Port Arthur is a port town in southeastern Tasmania (Australia). As one of Australia's most important heritage areas, the entire town is considered an open-air museum. In 2006 Port Arthur and surrounding areas had a population of 500.
Port Arthur forms part of Australian Convict Sites, World Heritage property which consists of 11 remnant penal sites constructed within the British Empire during 18th and 19th centuries on fertile coastal strips in Australia. Collectively, the sites, including Port Arthur, today represent "the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts."
Port Arthur is Tasmania's top tourist attraction, located 60 kilometres (37 miles) south-east of Hobart, the state capital. In 1996 it was the site of the worst mass murder incident in post-colonial Australian history. On April 28, 1996, the subsequently convicted perpetrator Martin Bryant killed 35 people and wounded 25 more before being captured by Special Operations Group. Martin Bryant is currently serving 35 life sentences plus 1,035 years without parole in Risdon Prison in Hobart, Tasmania. The killing spree led to national restriction on high capacity shotguns and rifles.
In 1979 funding was obtained to preserve Port Arthur as a tourist destination, because of its historical significance. Community's "working" elements, such as the municipal offices and the post office were moved to Nubeena. Several splendid sandstone structures, created by convicts who worked under hard labour conditions, were then cleaned of ivy and restored to their appearance during the 19th century. Buildings include the Guard Tower, the Church, the "Model Prison", and the remnants of main penitentiary. These are surrounded by green parkland.
During season 2016-2017, Tasmania ports served a total of 236,794 cruise ship tourists, which was a 45% increase over season 2015-2016. TasPorts handled a total of 95 cruise ship calls, including 22 in Port Arthur, 17 in Burnie, 6 in Wineglass Bay (located near Hobart, ranked among the world's top 10 beaches) and 1 at Flinders Island (in Bass Strait, located to the northeast of Tasmania).
For season 2018-2019, a total of 125 cruise liner calls were scheduled at ports Hobart and Burnie, another 29 in Port Arthur, and 6 to anchor off the island's east coast (Wineglass Bay / Freycinet National Park).
Port Port Arthur cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Port Arthur, Tasmania. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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