Discover Tasmania's fascinating convict past and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Experience an amazing day visiting Richmond, Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasman National Park and many more Tasmanian gems.
Our day starts leaving Hobart and heading through the scenic Coal River Valley, known for its vineyards, farmlands and the settlement of Richmond, Australia's best-preserved colonial village. The village was an important military staging post and convict station linking Hobart with Port Arthur. See the oldest Catholic church in Australia and cross the convict-made Richmond Bridge. Richmond is famous for its elegant Georgian architecture, with its beautiful heritage buildings dating back as early as the 1820's and arenow housing galleries, tea shops, craft boutiques and museums. Leaving Richmond, our tour heads south to the Tasman Peninsula.
Pirates Bay is situated high on the hillsides, above the tessellated pavement. The Bay offers panoramic views of the east coast of Tasmania Peninsula and on a clear day, you can admire spectacular vistas Cape Hauy and Cape Pillar. Take a leisurely clifftop stroll to Waterfall Bay, taking in some amazing sweeping ocean views. There will be a stop at Tasman Arch and the Devil's Kitchen. This is a real treat for your eyes, so be sure to bring a camera to try and capture the magic!
The Port Arthur Historic Site is the next stop on our list, where you'll have time to explore the ruins and gardens at your leisure. The historic site accommodates over 30 buildings, restored period homes and ruins set in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds. We will join an interesting guided tour and take a cruise through the harbour, learning the fascinating story of this convict settlement to get an impression of what life bust have been like for prisoners in Port Arthur.
Upon leaving Port Arthur, we return to Hobart with a new appreciation for the wild scenery and fascinating insights into colonial life of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Starts: Hobart 7.30 am
Finishes: Hobart 5.30 pm
Year round: Saturday
October to April: Monday & Thursday