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Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart

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icon10 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the Tasman Peninsula by both land and sea on this day trip from Hobart that includes a 3-hour cruise along the coast of Tasman National Park. Gaze up at towering sea cliffs, look for wildlife like falcons and seals, and learn about the peninsula’s ecosystem. Then visit the World Heritage–listed Port Arthur Historic Site for an in-depth look at Australia’s penal history at this former convict colony. Lunch is included.
  • Tasman Peninsula day trip from Hobart
  • Enjoy a 3-hour eco-cruise along the spectacular coastline of Tasman National Park
  • Explore Port Arthur Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Discover the history of the former convict colony

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This longer-than-most tour includes ample time to experience both attractions.
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Scenic guided bus tour
Coffee and/or Tea
3-hour wilderness cruise
Lunch
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Dock Head Building, Franklin Wharf, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your day trip begins as you depart Hobart by bus for the drive to the Tasman Peninsula. Stop by a local cafe for morning tea, and then embark on your 3-hour wilderness cruise along the coastline of Tasman National Park, from Eaglehawk Neck all the way around to Port Arthur.

While you’re on the water, stare up at some of the southern hemisphere’s tallest vertical sea cliffs, spot sea caves and watch for peregrine falcons nesting on the rugged coastline. From the boat’s open-air tiered seating, everyone can enjoy good views, increasing your chances of catching sight of marine life like seals, dolphins, seabirds and maybe even whales. You’ll also hear about Tasman Peninsula’s history, native wildlife and natural environment from the onboard interpretive guide.

Returning to land, enjoy an included lunch before your tour continues to Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites. You have three hours at this former penal settlement to dive into Australia’s convict history. Explore the many old structures and ruins that dot the landscaped grounds, from the penitentiary building and guard tower to a church.

Your day trip concludes with the return drive to Hobart.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Your driver/guide will meet you at our Hobart office for check in and the start of your guided full day tour.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tasman National Park
Your full day tour includes guided sightseeing of the Tasman National Park and Port Arthur region with morning tea at a local eatery.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Port Arthur Historic Site
Guests will have three hours to explore Port Arthur Historic Site, including lunch.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tasman Island Cruises
Our guides will meet you at our Visitor Centre as you embark on your three hour wilderness cruise, exploring the soaring cliffs and coastline of the Tasman Peninsula.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Full-length waterproof and windproof jackets provided
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 43 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 43 travelers.

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Absolutely fantastic
Annette_M
, Jun 2021
The whole trip was memorable, the staff were great and friendly, and helped me in and out of the boat and bus due to my bad knee lol
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Fantastic boat cruise to Tasman Peninsula.
Mike_M
, May 2021
We had a very enjoyable day on this tour. We did the 3 hour boat cruise in the morning/early afternoon and then spent the afternoon at the Port Arthur Historic site. Hands down the boat cruise was the absolute highlight of the day. Both Andrew and Damo were fantastic in their roles of Capitan and Tour Guide on the boat. We have done these type of tours in Europe including the island of Capri but this left all of them for dead. YOU MUST DO THIS AS PART OF THE THIS TOUR. You’ll never forget it. The afternoon at Port Arthur was also good but our tour guide lacked badly in her job and my recommendation would be to look at this issue because she was very uninteresting. All in all well worth the money even just for the boat cruise. Also excellent lunch at Port Arthur. Well done. Another great day spent in Tasmania.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Dear Mike Thank you for your amazing feedback, we are so glad you enjoyed your Tasman Island Cruises experience with us. It is such a spectacular part of the world to explore. Cheers Melinda
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Fantastic and diverse day trip
Sue_A
, May 2021
Fabulous experience. Covered a lot of ground in a relatively short space of time. Thoroughly recommend this tour.....even Tom’s jokes!!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Dear Sue Thank you for your wonderful review of our Tasman Island Cruises day tour. We love sharing this special part of the world with guests. Best Regards Melinda Anderson
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Well worth the money
David_P
, Apr 2021
Everything about this tour is exceptional Coach journey Boat trip was so amazing so much to see pictures galore The crew were very informative with lot’s of stop a long the way for taking photos /Lunch could have more options EG vegan
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Dear David Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, we really appreciate you taking the time. Best Regards Melinda Anderson
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A must do for nature and history lovers
Jim_W
, Apr 2021
Great day trip from Hobart, loved it! Staff were wonderful and very accommodating. Very lucky to see a big group of dolphins and seals on the cruise which was an absolute treat. Port Arthur is a must see as well, fantastically preserved site with some fascinating local history brought to life and beautiful views of the country.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Dear Jim Thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback on your Tasman Island Cruises experience. It is such a special part of the world. Cheers Melinda Anderson
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SO worth it!
Vanessa_A
, Apr 2021
It was so worth it for the package that I purchased! I wouldn't have been able to do this otherwise as I was travelling solo with no car. Lunch was included and I feel like I really saw some of the best Tasmania has to offer all in the space of 12 hours. So good if you're hoping to tick these sights off your bucket list! :)
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Dear Vanessa Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback on your Tasman Island Cruises day tour, we really appreciate it. Cheers Melinda Anderson
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Must do!
Maxine_F
, Apr 2021
Our tour guides were amazing, they were very knowledgeable. The cruise was one of a kind, definitely worth the money. We saw caves, seals and dolphins. Food was excellent.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Dear Maxine We are so glad you enjoyed your Tasman Island Cruises experience, we love sharing this special part of the world. Cheers Melinda
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Bloody cold but enjoyable day
Jan_G
, Apr 2021
The driver was fabulous dropped us off to our motel loads of knowledge Made a wet cold day enjoyable
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Dear Jan Thank you so much for your review of your Tasman Island Cruises experience. It can be hard getting out and about in cold and wet weather but it is worthwhile. Cheers Melinda
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Very enjoyable trip
Shailesh_D
, Apr 2021
Boat experience and coming to 350 m wall next to it. Good crew members with experience . Bus driver was very nice
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, we are so glad you enjoyed your Tasman Island Cruises experience. Cheers Melinda
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Truly awesome!
Denise_R
, Apr 2021
An amazing day & experience! Our tour guide, Phil, provided us with great local insights and history. Seeing the rock formations, dolphins & seals during the boat ride was incredible! Despite the forecast, you’ll definitely need a warm jacket and maybe some waterproof shoes. A lanyard & waterproof cover for your phone may provide extra security for the awesome photo opps through some bumpy waves. This tour was the highlight of our first time visit to Tasmania from Melbourne. Enjoy!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Dear Denise Thank you so much for your review of your Tasman Island Cruises experience, it is such a special part of the world to explore. Cheers Melinda
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