Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay
Take an activity-packed day trip from Hobart that showcases the best of the Tasman Peninsula. You'll visit Port Arthur Historic Site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Australian Convict Sites, perched on the coast. Enjoy a cliff-top walk, learn about the history of Port Arthur, and stroll through picturesque Richmond, with a few other stops along the way as you travel by minivan from the city.
Depart Hobart in the early morning to start your Port Arthur day trip with the drive to the stunning Tasman Peninsula, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs.
Enjoy panoramic views of the area from Pirates Bay Lookout; see the interesting Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen rock formations; and take a short but spectacular walk along one of Tasmania’s 'Great Short Walks,' the Waterfall Bay cliff-top track. From here, head to Port Arthur Historic Site, where you have about four hours to explore. Your entry includes a harbor cruise around Isle of the Dead and a guided walking tour with one of the site’s expert guides.
Try to imagine the sense of isolation experienced by the convicts who once inhabited this 'inescapable prison,' and discover the grim and violent history of the early Australian penal system. Walk through the main penitentiary, and see the solitary confinement cells and other buildings in this open-air museum and World Heritage site.
The return drive to Hobart takes you into the historical township of Richmond, where you have a bit of time to walk around and cross Australia’s oldest bridge still in use—a convict-built sandstone bridge reported to be haunted. Last but not least, before re-entering Hobart, stop for a view of the city from a local lookout point.