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Uncover some of Tasmania’s dark convict past while exploring the awe-inspiring landscape of the Tasman Peninsula. The region offers nature, adventure and history. Embark on coastal walks, see monumental rock formations and visit an old penal colony.
The peninsular is connected to mainland Tasmania via a narrow isthmus called Eaglehawk Neck. Ferocious dogs used to guard this area to capture convicts who had escaped from Port Arthur. Just beyond this strip of land is the Tasman National Park, a wild expanse of diverse and dramatic scenery. Check out its staggering rock formations, including Devil’s Kitchen, Tasman Arch and the Blowhole.
Thrill seekers can abseil and climb cliffs and dolerite columns and try hang gliding at a launch site overlooking Pirates Bay. Go bushwalking along the many tracks that snake their way through the park. They range from short trails that take less than 2 hours to cover to the Three Capes Track, a 4-day/3-night adventure. This 46-kilometre (28.6-mile) track passes by some of Australia's tallest cliffs and through eucalypt forests. Among the animals you might see during your time in the park are wombats, seals, possums and Tasmanian devils.
For guaranteed sightings of wildlife, spend some time at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. Watch the marsupials being fed and see other animals, such as pademelons and parrots.
During your travels through the region, sightsee the old convict sites. For a 50-year period in the 19th century, some of Britain's offenders were sent to the Tasman Peninsula. Many ended up at Port Arthur, which was used as a penal settlement.
Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site and tour its old buildings. Discover how inmates were punished when you step inside the Separate Prison. See the remains of a church built by convicts and go to the ruins of the coal mines. This is where the worst offenders were sent to work.
The Tasman Peninsular is approximately 45 kilometres (28 miles) from Hobart. Embark on a road trip through the wild and spectacular landscapes or join a bus or coach tour.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Port Arthur Historic Site and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tasman Golf Course and Port Arthur Lavender Farm. Isle of the Dead and Point Puer are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Eaglehawk Neck hotel is in the historical district and within a 15-minute walk of Tasman National Park and Eaglehawk Neck. Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Port Arthur, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Port Arthur Historic Site and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tasman Golf Course and Isle of the Dead. Point Puer is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
Situated in Port Arthur, this campground is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Port Arthur Historic Site and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Port Arthur Lavender Farm. Isle of the Dead and Tasman Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within 12 mi (20 km) of Port Arthur Historic Site, Isle of the Dead, and Coal Mines Historic Site. Tasman Golf Course and Point Puer are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in Port Arthur, this cottage is within 6 mi (10 km) of Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, and Tasman Golf Course.
Situated in Port Arthur, this motel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Port Arthur Historic Site and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Port Arthur Lavender Farm. Isle of the Dead and Tasman Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated by the sea, this cottage is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Tasmanian Devil Unzoo and within 6 mi (10 km) of Port Arthur Lavender Farm and Eaglehawk Neck. Tasman National Park and Port Arthur Historic Site are also within 9 mi (15 km).