Port Arthur Historical Site

The Port Arthur Historic Site contains more than 30 historic buildings extensive ruins and beuatiful grounds AND they allow you to take your dog in as long as its kept on a lead and you have poo bags how awesome Miss Elly was most impressed.The penal station was established in 1830 as a timber camp using convict labour in 1833 it was used as a punishment station for repeat offenders from all Australian colonies by 1840 more than 2000 convicts, soldiers and civil staff lived here. Convict transportation ended to Van Dieman’s Land in 1853 and the penal settlement closed in 1877 many buildings were dismantled or destroyed in bushfires. The church is just a shell but very beautiful there are some fantastic structures here and a real sense of history I have been here twice before and just love it if you ever get a chance to come to Tasmania this is a must see place full of history and for your ticket price of $35 gets you into the site for 2 days, a 40 minute walking tour and a 20 minute harbour cruise. Have a look at the sign that was in the ladies toilet I got a good laugh out of it!! We also had a drive around and looked at the Remarkable cave, Tasman Arc, Devils Kitchen and Tesselated pavement.