Celebrate the recent inscription of the Australian Convict Sites as a World Heritage Site by getting out and about with the family to explore Australia’s convict origins. The eleven sites included on the listing include sites in Western Australia, Norfolk Island, New South Wales as well as Tasmania, making it one of the most widely-spread World Heritage sites ever.
Five of the eleven sites are in Tasmania, including the Coal Mines and Port Arthur Historic Sites, as well as the Cascade Female Factory in South Hobart, Darlington Probation Station on Maria Island and Woolmers and Brickendon Estates near Longford in Northern Tasmania – plenty of reasons and places to visit this Spring.
All visitors who purchase a daytime entry pass to the Port Arthur Historic Site this September will be offered an upgrade to a Ticket of Leave pass. The Ticket of Leave pass provides the holder with free return entry to the Port Arthur site for two whole years, making it easy to visit and really explore this amazing place. It’s a great option for families, making visiting Port Arthur affordable, as well as for those who love to bring visiting family and friends when they come to stay.
School Holiday Fun
The on-site Port Arthur Education Centre will be buzzing throughout the school holidays with activities and fun for the family. Find out about fantascopes (a very early form of animation) or make your own convict brick or clothes peg doll. There will be two 1-hour sessions daily, at 10:30am and 12:30pm. No bookings are required and there is no cost involved as the activities are included in the price of site entry. The activities will be available from Saturday 4 September until Sunday 19 September.
Visit www.portarthur.org.au for the full program of activities and other ideas for family fun at Port Arthur.
# # #
The Port Arthur Historic Site, located in the south-east of Tasmania on the Tasman Peninsula, is one of the most important cultural heritage sites in Australia and the world. It offers extraordinary experiences and activities related to our heritage.
The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority manages two properties - the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites. Both are located on the Tasman Peninsula, near Hobart, and both are included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage listing.