Port Arthur Area Tourism & Travel
Port Arthur Australia
Situated on the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania some 60kms southeast of the capital city of Hobart, the picturesque Port Arthur area is most famous for its well-preserved infamous penal settlement. The quaint village is known to have one of Australias prettiest harbours, and is surrounded by a spectacular coastline with many beautiful natural sites to see and explore.
Port Arthur Area Attractions
Best known for its famous Penal settlement, Port Arthur is the perfect base to explore this hugely popular attraction as well as the beautiful surrounding area. After obtaining a significant dose of Tasmanias history at the Port Arthurs historic site, theres nothing better than a relaxing stroll along the areas spectacular coastline which is also popular for surfing and various water sports.
Port Arthur Area Beaches
The spectacular coastline of the Port Arthur area consists of a number of beautiful beaches and bays, including Stewarts Beach, Stewarts Bay, Ladies Bay and Mason Cove. White Beach in nearby Nubeena is great for swimming and relaxing, and Roaring Beach is popular among surfers.
Port Arthur Area - Near by
Magnificent rock formations are found nearby including the much-photographed Devils kitchen, Tasmans arch, and the Blowhole. Some 20kms northwest is the Coal Mines Historic Site where the repeat offenders from Port Arthur worked underground extracting coal. The nearby shack community, affectionately named Doo Town is a must see. Look out for the quirky names such as Gunna Doo, Shell Doo, and Humpty Doo. For breathtaking views over Port Arthur, Palmers Lookout is the place to be.
One of the Port Arthur areas number one attractions is located within the Tasman National Park. The Remarkable Cave, created by wave erosion is a must see as its distinctive opening is thought to resemble a map of Tasmania. From here, the walk to the beautiful sand dune bordered Crescent Bay takes in magnificent views along the coastline. Just north of Port Arthur, the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park is renowned for its vast population of Tasmanian Devils, and even offers an insight into the extinct Tasmanian tiger.
Port Arthur Area History
Named for Van Diemen's Land Lieutenant Governor George Arthur, the area was initially utilised as a timber station in 1830. Governor Arthur recognised the areas natural penitentiary and thus, ideal for a penal settlement. From 1833 until the 1850s, Port Arthur was the destination for reoffending British and Irish criminals. In 1836, a tramway was built between the town of Taranna and Long Bay, north of Port Arthur to transport convicts. Come 1877, the penal settlement finally closed. Due to the sites historical significance, funding was received in 1979 to restore the penal settlement into a major tourist destination.
Port Arthur Area Today
Today, Port Arthur houses the number one tourist site in Tasmania. The Penal Settlement has won many prestigious tourism awards in recent years includingthe Australian Travel and Tourism Award for Best Heritage Tourism. In the Tasman Council, the Port Arthur area has a population of 499 souls.