One of the places to see in Tasmania is the historic town of Port Arthur. Founded in 1830 as a timber station, the town is located between Cape Raoul and Cape Pillar on the southeast coast. In its early history, the town established a penal colony for over a thousand convicts.
Today, the town attracts a large number of tourists as it features over 30 ancient structures and ruins over an expanse of 40 hectares. Tourists also like to explore the area’s shorelines, caves, and cliffs.
The Coal Mines Historic Site
Convict history can also be explored at the Coal Mines historic site. This World Heritage attraction is located 20 kilometres northwest of town. During the time the site was used, convicts worked in the mines to pay for their crimes. Visitors can also explore the trails adjacent to the site.
Area National Parks
Some of the national parks that are located in the Port Arthur area include Eaglehawk Bay, which is noted for its coastal scenery, and Lime Bay State Reserve. The Tasman National Park is noted for its high cliffs and unusual rock formations.
You can also find a number of dining places that are popular with locals and guests. For example, Gabriel’s on the Bay features local Tasmanian seafood while Port Arthur Lavender provides guests with stunning views. If you like traditional pub food, you will enjoy eating at The Fox & Hounds Inn Restaurant.
A Studio Accommodation
You can obtain Port Arthur accommodation in one of a variety of offerings. For example, you can stay in an apartment or hotel room close to Port Arthur. If you prefer an apartment for your stay, you might opt for a one-bedroom studio. The studio offers access to a private kitchen and laundry facilities. Guests also enjoy bay views from the patio. The studio is offered with the choice of a king-sized bed or two single beds.
You might also opt for a guest room with a water view. Rooms are fitted with twin beds or double beds and provide a nice stay for anyone in a group or travelling with his or her family. The ensuite room gives guests the chance to enjoy the view over Pirates Bay.
If you would rather stay in a cottage, you can find several properties of this type in or near Port Arthur. For example, you can book a cottage accommodation overlooking the Southern Ocean. Located in a bush setting, the property sleeps two people and features a beautiful and relaxing patio.
In addition, you can regroup in a guesthouse that features four bedrooms with a spa outside one of the bedrooms. Visitors to Port Arthur can enjoy a bed and breakfast retreat on the beach as well. A self-contained accommodation that features two bedrooms is also situated close to Port Arthur.