The heritage-listed and award winning Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia's most visited tourist destinations.
Port Arthur History, Local Activities and Local Attractions
Port Arthur started life in 1830 as a penal settlement for second offenders whose main task was to cut timber. By 1833 it had become a full blown prison for men and boys and it quickly earned a reputation for being a “hell on earth”. Today the Port Arthur Historic Site sits amid 40 tranquil hectares of English oaks and magnificent gardens featuring numerous stabilised ruins and restored buildings from the convict era. Port Arthur Motor Inn is the only accommodation directly next to the Port Arthur Historic Site and guests can enjoy spectacular views over the site.
The Port Arthur Motor Inn is also well placed as a base to explore the rest of the Tasman Peninsula. There are plenty of things to see and do and you should allow at least a few days to explore this corner of Tasmania. The highlights shown below are all within a 10 minute drive except for the Coal Mines Historic Site which is half an hour away.