Port Arthur Villas
52 Safety Cove Road, Port Arthur, Australia
More about Port Arthur
All that is left of the Broad Arrow Cafe
Part of Port Arthur
another view of the arch
Travel Tips for Port Arthur
Insane Asylum Exercise Yards
If you really want to get your fitness in while touring the Port Arthur facility, then your best bet is to walk in the old prison's insane asylum fitness yards. Similar to a maximum security facility's isolation, this particular location had individual yards for prisoners to get their hour of exercise in every day. Although just rubble now, you can see how small these individual courtyards once were.
Enjoy your walk!
This is a narrow strip of land before you reach Port Arthur. There were constant patrols here, day and night. Eleven dogs were chained at the narrowest part to form a barrier to stop Convicts from escaping. One prisoner tried to escape by hiding under a Kangaroo skin, he had to give himself up, when the guards decided to shoot the roo for meat. How unlucky was he!
Sorell & Midway Point
Located 26ks from Hobart, this is a service town for the surrounding grain, dairy, and sheep farming district. In 1874, the causeway was completed. Its situated on a large expanse of water called the Pittwater, looked good for water sports. There seemed to be a lot of holiday homes near the water.
One good attraction to see, is the Sorell Fruit Farm. November to May is the best time of the year to visit. Lots of different berries are grown in this cooler climate, theres also other fruit and vegees that you can pick yourself. Yummy berry ice-cream is nice, or have a Devonshire afternoon tea at the Cafe. Located at 180 Pawleena road, Sorell.
You will pass through Sorell & Midway Point on your way to Port Arthur.
Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
One of my favorite parts of this trip to Port Arthur was toward the end of the day, when we stopped in at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. This beautiful little area outside of Port Arthur is worthy of more time than we gave to it.
We stopped in at about 4pm, and I believe the park closes at 5:30pm, so the lady at the counter offered us a 2 for the price of 1 special. Since there were four of us, this was perfect and we enjoyed the last feeding of the day for these little devils. There were also other native Australian animals here, but when you are in this park, you are really here to see the devil!
I was amazed at how easily the devil can chew through a kangaroo tail, bone and all!
Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park - open daily (except 25 Dec) from 9am to 5pm, later in summer.
Devils in the Dark - Nightly from dusk* - times vary.
(* Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat - Easter to September.) Call 1800 641 641 for bookings and daily details.
Vineyard Cafe - Daily from 9 am.
I think this is one of the most beautiful buildings at Port Arthur, it probably is one of the most photographed!
Built in 1836/37 by convict builders in a gothic style, it is set on a hill overlooking the convict settlement. Quite large, it was never consecrated due to its usage by a number of different denominations.
Attendance of the weekly Sunday service was compulsory for the prison population
Standing throughout the convict period, the church was destroyed in an 1884 fire and has since been restored.
I have seen it before and after restoration!
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