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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart – Tasman Peninsula


Start your Port Arthur Tour from Hobart by heading down the Tasman Peninsula to historic Port Arthur and explore some of the dramatic coastline scenery on the way to your Port Arthur Tour. Take a guided walk and harbour cruise to view Isle of the Dead and be enthralled with the stories of this historic place. Combine your visit there with either a food & beverage adventure or concentrate on a scenic adventure of the surrounds.

All about the Port Arthur Tour from Hobart – Tasman Peninsula.

The Historic Port Arthur is located along the Tasman Peninsula and one of the most significant and renown penal settlements in Australia. The remoteness and dramatic scenery of the peninsula provides a great backdrop to this infamous, and troubled settlement and our tour offers a combination of sightseeing of Port Arthur and either a Food & Wine adventure or a Scenic adventure.

Your Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

You tour starts from Hobart as we travel down along the Tasman Peninsula on our way to Port Arthur settlement you can select from either a Food & Wine adventure (Oyster farm, Gin, Whisky, Winery) where you get to taste local handcrafted product and enjoy the freshness and goodness of the region. Or you can explore the Scenic aspect of the dramatic coastline discovering the many cliffs, archways and caves that the area is famous for.

Once inside Port Arthur you will be enthralled with a historic guided walk through the settlement by a local guide and take a 20-minute harbour cruise and hear the story of the Isle of the Dead. Learn about the people, the place and the stories that you havent heard about that will astound you to how life was back then.

Those visiting Port Arthur for the first time can easily spend from 2-5 hours and get immersed in the area. We can tailor the tour to enable you as much time as possible within the the settlement and priorities your other options.

Lunch can be something casual within the settlement or enjoy a lovely table at the Lavender Farm for picturesque setting by the lake.



The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Tour Highlights 
  • Entry to Port Arthur
  • 40 minute guided walk
  • 25 minute boat harbour cruise
  • Optional Food & Wine stops
  • Optional dramatic scenery inclusions
  • Expert Guide
  • Mercedes Benz Vehicle
  • All entrance fee’s
  • All tasting fee’s
  1. 9.00am Pick up - Hobart

    **Suggested Itinerary (All tours can be changed to suit your needs)

    Pick up from you local Hotel or accommodation.

    If selecting the Food & Wine Adventure then we recommend exploring Port Arthur first and on the way back dropping in at the many food and beverage producers.


  2. 10.00 am Eagle Hawk Neck

    Stop at this narrow neck of the peninsula where the infamous Dog Line was set up to prevent escaped prisoners from getting away. Stop for a coffee or refreshment.

  3. 10.45am Port Arthur Settlement

    Enter the famous Penal settlement of Port Arthur and wonder around the 40 hectare (100 acres) sight with over 30 building to explore, ruins, historic gardens and the harbour. You will be taken on a guided 40 walk by local historian who will tell you the many stories and characters of this colorful place and board a small boat to cruise the Harbour and see the Isle of the dead.

    Visitors can enjoy between 2.5-3.5 hrs. If you want more time this may impact any other suggested places afterwards.

  4. 1.30pm Lunch @ Lavender Farm

    Enjoy a locally inspired casual lunch overlooking the lake. If you want more time in Port Arthur then we suggest a casual lunch in Port Arthur Cafe.

  5. 3.00 -5.00pm Scenic Touring

    On our way back visit many of the spectacular coastal scenery and cliffs

    • Tasman Arch
    • Devils Kitchen
    • Tesselated Pavement
    • Tasman Park Lookout
    • Remarkable Cave (option)
  6. 3.00pm-5.30pm Food & Beverage Producers

    On our way back to Hobart we have time to drop into some of the many producers in the area for locally made beverages and Oysters. Select from he following

    • Mc Henry Distillery (Gin Whisky Vodka)
    • Lavendar Farm – Icecream & Lavender products
    • Dunalley Bay Distillery  (Gin botanicals)
    • Bangor Vineyard -Winery
    • Barilla Bay Oysters – Oyster tastings
  7. 6.00 -6.30pm Return

    Return back to your accommodation after a fabulous day of history, rugged scenery, food and good times.


