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Feb 3, 2015 - Port Arthur, Tasmania

Our next destination was the Convict Trail on the Tasman Peninsula southeast of Hobart. We were immediately struck by the incongruity of such horrific history existing in such a lovely landscape. The Tasman Peninsula was chosen as a penal colony largely because it is nearly cut off from the rest of the state by a very narrow isthmus at Eaglehawk Neck. Several extraordinary geologic features caught our attention there including the Tessellated Pavement, a seaside platform of siltstone eroded into “loaves” and “pans” by water and salt-crystal...

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Jan 7, 2015 - Port Arthur

Leisurely start to the day and a walk from the caravan park to Port Arthur site. We didnt quite know the way to go so we went the 'long way'. Luckily on the way back we found the short and easy way to go and what a lovely walk it was. We spent pretty much the whole day at Port Arthur - it has certainly become more touristy and organised since Mary and I were there 20 years ago. There are walk ways and designated paths everywhere. We had a tour of the harbour and then booked a tour of the Isle of the Dead in the afternoon. Boys enjoyed...

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Jan 6, 2015 - Convict trail to Port Arthur

Slow start today travelling from Richmond with a stop in Sorell to purchase some supplies from the Woolies store there. Then onto the convict trail with a stop at the tesselated rocks, blow holes and Tasman arch rock formations at the start of the Port Arthur peninsula. Then onto the Tassie Devil conservation park (unzoo). Really interesting where you could wander around and view the different animals in their natural states. We then took the trip up to the old Coal Mines site which is now the ruins of a convict coal mine site from the...

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Mar 25, 2014 - Port Arthur, Tasmania

We were close enough to walk to the Melbourne airport from our hotel, so decided on an early check-in and breakfast at the terminal. Hmmm - our Priceline tickets on Virgin Australia doesn't allow for checked baggage. Now that's a problem to be worked out! Some temporary help from a very nice ticket agent and were on our way. The flight was quite pleasant. We heard the ferry crossing of the Tasman Sea can be quite an adventure. Upon landing in Hobart, Tasmania, we boarded the Transporter bus, drove past all the rental agencies at the airport...

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Nov 28, 2013 - Port Arthur

(Ben) I think it's fair to say that our time in Tasmania hasn't been the most relaxing we've enjoyed on the trip. Partly that's due to the sickness we've dealt with but also we feel as though the weather is dictating our movements a little too much! I know we've been spoilt - all those clear, rainless months in the north of the country has made us expect a lot - and I guess it's hard for Queenslanders to accept that somewhere in Australia can still be so cold and wet a few days before the start of summer! After a number of busy days of...

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Jan 18, 2013 - Port Arthur

Friday 18th, Well I think we do not have God looking down on us, we are in Port Arthur and to say it is COLD would be an understatement. We wont be having a look around Port Arthur today, to cold and wet to leave the caravan. This did however give us some comedy, we had the local tourist radio on and this is obviously run by very amateurs, the station kept dropping of air and the DJ (!) kept saying that she didn't know what was going on. She was having a request for $1 donation to the fire fund and if she could not find the song she would...

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Jan 17, 2013 - Seven Mile Beach to Port Arthur

WELL, we have had an interesting time over the last few days, to start with on the 13th we left Ida Bay and headed south leaving the van at the historic railway station where we stayed. The drive was a good drive and we checked out some of the free camping spots but most of them would not take a van our size. We ended up at the end of the most southern road in Australia where there is a Ranger Station, we spoke to the rangers and complained about the cold, they told us some of the bush walkers who had been coming through had told them that...

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Jan 8, 2012 - Educating ourselves about the convict past at Port Arthur

We awoke to heavy rain but by the time we had had breakfast and packed up the sun was out and it was beautiful. We drove back to Port Arthur and spent the morning at the Heritage site on the bronze pass. This included an interesting insight into how the convicts were treated in a well constructed mock up of the the different trades/jobs they had such as carpenter, blacksmith, shoemaker, cook and the heavy labour they had to do if they misbehaved as well as a guided tour of the site and boat trip round the harbour. We then drove to Hobart...

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Mar 9, 2010 - Port Arthur

Drove through the middle of Tasmania to Port Arthur, famous for it's convict colony and prisons which operated between 1830-77. Had another rainy day, but still managed to enjoy exploring the former prisons, churches and cottages. It's a very well-run tourist attraction with excellent explanations of the sites and the history of the colony. While the area has spectacular, natural beauty, it gets very cold so cannot imagine the living conditions here for the convicts and staff. Apparently, it is becoming hip for Australians to have convict...

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Jan 19, 2010 - Hobart-Port Arthur

Vandaag uit Hobart vertrokken en eerst gestopt om wat inkopen te doen in een shoppingcenter in New Town, een 5-tal km buiten Hobart. Daarna doorgereden naar mijn eerste bestemming Richmond. Dit is een rustig klein stadje met heel wat oude gebouwen en het ligt zo'n 30 km van Hobart in een glooiend landschap. Hier bevind zich onder andere de oudste brug van Australië, uit 1823 en ook de oudste katholieke kerk van Australië waarvan de bouw startte in 1835. Verdeer ook nog de oudste districtsgevangenis en gerechtshof in Australië uit 1825 en...

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Jan 20, 2009 - Port Arthur

Tuesday January 20 Today we drove along the “Convict Trail”, a road tour that ends in Port Arthur Historic Site. This site is billed as “Australia’s premier convict site.” Though most of the buildings are in ruins the guided tour and short boat tour provides a lot of information about what the site was and how the penal colony functioned. The location through a tourist’s eyes is wonderful; great climate, lots of beautiful rocky bays and good road access. When it was a penal colony, access was only by ship and the isolation of the place was...

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Dec 19, 2008 - Port Arthur

JOSH: Today I went to Port Arthur Historic Site. The convicts worked from dawn to dusk. … First we went on a tour. It wasn’t long – there was only 3 stops. The tour guide showed us some trees that were planted for memorial (WWI). There was an island called Isle of the Dead. Everywhere you walked was dead bodies. We didn’t go on the Isle of the Dead 3000 people on 1 little island. It was disgusting. We didn’t want to step foot on the island! ANG: On the way to Port Arthur we bought (and started chomping into) some lovely cherries. We also...

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