and combined tour will not be available from Monday 1st July 2019 to Tuesday 27th August 2019.
We apologise for any inconvenience however the closure is necessary so that we can continue improvements and extensions to the walkway on the island. The completed walkway will protect the sensitive environment and heritage headstones, as well as improve the tour experience. Click here to find out more.
We anticipate the Isle of the Dead cemetery tour to recommence after 28th August 2019, however this is subject to weather conditions and may be updated.