Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula. It was established in 1830 as a place of punishment for secondary offenders in the colony's growing convict population, and operated until 1877. Today, every building, every ruin and every feature of Port Arthur Historic Site has a story to tell.

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Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula, in Tasmania. On the scenic Tasman Peninsula south-east of Hobart, Port Arthur is the nation's most significant historic site. It was established in 1830 as a place of punishment for secondary offenders in the colony's growing convict population, and operated until 1877. Port Arthur soon gained a reputation as 'hell on Earth' for the severity of its penal regime. Today, every building, every ruin and every feature of Port Arthur Historic Site has a story to tell.

Created with convict labour, the impressive architecture, heritage gardens and chilling prison facilities survive for you to explore. The interpretive centre provides a fascinating introduction to visitors through the interactive 'lottery of life'. Situated just two and a half hours from Hobart by road, the Port Arthur Historic Site is an amazing day trip back into Tasmania's history.

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