The Isle of the Dead holds the stories of many of the people of Port Arthur – in life and death.
Port Arthur’s tiny cemetery island is the final resting place for more than 1000 convicts, military and civil officers, women and children, who were buried here between 1833 and 1877. The Isle of the Dead has two separate burial sections – convicts were laid to rest in mostly unmarked graves at the island’s southern end, while the higher northern end was reserved for free and military burials, marked by headstones. The anonymity of the convicts was somewhat redressed after 1850, when some convict graves were given headstones.
On this tour, you’ll journey to the island aboard the MV Marana, and take a guided walking tour of the island. You’ll hear the personal stories of convicts who were transported here from across the world, the soldiers who gave their lives to guard the prison, the officers, and their families who followed them to the ends of the earth.
Tours depart at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:20pm daily, except Christmas Day (please note closure dates below); tour duration is approximately one hour return.
* tour prices are in addition to normal site entry fees
TEMPORARY CLOSURES FOR CONSERVATION WORKS
We are undertaking some important conservation work on the island to improve the visitor experience and ensure the preservation of the headstones. Unfortunately, we will have to close the island to undertake some of this work which means that the Isle of the Dead Cemetery Tour will be closed from 27 April – 2 May and again from 26 May – 27 June 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience but will ensure that there are alternative tours available during this period. Please contact our reservation team for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 6251 2310.
Tours are subject to availability and will be closed from 27 April – 2 May and 26 May – 27 June 2020.
This tour is conducted outdoors and there are no services or shelters on the island, so we recommend to be prepared for all weather.
The Isle of the Dead tour is not recommended for people with restricted mobility.
Please contact our reservation team for more information at email@example.com or phone 6251 2310.