Cruises to Port Arthur


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Southern Australia Explorer

Crown Princess 14 Dec 2024 12 nights Fly Cruise Sydney

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Itinerary: Sydney, Australia - Melbourne - Kangaroo Island - Adelaide - Port Lincoln, Australia - Hobart, Tasmania - Port Arthur - Sydney, Australia
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Australia Circumnavigation

Westerdam 08 Dec 2024 14 nights Fly Cruise Fremantle (Perth)

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Itinerary: Fremantle (Perth) - Albany, Australia - Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island - Adelaide - Port Lincoln - Melbourne - Hobart - Port Arthur - Sydney, Australia
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Inside from £2,889pp

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up to $780 onboard credit
The 2024 Gems of Australia Escape

Queen Elizabeth 16 Dec 2024 7 nights Fly Cruise Flights Included Sydney

All flights & overseas transfers included*

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Full-board Luxury Cruising*

Complimentary On Board Credit of up to $780*

Itinerary: Sydney, Australia - Port Arthur - Hobart, Tasmania - Sydney, Australia
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Inside from £3,639pp

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What to see in Port Arthur

Port Arthur, nestled on Tasmania's southeastern coast, is a hauntingly beautiful testament to Australia's colonial history. Its UNESCO-listed ruins whisper tales of convict life amidst picturesque landscapes. Visitors can explore its historic sites, immerse in poignant stories and witness the resilience etched in its stones.

At the heart of Port Arthur lies its historic site, once one of Australia's most notorious penal colonies. Established in 1830, Port Arthur served as a remote and harsh prison for convicts transported from Britain and Ireland, where they endured gruelling labour and punishment in a bid to reform their characters. Today, the well-preserved ruins of Port Arthur stand as a testament to its convict past, offering visitors a fascinating glimpse into life in the 19th century. Guided tours lead visitors through the site's historic buildings, including the Penitentiary, Separate Prison and Commandant's House, where they can learn about the daily routines, punishments and struggles of the convicts who once called Port Arthur home.

The rugged coastline of the Tasman Peninsula provides a stunning backdrop for exploring the scenic waterways surrounding Port Arthur. Boat cruises offer visitors the opportunity to cruise along the picturesque coastline, taking in panoramic views of towering sea cliffs, hidden coves and pristine beaches. One of the highlights of a cruise around the Tasman Peninsula is the chance to see the awe-inspiring rock formations of Cape Pillar and Tasman Island from the water. These towering sea cliffs rise dramatically from the ocean, creating a breathtaking spectacle of natural beauty that has to be seen to be believed.

Just a short drive from Port Arthur lies the Convict Coal Mines Historic Site, another fascinating glimpse into Tasmania's colonial past. Established in the early 19th century, the coal mines operated as a penal settlement where convicts were forced to labour in harsh conditions to extract coal for use in the colony. Today, the Convict Coal Mines Historic Site is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that offers visitors the chance to explore the remains of the coal mines and convict infrastructure. Guided tours lead visitors through the underground tunnels and chambers of the mine, providing insight into the dangerous and gruelling work undertaken by the convicts.


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