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Step back in time to evoke our convict history. Port Arthur is a UNESCO World Heritage site that will enthrall any visitor with not only its historical significance, but with its effortless natural beauty as well.
With over 30 historic buildings and ruins to explore stretched across 100 acres Port Arthur is a veritable open-air museum, that showcases Australia’s convict history. Between 1833 and 1877 Port Arthur was a large industrial complex where convicts learnt the iron trade – bronze casting, iron work, as well as making leather and ceramics, bricks and small boats for the colonial government. It was a site that practiced successive penal philosophies and treated convicts harshly under systems of isolation, classification and terror. Today, it serves as a striking reminder of the advancement of our nation whilst honouring its settlement origins.