Tasmania's first mine, a place of punishment for the 'worst class' of convicts. Self guided, half an hour from Port Arthur.
From the historic town of Richmond to Eaglehawk Neck, where savage dogs once guarded the narrow isthmus against escaping convicts, and on to Port Arthur, this journey is steeped in convict history and also rich in natural beauty.
The past and present intermingle at Australia’s premier historic site, Port Arthur, shedding light on the lives of over 12,000 convicts who passed through this prison system between 1830 and 1877.
Take a walk on the wild side to soaring cliffs, breathtaking seascapes, spectacular rock formations, sandy beaches, dense forests, and brilliant wildflowers in this incredibly rugged and beautiful region.
Active individuals will find the region a paradise – choose from sea kayaking, world-class cave and wreck diving (swim with the graceful seahorses among the huge kelp forests) and game fishing.