Shades of Port Arthur (90 minutes)

Not all spirits wait for sunset

Exclusive OFF Season experience available for a limited time!

Join our guide as the light wanes and they share stories of unexplained phenomenon experienced throughout our history.

For anyone who loves the Port Arthur Ghost tour  – this is an entirely different tour!

Hear true tale reports of ethereal sounds of children laughing,  rocking chairs that move by themselves, cool breezes in stagnant rooms and mysterious faces captured in the sandstone.  Keep your eyes and ears open as you enjoy exclusive access to the Penitentiary, Guard Tower, Commandant’s House and the old Hospital.


Shades of Port Arthur is a special OFF Season experience that departs the Port Arthur Visitor Centre at 3:30pm every Saturday until 31 August.  Tours run approximately 90 minutes.


Shades of Port Arthur operates during daylight hours and is considered family-friendly. However if your child is very young, very active or susceptible to nightmares, then Shades of Port Arthur may not be suitable.


Adult $35
Child $18

Children aged 17 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Spaces are limited and bookings are essential.


This is a guided walking tour that includes a 2km walk around the historic site. Due to the steep incline of some of the locations, this 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.

1830 Restaurant & Bar is open Saturday evenings for bar snacks from 3:00pm, and dinner reservations from 5:00pm.

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