|PORT ARTHUR - TASMANIA - 7182|
Historic church at Port Arthur.
Location:& 100km south east of Hobart
Highway: Arthur Hwy A9
Nearest Major Town: Hobart
Nearest Airport: Hobart
Touring Area: Tasman Peninsula
Historic buildings at Port Arthur.
Historic penal settlement on the Tasman Peninsula south-east of Hobart.
Prison and church ruins. Memorials to massacre there in 1996.|
Port Arthur is one of the most fascinating towns in Australia.
Begun as a penal settlement for convicts transported from Britain, and the reason for settlement of Tasmania, it sits at the end of the Tasman Peninsula, separated from the main part of Tasmania by a small land passage called Eaglehawk Neck. This strategic neck allowed natural containment of the peninsula and guards and dogs were placed across its width to prevent any convicts escaping by land. The waters were reported to be shark-infested which acted as a further deterrent to escapees considering avoiding the neck and swimming the waters. Despite this several notorious escapes occurred and many books have been written on them.
A small township built around the ruins of the penal colony caters to the many visitors to Port Arthur, and the ruins are an eye-opener to the methods of containment used in the early 19th century. Tiny cells, stocks and whipping poles can all be seen, as can the records of the transportees, some of them only children, and some sentenced to long terms of imprisonment for such petty crimes as stealing a loaf of bread.
Port Arthur is one of the highlights of a tour of Tasmania and extensive information and brochures are available from Tourism Tasmania.
Port Arthur Visitor Information centre
Port Arthur Historic Site.
Ph: 6251 2371
HOW TO GET THERE:
Redline: Ph: 1300 360 000
Greyhound Pioneer: 132 030
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