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Tasman Island & Port Arthur Full Day Adventure

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Join an epic day trip checking out Tasman Island and Port Arthur!

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  • Action-packed tour with a wild 3-hour boat cruise
  • Expert Aussie guides with tons of knowledge to share
  • Perfect for solo travellers, couples or small groups

What we'll do

Join the ultimate Tasman Peninsula adventure with a 3-hour cruise and an afternoon at the Port Arthur Historic Site!

Starting in Hobart, you'll travel out to the Tasman Peninsula, stopping along the way to enjoy morning tea at a local cafe. You'll arrive at Eaglehawk Neck and transfer to an open-air cruise ship. Set off around the peninsula's rugged coast, making sure to keep an eye out for dolphins, seals and whales along the coast. Enjoy spectacular views as you glide beneath the towering sea cliffs, peer inside sea caves, and spot peregrine falcons and other sea birds swooping over the sea or nesting in the cliffs.

Back on land, you'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the Port Arthur Historic Site, one of Australia’s UNESCO-listed convict sites. After an introduction from your guide, you are free to discover the former penal settlement at your own pace. With around three hours to explore the open-air museum, see the guard tower, penitentiary, and tower cottage, and uncover the harrowing history of the site, which forms a key part of Australia’s convict history. Afterwards, you'll board an air-conditioned coach and return to Hobart.

See two of Tasmania's most famous attractions in one action-packed day!

What to know

  • Tour days: Daily
  • Price includes:
    • 1 day guided tour
    • Experienced and knowledgeable guide
    • Morning tea and lunch
    • 3 hour wilderness cruise 
    • Guided tour of Port Arthur Historic Site
    • Air-conditioned transport
    • Hostel/hotel drop-off
  • Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English. 
  • Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting of mostly international travellers with some locals. 
  • Group size: Up to 30 people
  • Age range: This tour attracts a mix of travellers
  • Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 7 days in advance.

About your guides

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is a family-owned business started in 1999 with a single journey taking in Bruny Island. Today, they operate six tours in southern Tasmania and one in southern Victoria, highlighting the spectacular and unique wilderness and wildlife of the areas.

Over a 20 year history, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys has become a highly acclaimed environmental tourism operator and have won 27 Tasmanian and 12 Australian Tourism Awards.


7:30 am - Check-in at Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Centre
7:45 am - Bus departs
9:15 am - Arrive on Tasman Peninsula, Morning Tea
10:00 am - 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise
1:00 pm - Cruise concludes
1:30 pm - 3 Hours at the Port Arthur Historic Site including lunch and time to explore
4:30 pm - Bus departs
6:00 pm - Arrive Hobart, hotel drop-off


  • What should I bring? Make sure you dress warmly for the cruise - warm jackets, scarves, beanies and gloves are recommended. Sea-sickness medication is advised if you suffer from sea-sickness. And don't forget your camera (ideally with a waterproof bag!)
  • Where do we start and finish? Tours depart from the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Booking Centre. This is situated on Hobart's waterfront on Franklin Wharf, next to the Constitution Dock Lifting Bridge. Please check-in by 7:30 am for a 7:45 am departure. You will be returned close to your hotel.
  • How long does the tour go for? Tour starts at 7:30 am and returns to Hobart at approximately 6:00 pm.
  • What days does the tour operate? Tours depart daily except for Christmas Day.
  • What meals are included? Morning tea and lunch is included.
  • Do you cater for specific diets? The tour can cater for a range of dietary requirements, as well as medical conditions/food allergies. Please contact us when booking if you have any specific dietary needs.
  • Who can come? Everyone is welcome on this tour! 

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations made more than 2 days before the activity starts will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations made between 1 and 2 days before the activity starts will receive a 50% refund.
  • No cancellations can be made within 1 day of the activity. 
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        Tasman Peninsula Cruise and Port Arthur

        This was an amazing trip. Really good value. The support crew both on bus and boat were very good and informative. It was slightly cold near the end of the trip. If you are doing it in winter like we did wear waterproof shoes and warm socks

        Tasman Peninsula Cruise and Port Arthur

        Great trip. Adventurous cruise around the peninsula. Knowledgeable, fun local guides. Plenty of time at Port Arthur. Coach driver very informative, friendly and accommodating.

        Full day Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Tour

        A lovely day out! Phil the Tour Guide was super and greatly informative. The Lavender Farm stop had lovely souvenirs, and, delicious scones. The cruise on the Ocean / Sea was spectacular, and, if you like a roller-coaster ride, sit at the front of the vessel..... The Lunch was delish, and, the concept Tour at Port Arthur with Tour Guide Jet was unique and informative and great. Take this Tour! A great and lovely full day Tour.

        Well organised and very enjoyable

        I incorporated the Tasman Island boat trip with my day visiting Port Arthur Historic Site. Thanks to the many warnings from the staff to layer up I managed to remain pretty cosy beneath all my warm clothing and the poncho provided to protect from the spray. The crew were very professional and made sure we were well looked after. Would highly recommend for the wildlife and also the landscape.

        Tasman Peninsula & Bruny Island

        In my 2 days in Hobart, I was fortunate enough to take 2 tours with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys and I was not disappointed. First up, I would like to say that across all of the guides I met during this time, each of them were passionate about their jobs and about Tasmania. I was very impressed by them all, and they were beyond friendly and entertaining. The tours themselves were just as impressive. We did come across some pretty rough weather so our tours had to be altered to suit, however youd be none the wiser with all of the places visited. I would recommend the Tasman Peninsula tour for those who are adrenaline seekers. The 3 hour boat ride can be pretty exhilarating (especially on a rainy/windy day like we had!) and youre almost guaranteed to see seals and possibly a few sea eagles along the way. We were fortunate enough to see both, AND even saw some dolphins and albatross. We also visited the Port Arthur Historical Site on this tour where we had lunch and went on a walking tour about the grounds. It was very informative and all off the staff there are so friendly, again, you can see how passionate they are about the site and telling its story. I learnt a lot of new things and I consider that a success! Both of these tours started in Hobart city so there was a fair bit of driving through small coastal towns and some beautiful countryside, dont worry about this though as the guides are full of knowledge about the island and they love questions, and of course will offer up information through their microphones along the drive. Bruny Island is such a naturally beautiful place and one Id like to visit again, even though the weather was pretty unforgiving we definitely made the most of our day there. And the one bonus about all the rain weve encountered is that without a little rain you cant find a rainbow, and we found so many rainbows! We visited some local producers of Fudge, Honey and Whisky, and tasted some local fresh oysters and fish and chips, it was such an experience, a rather delicious one. We were even lucky enough to see 3 White Wallabys! Theres said to only be about 300 on the island. Another credit to the guides is that they are extremely accommodating at the end of the tour, even being able to drop you off at a more suitable location for you and your onwards travels, both guides did this for us and it really helped us out. 10/10 for everything, I would tour with this company again and again, and hope they continue to thrive in the Tasmanian tourism industry.