The land, its natural resources and abundant waters at Port Arthur was utilised by the Pydarereme people of the Paredareme language group for thousands of years. Nowadays, Port Arthur is more famous as the secondary penal station after the Europeans arrived in the region. It is named after
Immerse yourself in its tranquillity and splendour and all it has to offer. History is in abundance here.
The World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site is one of the must-see destinations in Tasmania. If history is your cup of tea, be sure to go further to explore the lesser known but just as significant Coal Mine Historic Site. Beyond that, you can see and even walk on top of the highest vertical sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. Dramatic coastlines of caves and towering sea stacks, can be explored both by cruising with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys' Tasman Island Cruise or by Osborne Heli-Tours. It's your choice. Encounter wildlife at Tasmania's only Unzoo, where you are being observed by the wildlife that roams the bushland freely. Sunsets, sunrises your explorations are endless.
After all this exploring and mesmerising splendour, sit back and enjoy some local cuisine. If you are a seafood lover, then be sure to stop by Blue Lagoon in Dunalley to pick up some freshly locally farmed oysters. Try the truly Tasmanian fish and chips from the Port Arthur Lavender Farm. And of course, a Lavender Indulgence ice-cream with a bit of everything as your desert. Not forgetting a drop of the world award-winning sloe gin from McHenry Distillery. If you're an art lover, then add the Pear Shed Gallery to your list. Have your morning or afternoon tea in the pear orchard whilst appreciating the amazing artwork produced by local artisans and artists. After experiencing the natural and historic beauty of the region, you will certainly appreciate why the Port Arthur locals are so talented. Port Arthur is filled with such an array for all travellers alike. We hope that when you leave us, a little piece of our grandeur will go with you.
Hero image: Port Arthur Historic Site - Alastair Bett