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Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

See the top attractions of the Tasman Peninsula on a full-day tour from Hobart. Take in towering sea cliffs, rock formations including Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen, and more as you explore the natural wonders along the coast. Next, discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, an infamous 19th-century penal colony with a fascinating history. Finally, stroll through the pretty streets of Richmond Village before returning to Hobart.
  • Visit Port Arthur Historic Site
  • Photograph spectacular views from the Waterfall Bay Cliff Top Walk (easy grade, 2km)
  • See the Tasman National Park highlights – Devils Kitchen & Tasman Arch
  • Enjoy the stories from Pirates Bay Lookout, Eaglehawk Neck & The “Dogline”
  • Sample the local chocolates made at Federation Chocolate Factory
  • Visit historic Richmond Village
  • Enjoy the spectacular view at a local Hobart City lookout
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Port Arthur Historic Site entrance fee
Guided walking tour of Port Arthur Historic Site
Port Arthur Harbor Cruise
Professional guides & interpretation
Small, friendly groups
Airport drop offs on request with prior arrangement
We offer a Hotel pick up from most central city Hotels and Hostels
Food and drinks (please pre-purchase, or there will be an opportunity to purchase on tour)
We do not offer pick ups from Air BnB’s and private residences

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
• Hotel pick ups are scheduled between 7.00am - 7.25am from select hotels and hostels in the central city area (tour departs Hobart at 7.30am)

• Hotel pick ups need to be arranged directly with the tour operator prior to your departure

• If pick up has not been arranged, our general pick up point is 7.25am at the Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre (20 Davey Street, Hobart)

Departure Time

7:30 AM
After an early start from the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre in Hobart, travel in a comfortable coach to the gorgeous Tasman Peninsula.

See the highest sea cliffs in Australia and sweeping views from Pirates Bay Lookout. Continue to the rock formations known as Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen, then take a short guided walk on the cliff top trail to Waterfall Bay, designated one of the 'Great Short Walks' of Tasmania.

Next up, have four hours to explore the Port Arthur Historic Site on your own. Your entrance ticket to the World Heritage Site includes a guided walking tour with one of the expert staff guides and a complimentary Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead. Walk among buildings of the main prison, check out the solitary confinement cells and more in this open-air museum. You'll gain insights into the grim history of the early Australian penal system, and learn about the convicts that passed their time in this notorious prison.

Return to Hobart via the historic township of Richmond Village. Stop there to stroll around the streets of the picturesque village and walk across Australia’s oldest sandstone bridge, built by convict labor with stone quarried at Butchers Hill.

Near Hobart, stop at a local lookout for a fabulous view of the city and Mt Wellington before returning to your starting point where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Port Arthur Historic Site
Join us for a fun and action-packed day out on the Tasman Peninsula. Explore, discover and learn with our guides as we enjoy a variety of activities, walks, sightseeing, history, chocolate tasting and much more! Today is action packed and fast paced, so we make an early start from Hobart and drive directly to the stunning Tasman Peninsula. This area has amazing history, fascinating stories and spectacular scenery. It is also home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs. We enjoy the panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout which provides a great vantage here of the surrounding area. Passing through Eaglehawk Neck and “The Dogline” our Tour Guides will share with you some truly amazing history and stories of the area. Then we begin one of Tasmania’s “Great Short Walks”. We follow a spectacular track, of around 2 km’s along the Waterfall Bay cliff top. The walk takes around 45-60 minutes, is undulating, but categorised as an easy walk. The track concludes at the remarkable rock formations of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen. Continuing our journey, we arrive at the Port Arthur Historic Site. As we enter the Port Arthur Historic Site, there is a wealth of information and history to take in and you will have ample time to explore and discover the nooks and crannies with around 4 hours on site. Your entry includes a complimentary Harbour Cruise around the Isle of the Dead and a guided walking tour with one of the Site’s expert guides. Discover the grim and violent history of the early Australian Penal system and get a sense of the isolation experienced by the convicts in this “inescapable prison”. With around 4 hours here, you have ample time to walk amongst the main penitentiary; see the solitary confinement cells and many more buildings in this World Heritage open air museum. On our return to Hobart, we make a stop at Federation Chocolate Factory, a small family run boutique chocolate stop, with a variety of chocolate flavours to sample. Further along we arrive in the late afternoon into historic Richmond Village. Meander the streets, stop for a coffee, visit the Lolly Shop and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge still in use – a convict built sand-stone bridge, reported to be haunted! Finally, before we re-enter Hobart we stop for a fabulous view across Hobart from a local lookout. A picturesque way to return to the city. We drop you back to your Hobart City accommodation around 6.00pm. (Airport Drop Offs around 5.00–5.30pm – available only with arrangement at time of booking) Highlights • Visit Port Arthur Historic Site (4 hours) • Photograph spectacular views from the Waterfall Bay Cliff Top Walk (easy grade 2km) • See the Tasman National Park highlights – Devils Kitchen & Tasman Arch • Enjoy the stories from Pirates Bay Lookout, Eaglehawk Neck & The “Dogline” • Sample the local chocolates made at Federation Chocolate Factory • Visit historic Richmond Village • Enjoy the spectacular view at a local Hobart City lookout
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • A small amount of walking is involved; a suitable level of general health and fitness and physical abilities is essential
  • Tour operator provides accurate interpretation, and keeps wildlife disturbance to a minimum by viewing from appropriate distances and informing guests how to view wildlife with patience and respect. Activities are always confined to tracks and boardwalks to minimize negative impacts
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours Tasmania
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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 Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay?
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
See all safety measures taken by Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "The cliffs are worth the walk and so is the chocolate stop." See review
  • "A larger bus would have made the trip more comfortable and last visit to Richmond was late in the day and not much still open to visit." See review
  • "Allowing at least four hours, which this tour does, was perfect." See review

