Tasman Peninsula to Port Arthur
The Tasman Peninsula is a land of farms, forests, sheer dolerite cliffs, sweeping views across the Tasman Sea and the place of the world's southern-most historic prison. It is almost an island apart.
Coal Mines Historic Site
The Coal Mines Historic Site offers the chance to discover among the uncrowded ruins a different perspective on Tasmania's convict history.
The coal mines settlement was a punishment station for Port Arthur where repeated offenders of 'the worst class' were sent. Besides the men who worked underground extracting the coal, other prisoners were employed in building works, timbergetting and general station duties. Four solitary cells were constructed deep in the underground workings to punish those who committed further crimes at the mines.
The Port Arthur penal settlement began life as a small timber station in 1830. Originally designed as a replacement for the recently closed timber camp at Birches Bay, Port Arthur quickly grew in importance within the penal system of the colonies. Follow the history of Port Arthur, from timber camp to industrial powerhouse and prison at the forefront of criminal reform methods. Almost as soon as it closed as a prison, tourists began to visit Port Arthur, and it also became a home and the centre of social life in the district.
Tasman National Park
Tasman National Park takes you high above the ocean on fluted seacliffs and monumental rock formations that look as if they have been cleaved apart by blows from a giant axe.
You can visit Tasman Arch, the Blowhole, the Devils Kitchen, the Tessellated Pavement, Remarkable Cave and Waterfall Bay by car, but by far the best views are from the park's many bushwalks. And don’t forget to visit Ship Stern Bluff, in the western part of the park, considered one of the heaviest surfing breaks in the world!