Port Arthur Historic Site - Site entry Pass - Family

Port Arthur

Inclusions:


- Access for two consecutive days to the Port Arthur Historic Site including over 30 buildings, ruins and gardens.


Family rate is valid for 2 adults and up to 6 children between 7-17 years old.

Please note:
Limited service on 25DEC. Harbou

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Price:


Adults: A$97 per Family (Max 7)


Description:


Winner of the 2005 Tasmanian Tourism Awards, Major Tourist Attraction and Heritage and Cultural Tourism. Port Arthur is the most intact and evocative historic prison in Australia. It covers 98 hectares (242 acres) around picturesque Mason Cove and has many ruined and restored buildings set in gardens and rolling lawns. You can join a guided tour with an experienced and knowledgeable guide, or follow your own inclinations and explore the Site at your own pace. The two most impressive buildings on site, the Penitentiary and the Separate Prison, show how convict discipline changed from physical to psychological terror. Stand as the convicts did in the cubicles of the Chapel or in the total silence and darkness of the punishment cell and imagine their sufferings. In the furnished military and civilian homes you can see where the free community whiled away the long, dark evenings. Wander through the reconstructed Government Gardens (originally established in 1858) as only the free folk of the settlement could. In the summer months, you can also take a special garden tour. Your entry price includes a harbour cruise on the 24-metre (78 foot) catamaran ferry, except August when the boat is in dry dock. For a small additional fee you can also visit the convict-period cemetery on the tiny Isle of the Dead and Point Puer where, between 1834 and 1849, 3,000 boys aged from nine to 18 years were imprisoned the first boys' prison in the British Empire. By night, if you are brave enough, you can explore the site and learn about its ghosts on a lantern-lit tour. First, have dinner at Felons restaurant and then head out for the 90-minute experience. The Visitor Centre has a gift shop, a cafe and Interpretation Gallery where you follow the story of particular convicts imprisoned for crimes large and small. Accolades: Winner of the 2004 Tasmanian Tourism Awards Major Attractions

Full Itinerary:


Valid for 01APR16-31MAR18:
Introduction to Port Arthur walking tour: Join an expert guide for an overview of the history of Port Arthur - 40 mins approx. Harbour Cruise: Board the MV Marana for a cruise and commentary on Port Arthur's harbour; 30 mins. Interpretation Gallery: Play the Lottery of Life using the playing cards you are issued. Discover which convict your card representsand a little about his time at Port Arthur.Museum and Convict Study Centre: Located in the former Asylum adjacent to the Museum Coffee Shop, a fascinating display of objects made and used at Port Arthur.Convict Water Supply Trail and the Dockyard.

Child Policy:


Valid for 01APR16-31MAR19:
Infant : 0- 6 years inclusive - free of charge.
Child: 7-17 years inclusive - child rates apply.

Important Information:


Valid for 01FEB17-31DEC17:
Redevelopment:
Vehicle access to the front of the Visitor Centre (Level 0) has been closed. Relocated the coach and bus drop off and pick up points to the area at the top of the stairs at Level 1 and after delivering your guests, small bus and coach parking will be available in the Overflow Parking Area.
Disabled parking and drop off (vehicles only) is available from Level 0 in front of the Visitor Centre.
Visitors will be able to collect their tickets from temporary booths just outside the front doors of the Visitor Centre.
The Gift Shop has moved to two new locations on site - the Policeman's Residence and the Asylum.
The Lottery of Life and Convict Research Centre have moved to Farm Overseer's Cottage (behind the Separate Prison).
The cafe and Felons Restaurant remain open.
All visitors will continue to enjoy introductory tours and the harbour cruises, with tours departing from outside the Visitor Centre in the Government Gardens.
Ghost Tours will continue normal operations.
Electric mobility carts are still available and will depart from the Visitor Centre.
Valid for 31MAY17-31MAR18:
Redevelopment:
The Visitor Centre and Felons Restaurant will be closed from 31st May 2017 until further notice. All access to the Historic Site will be through a temporary ticketing concourse.
Valid for 01APR16-31MAR18:
Disabled Access:
- Visitors with a disability are strongly encouraged to speak to the counter staff.

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