Up early to go on the Tigerline Coaches tour of Port Arthur. An all day trip that takes in some of the physical attractions on the Tasman Peninsula also. The physical beauty on the ride down and on the Peninsula was fantastic.
Port Arthur was established in 1830 as a timber station, then became a prison settlement for repeat offenders. The settlement was closed in 1877, with various buildings pulled down or gutted by fires over the next couple of decades. There is also a Harbour Cruise out to the Point Puer boys' prison and the Isle of the Dead, where the cemetary was located. This does not occur in the winter, so if you are there before September 1, you do not get the cruise.
There is a great deal to do and see at the Historic Site, so plan on spending several hours there. While you are there you will see several things referring to the tragedy on April 28, 1996. They have prepared a brochure with information on the day and ask that no questions be asked of the staff about the events.
I was leaving in the early afternoon for Melbourne, I planned on taking a Harley Tour of Hobart and Mt. Wellington in the morning. Unfortunately, there was a great deal of fog on Mt. Wellington so the tour was canceled. Instead I walked down to the harbour and enjoyed the day.
I wish I had more time to spend in Hobart and Tasmania. There was a great deal to do and see that I never got around to. And this was just around Hobart.