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Port Arthur is located on the Tasman Peninsula in the far south of Tasmania. Established in 1830 as a timber station, it became a prison settlement for male convicts in 1833. Today, this former penal settlement attracts many thousands of visitors to explore Tasmania's and Australia's convict past.

The historic site has much to reveal for the tourist offering an interpretation gallery, and over thirty buildings, ruins and restored period furnished homes. There are plenty of activities including guided historical walking tours, a ghost tour, air tours and harbour cruises in summer.

Another must see for visitors is the historic Isle of the Dead tour which introduces you to the people who lived and died at the settlement.

This unique piece of Australian history, is a must see destination, providing an insight into the harsh life that befell the people who were sent here as prisoners and those who guarded them.

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Port Arthur © Ausemade Pty Ltd

The establishment of Port Arthur in 1830, first as a timber station, then as a prison settlement for male convicts in 1833, saw the need of a place to bury the dead. The nearby Isle of the Dead (Isle De Morts, also known as Dead Island) was chosen as the burial ground.

Convicts were buried on the southern or lower half of the island. No tombstone or other mark were to be placed at the head of any convict graves, with the only indication of graves reserved for convicts were to be mounds of earth. The high ground on the northern half of the island would be reserved for civil and military burials, who were permitted to have headstones.

Isle of the Dead (Isle De Morts, also known as Dead Island) © Ausemade Pty Ltd

Isle of the Dead gravestones © Ausemade Pty Ltd
A scenic flight offers a great way to explore Port Arthur and the surrounding region © Ausemade Pty Ltd
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