The Locals Guide to Port Arthur

Set on the tip of the Tasman Peninsula, Port Arthur is the perfect place to explore the historic and tenebrous buildings, indulge in local delights and gaze at the natural attractions that surround the area.

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The Locals Guide to Port Arthur

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Take a trip to the Tasman Peninsula and discover why it’s so much more than a day trip from Hobart. The region boasts acres of lush national parks, breathtaking coastal scenery, world-renowned historic sites and tasty gourmet delights.

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Get Outdoors

It’s easy to see why nature lovers flock to the Tasman Peninsula, the region is home to scenic bushwalking trails, an abundance of native wildlife and an endless list of natural attractions waiting to be discovered.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced bush walker, the area provides some of the best trails in Australia and the world. The most iconic trail is the Three Capes Track, which spans over 48kms and takes four days to complete. The trek takes in sweeping views of the rugged Tasmanian coastline and the Pacific Ocean as well as many of the bays and coves surrounding the area. NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park is the starting/finishing point for many walkers.

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If cruising along the coast is more your holiday style, a Tasman Island Wilderness Cruise is a must do while on the Peninsula. Departing from Port Arthur the 3-hour cruise sails past the sea cliffs, the tallest in the southern hemisphere at a staggering 300 meters, before heading along the coast to Eaglehawk Neck. Wildlife enthusiasts should keep their eyes peeled for humpback whales, dolphins, Australian and New Zealand fur seals and sea birds while aboard.

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Local Attractions

No trip to the Tasman Peninsula is complete without a visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site. Built in the 1800s, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site was one of the first convict settlements in Australia. Step back in time as you explore the ruins and well-manicured gardens. If you’re feeling brave, visit the landmark after dark for a lantern-lit ghost tour and hear stories of the mysterious and unexplained.

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For a wildlife experience like no other, visit Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. Here you’ll encounter several native animals face-to-face, including the endangered Tasmanian Devil. The Unzoo’s revolutionary project immerses visitors in the natural habitats of its animals without the use of cages, the experience is unique to the Port Arthur area and encourages the importance of wildlife conservation.

Wine and Dine

For a picturesque location to enjoy an afternoon snack head to the Port Arthur Lavender Farm. Spread across 18 acres of rainforest, lakes and overlooking the ocean at Long Bay, the farm is home to more than 16,000 lavender plants which bloom during the summer months. The onsite restaurant serves delicious meals with a few lavender infused surprises including the must try lavender ice-cream. While at the farm be sure to visit the gift shop for a range of hand-made products and drop into the lavender essential oil distillery which operates during the lavender season (December to February).

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If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth while in Port Arthur, you can’t go past a visit to the Federation Chocolate Factory. Hand-crafted on site, owners Maurice and Helen have a passion for creating new and wonderful flavours for visitors to try. They believe the best chocolate will change the world and with one bite of their free samples you will too. Entry is free and chocolate making typically occurs between 11am and 2pm daily.

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Image Source – Federation Chocolate

Fun in park

Set up camp at Port Arthur Holiday Park, the perfect base to explore the Tasman Peninsula. The park is an easy stroll to the Historic Site and only a short drive from local attractions, located on 40 acres, you can soak up spectacular views over Stewarts Bay. Cook up a feast in the woodfire pizza oven, made of stone from the area’s convict sites. The kids will love the playground and cruising around the park in a quad pedal go kart, and on the pump track.

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Adventure to Port Arthur and experience history

Set on the tip of the Tasman Peninsula, NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park is the ideal location to set up base and explore the area.

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