Exploring Australia: Port Arthur Historic Site

The view of Part Arthur from the boat

The view of Port Arthur  Historic Site from the boat tour

If you are interested in combining a family holiday with a little bit of education, then this small town on the Tasman Peninsula could be for you. We recently visited the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania – it’s one of the best places to discover Australia’s convict past.

Settled in the 1830’s, it was one of the most infamous penal settlements in Australia when it became a punishment station for the worst convicts in the colony.  Today, Port Arthur Historic site is home to over 30 historic buildings, ruins and gardens with many informative displays and tours.

The site itself is quite extensive, with an Interactive Centre and an entry price which includes a walking tour as well as a boat tour.  The Interactive Centre is a great place to start.  You can follow the journeys of various convicts, from when they left Britain to where they ended up after Port Arthur.  We really enjoyed this and found that it set the scene for the rest of the site.

Exploring the Silent Prison

Exploring the Silent Prison

We visited the Port Arthur Historic Site with our two pre-schoolers and had a fabulous time exploring.   We particularly enjoyed walking through the many buildings.  The silent prison was my personal favourite as it is well restored and informative.  Our kids particularly liked looking through the old homes and talking about what life was like for kids back then and taking the boat tour.

We also found that there were special kids’ activities during the school holidays.  There are old fashioned games and activities which made it a particularly good place to visit for families.

It is an extensive site and best visited over two days.

Lufra Hotel and Apartments

The Lufra Hotel and Apartments

The Lufra Hotel and Apartments

While visiting Port Arthur, we stayed at the Lufra Hotel and Apartments.  There are several room options from budget hotel rooms to family rooms to gorgeous two bedroom apartments.

We found that the two bedroom apartment was perfect for our family.  The fabulous apartments feature a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and dryer, lounge and dining areas, two good sized bedrooms and a big bathroom complete with spa bath. They make sure that your stay is comfortable by providing the small extras that you need, like dressing gowns or washing powder.

The lounge area of the Lufra Hotel and Apartments

The lounge area of the Lufra Hotel and Apartments

The beds are comfortable, the apartment seems new – plus there is plenty of space for kids to stretch out.  What is the best part about these apartments though?  It would most definitely be the glorious views over Eaglehawk Neck.

Part of our view from our floor to ceiling windows

Part of our view from our floor to ceiling windows

In addition to the accommodation, there is also a restaurant, cafe and bar.  Make sure you don’t miss out on the there is a delicious seafood buffet for lunch on Sunday.

The Lufra Hotel and Apartments is located about a 15 minute drive from the Port Arthur Historic Site near the main road down from Hobart.  It’s walking distance to some of the other attractions on the Tasman Peninsula such as the Tessellated Pavement and the Dog Line.

The Lufra Hotel and Apartments is rated 7.3 out of 10 on the HotelsCombined site. If you’re interesting in exploring the rest of the Tasmania, you’ll find over 700 other Tasmanian accommodation options on HotelsCombined: www.hotelscombined.com.au/Place/Tasmania.htm

 

You can read more about Sharon’s travel adventures on her blog, WheresSharon.com

About Sharon Gourlay

Sharon Gourlay is a travel addict, travel writer and mum to two cheeky preschoolers. Sharon loves to share her travel experiences with others in the hope that she will inspire them to get out there and see the world regardless of their family situation. Sharon also likes to share all the good, the bad and the ugly of travel with kids on her family travel blog. You can also follow their adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

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