Where is it? 60km south-east of Hobart, on the Tasman Peninsula, Tas.

The convict era is one of the strangest and most intriguing aspects of Australian history, and nowhere is it better preserved than in Tasmania. Port Arthur’s role in all this was particularly dark – the penitentiary was built by the 12,500 inmates it eventually housed. Every corner of the moody, historic site has a story to tell – and they’re never very pleasant. Inmates here had to stay silent at all times and wear head masks while exercising. Visiting is a haunting experience, but valuable.

“The guides never fail to impress and I swear this place is genuinely haunted.”  Catriona Rowntree


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