Situated on the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania some 60kms southeast of the capital city of Hobart, the picturesque Port Arthur area is most famous for its well-preserved infamous penal settlement. The quaint village is known to have one of Australias prettiest harbours, and is surrounded by a spectacular coastline with many beautiful natural sites to see and explore.
Best known for its famous Penal settlement, Port Arthur is the perfect base to explore this hugely popular attraction as well as the beautiful surrounding area. After obtaining a significant dose of Tasmanias history at the Port Arthurs historic site, theres nothing better than a relaxing stroll along the areas spectacular coastline which is also popular for surfing and various water sports.
Today, Port Arthur houses the number one tourist site in Tasmania. The Penal Settlement has won many prestigious tourism awards in recent years includingthe Australian Travel and Tourism Award for Best Heritage Tourism. In the Tasman Council, the Port Arthur area has a population of 499 souls.