Port Arthur Australia Crescent Bay Beach
The natural world takes over when in Port Arthur, where you can find jaw-dropping rock formations like the Remarkable Caves. Crescent Bay, a pristine half moon bay with sand dunes, leads to the summit of Mount Brown, with its spectacular views of Crescent Beach and beyond.
Historic Penitentiary Site in Port Arthur
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur, once known as Tasmania's "inescapable prison," is a picturesque village with towering cliffs and dramatic coastal rocks. To get to know its history, you can either join a guided tour or venture on your own. There are over 30 buildings to explore, each with a particular story.
Walk the Convict Water Supply Trail, a project involving reservoirs, water wheels and aqueducts built in the 1800s. There's also a chapel, dormitories and a library. Nearby, you'll also find a boatyard, where convicts built different types of vessels for private and public use.
After all the sightseeing, grab a meal at Gabriel's on the Bay, famous for its venison pie and brewed cider. You can also enjoy a quick meal at the Port Arthur General Store, with their juicy schnitzel burgers and tasty fish and chips.
For souvenirs of Port Arthur as well as the whole of Australia, stop by Port Arthur's Historic Site Gift Shop. You can find books, postcards and other memorabilia. And in case you need snacks, coffee or a bathroom break, make sure to visit the Port Arthur General Store.
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