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Port Arthur, among the most significant convict era sites in the world, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage register. It is located about 60 km SE of the state capital Hobart on the Tasman Peninsula. It enjoys a temperate climate (13 to 22 deg.C.) with refreshingly cool southern air. The settlement started as a timber station but is best known for being the destination for British and Irish criminals who had re-offended after their arrival in Australia. Several magnificent sandstone structures, built by convicts working under hard labour conditions, are now restored. The mass graves on The Isle of the Dead also attracts visitors.

Take time to experience the scenery, the stunning and almost deserted beaches, bush walking trails and sea cliffs of the area. The most famous destination is the Historic Site where visitors may take a guided tour to Point Puer, the site of the first boys' reformatory in the British Empire. Here they were given some basic education and taught trade skills. Another museum shows written records, tools, clothing and other curiosities from convict times. Read more

A Convict Gallery has displays of the various trades undertaken by convicts, and a research room where visitors can search for their convict ancestors. Other points of interest include the Tasmanian Devil Park. The Devils are fed at 11am daily and other native animals and birds can be seen up close. See the Bush Mill, steam train, and the Remarkable Cave created by wave action. It remains a physical chronicle of a dramatic part of Australia's history. In total there are sixty buildings and picturesque landscapes that offer a challenging mix of both beauty and horror, making this site Tasmania's most popular tourist destination.

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  • Get face-to-face with the icons of Tasmania, Tasmanian Devils at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. Located in the Tasmanian Native Botanic Garden you will be able to experience the residents of the Unzoo as well as the native visitors, so keep your eyes peeled for echidnas and wombats as you walk around the grounds.

  • Stroll around the 18 acres of Lavender or take in the ocean views with a visit to the Tasmanian Lavender Companies Port Arthur Farm. After a walk taking in the stunning scents enjoy a delicious lunch at their lavender inspired cafe.

  • Take in the history of the Port Arthur Historic Site. Here you can walk through the historic buildings, heritage gardens and learn from the exhibits and displays that tell the story of the site and its people. Once you have had a look around the grounds you can refuel with lunch at the Port Arthur Cafe.

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