Our Reviews

Five Days of Excellent Touring with Great Private Tours and Elijah My wife and I spent six nights in Melbourne and three days on the Great Ocean Road in February. I researched and talked with many tour operators when I planned our month-long visit to Australia, including at least five tour operators in the Melbourne area. My interactions with Steve, the owner of Great Private Tours in Melbourne, were extensive and valuable. He provided excellent insights and suggestions that improved our visit to the Melbourne area. His offerings were very reasonable and included excellent tour vehicles and amenities. It was a wonderful experience dealing with him. I highly recommend him. We ended up spending six days with Great Private Tours in one of their Mercedes Viano vans. The first two days included the Full-day Melbourne Tour and the Phillips Island Penguin Parade. Both were led by Elijah McLeod. The third tour went to the Mornington Peninsula with Steve, the owner. Mornington is a beautiful area and really shouldn’t be missed if you have the time while in Melbourne. We then spent the last three days on a tour of the Great Ocean Road with Elijah again. The quality of these tours was excellent and included little extras like (a) varying maps and really high quality publications relevant to our destination for the day; (b) Wi-Fi hotspots in the car so we never lacked Internet access when needed; (c) bottles of water; (d) a small refrigerator in the car; etc.. While Steve was the man I most interacted with while planning the trip, Elijah was the man who had to implement the plans. There’s little to add about Elijah beyond he is simply the very best guide we’re had in our years of touring. He’s the kindest man I’ve ever met. He greeted everyone we passed. He always asked and remembered the names of everyone we dealt with at shops, restaurants, hotels, wineries, etc. He offered to take pictures of folks who were struggling to include themselves in photos. My wife doesn’t walk distances or go up steps well, so he always found ways to get her to where we were going with as little walking and steps as possible and was always at her side to help her. He always asked if we needed water, a restroom break, a better temperature in the car, a charge for our phones, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a blanket, etc. He drove safely. He came up with wonderful new ideas for places to see and things to do as he learned about our interests. For example, on the second day of our Great Ocean Road trip, he arranged for us to visit the Narrapumelap Home, a Victorian-era French Gothic Revival country mansion in Wickliffe built by John Wyselaskie in 1873, and meet its new owner and restorer, Kevin McIntyre, for a personal tour of the magnificent house and grounds. Elijah grew up with Kevin and his family in this area. I can guarantee this is a stop not on anyone else’s tour. I highly recommend Great Private Tours and Elijah to anyone thinking of private tours in Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road.
Jam-packed day! Steve from GPT was great to work with and was a fantastic tour guide. I am the type that likes to do as many things as possible and Steve created an agenda that helped us do and see all the things we wanted. He was very accommodating, polite, and professional. Steve was flexible with timing since some locations we wanted a little longer time at and others we were ok to move along. Steve was great at giving us the background and history to many of the locations and answered many questions. Wouldn't hesitate to book a tour with him again.
Amazing private tour! Despite the bad weather the day we had the tour, Steve still made it an absolutely enjoyable tour, he was very knowledgeable and answered all the questions we had and we had great conversations on our journey. We got to see the beautiful natures of Victoria, the 12 apostles, rain forests, and even koalas and kangaroos, we had a delicious seafood lunch and a few small refreshing hikes. The car was also extremely comfortable! Would highly recommend this private tour!
Rania L
Rania L
Really amazing great private tour We were picked up at our hotel by Brenden. He was a great guide and gave us a lot of information about the tour, but also about Australia. On forehand we changed the restaurant for lunch (our kids do not like seafood) and we went to the best lunchplace ever, great burgers and curry! The helicopterride was really a bonus, what a beautifull views and because we did the reverse tour we were there just before the big crowd arrived, this also was the case for the walk to the 12 Apostles. Seeing those made me emotional.
Dianne D
Dianne D
Best way to see Australia! Best way to see Australia! I can not say enough good things about Steve Andrew and our day with him on the Great Ocean Road. Approaching the GOR in reverse was exactly what we were looking for to avoid the crowds. Steve was very knowledgeable about the things that we saw and experienced. The vehicles were very clean and comfortable. Steve was on time to pick us up and return us to our house so we could make connections for other activities. We had such a positive experience on this tour that we booked another tour for a second day. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Australia.
Robin F
Robin F
Traveling with a disabled person Steve took us on a half a day tour of Melbourne and we enjoyed it so much we asked him to take us on a full day to Dandenong Ranges/Rickett Sanctuaries/steam train tour. He was friendly and very knowledgeable but what made the tours special was his flexibility accommodating my disabled friend so she could enjoy the experience fully. He went out of his way to spot wild life for her since she wished it so much. We’re thankful to Steve for helping us enjoy Melbourne and showing us great places for shopping and eating too!
Couldn't have asked for more. I have to say that this was probably one of our favorite tours while in Australia. Others just couldn’t measure up to this one. Our tour stared with a pick up at our hotel by Steve in a really nice Benz van, with water. From the very start Steve was friendly, warm, and informative. He was very knowledgeable and made the entire trip enjoyable. Our first stop was a small coffee shop run out a garage. A welcome first stop after we got out of the city traffic, with good coffee and a delicious sticky muffin. Steve took us on a “reverse” loop so as to arrive at the Apostles before the larger bus tours would. At the 12 Apostles we had a 15 minute flight over the Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. What wonderful view, one you can’t get by they shoreside lookouts. We got some really cool pictures, and splurged to buy the video taken during the flight. On the way back, we stopped in Apollo Bay for lunch. The included lunch exceed all expectations. Delicious seafood, relaxing environment, and a friendly, and talented, chef. Apollo Bay provided for some retail therapy too. From there we went to Melba Gully, named after Dame Nellie Melba. The best way to describe it is a rain forest park. On the way back had stops to see koalas, feed parrots, see kangaroos “playing golf”, visit historical sites, all while Steve provided colorful and entertaining commentary. I felt this trip wasn’t just a guide taking us around, but a mate who enjoyed showing guests the Great Ocean Road. For a full day adventure of 12 hours, this was well worth price. I would highly recommend tour.
AUZ2019 What a fantastic trip!!! Steven Andrew was a phenomenal guide - so many fun and interesting facts plus first-rate tour experience. Could not have been more pleased! A must item to book when you are in Melbourne!
Dandenong, Puffing Billy Tour, William Ricketts It was a fantastic tour, Steve is very knowledgeable and personable. He explained what we were seeing and ensured we had a good time.
Mike P
Mike P
Amazing tour A fabulous tour of an amazing place with an excellent informed guide. A real treasure. I recommend this tour to everyone
Alicia P
Alicia P