Port Arthur Shore Excursion: The Tasman Arch, Tasman Blowhole and the Coal Mine Historic Site
Enjoy this 3 to 4 hour, small-group excursion from Port Arthur, taking a circular route around the southern part of the Tasman Peninsula. Highlights include Maingon Bay lookout, the Remarkable Cave, the Coal Mine Historic Site, Eaglehawk Neck, the Tasman Arch, the Devil's Kitchen, Doo Town the Tasman Blowhole and the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, the latter being optional, at own expense. This excursion is run for cruise ship passengers, who do not wish to spend the whole day at Port Arthur. There may also be an opportunity (Cruise Ship departure times and weather permitting) to experience a 15-minute scenic helicopter flight over Port Arthur Penitentiary and surrounding countryside (own expense).
From Port Arthur Visitor's Centre, take a short drive to Maingon Point, where one can climb up and down 200 steps to see the natural wonders of the Remarkable Cave, and also view the interface of the dolerite and sandstone, which form most of Tasmania's geology.
Continue along the circular route towards Saltwater River and visit the ruins of the oldest coal mine in Tasmania. You could spend hours walking among the ruins of this very interesting historic site.
From here, the excursion takes the route through Doo Town, with its quaint and humorous house names, where one can view the Tasman Blowhole, the Devil's Kitchen and the Tasman Arch. On the return to Port Arthur, a stop at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo makes the whole experience worthwhile. If you are lucky you could be there at feeding time.