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star-5
Great day
Jaqueline_D
, Jul 2021
The cliff top walk was amazing!! Jaw dropping views and serene nature, port Arthur was fantastic, such history! The amazing stops on the way were incredible, the guide were fantastic too
star-5
Great day tour
Holly_B
, Jun 2021
We loved the day trip ! Our tour guide nick was so informative and lovely. Not much opportunity to eat so remember to bring snacks! Highly recommend this day trip!
star-5
A perfect day out!
Janie_B
, Jun 2021
A great day from start to finish! Well-thought-out itinerary with no stop too long or too short, and a bonus opportunity to see Tasmanian devils! This tour was the highlight of our trip to Tassie. Special thanks to our guide Jeremy who is brilliant at what he does.
star-5
Great Tour
Yvonne_M
, May 2021
We had a very enjoyable tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area and had some lovely stories to tell.
star-5
Full days entertainment
Linda_Z
, May 2021
This was a very informative tour. David was full of interesting information on recent and historic events in Tasmania. He was quite funny too. We went for a lovely bush walk on a smooth gravel track and saw wonderful rugged cliff views. It was good to have a bit if convict information before we got to Port Arthur too. It was a full day and we thoroughly enjoyed it
star-4
Horrible history in an idyllic setting with sunshine too.
Cheryl_M
, May 2021
I enjoyed the whole day, the driver was funny and informative, and I had an invigourating and scenic walk at Waterfall Bay. Lots to see and do at Port Arthur- huge site. The guide was great-set the scene for me. Lots of rambling around the ruins made me appreciate the sit down factor of the Isle of the Dead boat cruise. Richmond was a worthwhile and scenic stopover on the return journey.
star-4
Great day, with a lot to see!
Candice_W
, Apr 2021
Great day, with a lot to see! 4hours seems like a lot of time, but it went really quickly at Port Arthur as the site is quite large (I will need to go back, as I didn't get to see everything). Tour guide/driver was great...knowledgeable and enthusiastic!
star-5
Tasman Peninsula visit
Steve_W
, Apr 2021
Fantastic cliff walk with lookouts on Tas peninsula plus visit to Port Arthur - very impressive site.
star-5
Great way to see a lot!
Joel_R
, Apr 2021
Really enjoyable experience overall - a great way to see a lot in one day! Was an excellent start to our Tassie trip!
star-5
A Fabulous Day!
Cathy_H
, Mar 2021
First of all, Nick our driver was brilliant. He was a wealth of knowledge which he shared during the day. The cliff top walk with spectacular views was great. Port Arthur was a truly beautiful, but sobering, experience. The guided tour with Jake provided the historical background and pointed out not-to-be-missed buildings which I happily explored on my own. Allowing at least four hours, which this tour does, was perfect. This is excellent value for money which I highly recommend.

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