Directions to Port Arthur Historic site

  • From Hobart, take the Tasman Highway (A3) across the Tasman Bridge, past Hobart International Airport, and on to Sorell, 27 km south-east of Hobart.
  • In Sorell, turn right onto the Arthur Highway (A9) at the traffic lights in the centre of the town.
    Continue on the Arthur Highway for 30 km until you arrive in the township of Dunalley. Drive through town until you reach the bridge over the canal.
  • Turn left onto the bridge and continue for another 44 km until you see the turn off to Port Arthur Historic Site on the left.

Driving tips

Fill your car with fuel before your begin your journey. Most service stations in the region close before 6:00pm, and the closest petrol station to Port Arthur is approximately 15 km away.

Check hire car restrictions. Some car rental companies have limitations on where you can drive. The Arthur Highway (A9) is a sealed road, however many smaller roads on the Tasman Peninsula are unsealed or rough, so check your route and your hire agreement before you begin.

Watch for wildlife. Native wildlife, including large wallabies and wombats, are abundant throughout Tasmania.  Animals are most active and often encountered along the roadside at dawn and dusk so best to take special care when driving at these times.

Need more information? Check the Discover Tasmania website for tips on self-drive touring, places to visit, and hire car information in Tasmania.