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Adeline, our tour guide was brilliant, friendly, very personable, extremely helpful and very informative, she went out of her way to do everything we could have wanted. Port Arthur itself was interesting but, like most of the Tasmanian convict heritage stuff, the Female Factory, for instance, or Sarah Island, it made the most of the horrors of the worst aspects of transportation but really gave very little of the context and of the convict experience of the majority of those transported who were not serial offenders but who were assigned to farmers and householders in the community. The cruise round the bay was brief but pretty.
The site is very spread out,but there are courtesy vehicles that can drop you at each one. Powerful history and you learn a lot. Would recommend it to all. There are a few different tours to enjoy we visited the site for about 5 hours then went back at night for the ghost tour which was really good. The site entry allows you two days if needed to see it all. Staff are very knowledgeable and ready to answer any questions you have. We enjoyed a nice lunch. Would suggest getting there early as it gets very busy.
Amazing views of the highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere. Great commentary. The only down side was the long time, no real access to food (although we were offered a few biscuits). The tour was nearly 4 hours and I was hungry and thirsty by the end. However, due to the great weather we had, we had an extended trip which was a bonus.
The trip was highly interesting from the early history of Richmond and the coastal scenery of the Tasman Peninsular. Port Arthur has been preserved in an amazing fashion truly depicting the history and cruelty of the convict era.
I would have liked more time in Richmond on the way to Port Arthur, but overall the day was really packed full with interesting history & amazing scenery, Tasmania certainly is a magnificent corner of the world.