Between 1834 and 1849, three thousand boys were sentenced to the Point Puer Boys’ Prison at Port Arthur. The youngest was just nine years old.
Located across the harbour from Port Arthur, Point Puer was the first juvenile prison in the British Empire. It was known and feared for its regime of stern discipline and harsh punishment.
The Point Puer Boys’ Prison tour invites you to delve deeper into the lives of some of the thousands of boys who were sent here. On this guided walking tour, you’ll learn about the boys’ daily lives, the highs and lows of this experimental prison, and what happened to some of these young men when their time at Point Puer came to an end.
Tours depart at 11:40am and 1:40pm daily (except for the month of August* and Christmas Day), subject to weather conditions.
Tour duration is approximately 90 minutes return.
** tour prices are in addition to normal site entry fees
Tours are subject to availability. * We are sorry but there are no tours conducted during the month of August while the MV Marana is in dry dock. This is important annual maintenance where we take the opportunity to improve and update the vessel.
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.