Port Arthur Historic Site Entry admission pass allows us to visit the site for two consecutive days. It also includes a 45 mins introductory site tour and a 30 mins harbour cruise tour. As it was already 3pm when we reached, we only had time for one of the tours. The site staff suggested to us to go on the introductory tour at 3:30pm today and if we missed the harbour cruise tour at 4:30pm, we can come back the next day.
Every visitor receives a playing card depicting one Port Arthur Convict. As we move through the Convict Gallery, we discover clues about the identity and life story of that person. Then see how they might have spent their time at Port Arthur, Jerlene and Javier trying to locate the young convicts depicted by their cards. This is a good way to keep the kids busy and interested.
The MV Marana took us past the Dockyard (below), the Isle of the Dead Cemetery and the Point Puer Boys’ Prison. The on board guide provided commentary, introducing the visitors to the maritime history of Port Arthur.