A visit to the former convict settlement of Port Arthur offers harrowing insight into Australia’s convict history. The vast complex is now both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction. Here are your options for Port Arthur tours from Hobart.
Macquarie Wharf Cruise Ship Terminal (Hobart Cruise Port)
Walkable Hobart is easily explored on foot on just one day, ideal for first-time visitors. Head out independently direct from ship or opt for guided tours of the Tasmanian capital to learn more about its colonial and aboriginal past, explore the city’s pubs, or go gin-tasting. Shore excursions are also available, with destinations such as Port Arthur (the former penal colony), Bruny Island, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and kunanyi (Mount Wellington). Some excursions combine some or all the above and more.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Shore excursions are a convenient way to explore Tasmania from the Hobart Cruise Port.
- The Macquarie Wharf Cruise Ship Terminal provides seating, visitor information, duty-free shopping, currency exchange desks, and restrooms.
- Most of the cafés along the harbor front offer free Wi-Fi with the purchase of food or drink.
- Ride to the top of kunanyi (Mount Wellington) for some of the best views over Hobart on a clear day—shuttles depart the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre twice daily.
How to Get to Hobart From the Macquarie Wharf Cruise Ship Terminal
The Macquarie Wharf Cruise Ship Terminal is situated within walking distance of downtown Hobart. Taxis are also plentiful for those with mobility issues, while most shore excursions include round-trip transportation to and from Hobart Cruise Port.
The official currency in Hobart is the Australian dollar, and you’ll find ATMs at the tourist office and in Salamanca Place and Square. The official language is English.
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- Constitution Dock
- Lark Distillery
- St. David's Cathedral
- Hobart Convict Penitentiary
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
- Maritime Museum of Tasmania
- Mawson's Hut Replica Museum
- Sullivan's Cove
- Hobart Salamanca Market
- Parliament House
- St. George's Anglican Church
- Battery Point
- South Hobart
- Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
- Queens Domain