Sea Change Safety Cove
425 Safety Cove Road, Port Arthur, 7182, Australia
More about Port Arthur
My Convict - the 10 of Hearts
Port Arthur cottage & gardens
Church at Port Arthur
taking a break on oen of the rest areas around
Travel Tips for Port Arthur
Packing List - August
August can get a bit chilly in Tasmania, so in particular when you are visiting Port Arthur where most of the activities are outdoors, warm clothing is a requirement. There is not much separating Port Arthur from Antarctica, so bring a nice warm coat, and possibly even some gloves on your August trip!
Also, because of the proximity to the Southern extremes, it will likely get windy, so some sort of ear and face protection is also welcome. Have a great trip!
Port Arthur is worth the...
Port Arthur is worth the visit, and when you are there pay respect to those who died at the shooting.
Mount wellington is also worth a visit, but bring a sweater because it will be cold up there. You will have a great view of the Hobart casibo, the oldest casino in Australia.
Lune River is also nice, not too much to do if you are not in to outdoors, hiking and all those activities, but it might sound nice if you can say that you have stayed at the most southern hostel in Australia.
St. John the Baptist Church @ BUCKLAND
Buckland is a small town located quite close to Port Arthur.
St John the Baptist Church is a stopping off point because of the history of its East window. We stopped and went inside and had a look, and the stained glass windows are lovely.
The Church was built in 1846, and the East window may have been originally designed for Battle Abbey in England, a church which dates from 1094.
It is thought that when the church was pulled down during the Reformation, it is possible that the window may have found its way out to Australia.
The other story is ...it was sometime in the fourteenth century (some 300 years after the Battle of Hastings) that the window was made.
What ever way you look at it, it is an old window in a church built in the 1800's! I like old graveyards, find them interesting, and there is a good one here.
Pirates Bay Blowhole
An area of dramatic geological landscapes, this area is another gem which can only be found in Tasmania. We've seen other blowholes, this one may not be that great but nevertheless the significance of the formations and the diverse resources around it are memorable.
As described in the PArks and Wildlife of Tasmania website, "The variety of rock types, landscapes, soils and land and soil forming processes are dominating influences on biodiversity, while many of the plants and animals found in Tasmania today are a legacy of the process of continental drift and the breakup of Gondwana."
The blowhole at Pirates Bay is a unique example of Tassie's natural charm.
Do the Historical Walking Tour
If you can, take the Introductory Historical Walking Tour as soon as you can after you get to the site. Although there's plenty of reading materials about the buildings and the site in general, it's much better and more informative to do a face to face tour with an expert guide. There's no better way to learn about the Site and it's history.
This guided tour is included in the Site Entry Pass, so you already paid for it!! Might as well take the tour. Tours leave from the Visitor Centre throughout the day. Check there for times.
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