Tasmania Day Tour - Port Arthur & the Tasman Peninsula (PATP)
Tasmania Day Tour Highlights
- Morning tea/coffee & snacks break at one of the best lookout points on the peninsula.
- Exploration of the fantastic Tasman National Park including guided walks at the Tessellated Pavement, Tasman’s Arch & Devils Kitchen.
- Lunch at the lovely Port Arthur Lavender Farm.
- 2.5hr fully guided and private tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site including a 30min harbour cruise on the Catamaran vessel Marana.
- Stop at a boutique chocolate factory Federation Chocolates, includes FREE tastings.
- A portfolio of your tour itinerary, map and other related information will be provided for every guest as a keep sake and record of your adventure with us in Tasmania.
- Fully accredited and experienced local guides.
- Full day guided experience including all vehicle transport.
- Pickup from Hobart city docks in front of Mures Restaurant at 8am.
- 1 x lunch included.
- Bottled water provided free on tour.
- FREE chocolate tastings.
- A tea/coffee & biscuits stop included FREE at a stunning scenic lookout.
- All attractions, entry fee’s and National Parks passes provided.
- Drop-off back on the Hobart city docks in front of Mures Restaurant approx 5.30pm
*We reserve the right to alter tour itineraries without notice. This may be due to climatic conditions, unexpected changes to some attractions post COVID or other circumstances outside our control. A very suitable, alternative itinerary option will always be arranged in this event.
This fantastic day trip explores some of Tasmania’s most iconic scenery at Port Arthur Historic Site and the stunning Tasman Peninsula. This tour is not simply a bus transfer to & from the Port Arthur site but rather a full day, fully guided experience that includes some great history, interesting commentary, delicious foods, beautiful scenery and several of Tassie’s great short walks. A great touring option for those with limited time or who still prefer to overnight in Hobart. This tour is suitable for all ages and physical abilities.
Meet at the Hobart city docks in front of Mures Restaurant at 8am for the start of our days adventure. We begin with a stroll around the Hobart waterfront area, a good way to stretch out and meet your fellow guests while learning a brief history of Hobart. Today we explore the beautiful Tasman Peninsula & Tasman National Park area. A scenic drive will take us out of town towards the blue waters of the Tasman National Park. Pirates Bay lookout is a great first up stop for tea/coffee & morning snacks with views for miles along the rugged coast line.
The Tasman National Park boasts towering sea cliffs and a wealth of cultural & natural history as we venture south. Learn about Eaglehawk Neck - the site of the infamous Dogline - while crossing onto the Tasman Peninsula. Then explore some of nature’s true wonders with short, scenic walks at Tasman’s Arch, Devils Kitchen and the unusual & ancient rock formations of the Tessellated Pavement. At low tide we can walk right on top of the surface tessellations for a closer inspection.
Continuing on we will lunch at the colourful Port Arthur Lavender Farm where guests can enjoy fantastic food and photograph the best lavender fields in Tasmania’s south.
Our afternoon activities will be a fully guided 2.5-3 hour tour around the Port Arthur Historic Site. Explore many of the original buildings as we learn about the early convicts and the role they played in Tasmania’s history.
Learn about Point Puer (the juvenile boys prison), the striking old Convict Church and Port Arthur’s timber industry as we explore the site. Discuss how religion played a significant role in the ‘reformation’ of convicts and explore the very well restored but eerie chapel & solitary cells of the Silent Prison. Hear about the Isle of the Dead graveyard and the famous Port Arthur boat building operation industry while enjoying a short, scenic harbour cruise to view the site as incoming convicts would have.
For those interested we will also visit the location of the very tragic shooting event of 1996. The old cafe was the site of this unbearably sad occasion and has been deconstructed to leave a simple, tasteful and moving tribute to the unfortunate victims. Now considered ‘a place for quiet reflection’ those interested can spend some moments to remember one of Australia’s darkest days.
Before leaving the Peninsula (and much to everyone’s delight) we stop at the boutique Federation Chocolate factory for some sampling of fresh, handmade chocolates. The flavours change depending on the season and the produce available! We return to Hobart for our stay in comfortable and very central city lodgings.
All dates listed are guaranteed departure with a minimum of only 2 guests. Please contact us to check the status of your planned travel date or if you wish to travel outside the dates listed.