21-Jun-2010 | The Port Arthur Historic Site has been honoured with one of Australia’s leading awards, for the third year in succession.
The Site was named Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine’s Best Heritage Experience at a ceremony held in Sydney last month.
In its citation, the magazine wrote “The phrase “hauntingly beautiful” may be one of the most hackneyed clichés in travel journalism, but it captures perfectly the intrigues of Port Arthur.
This historic site is one of the prettiest ports in the country; on a sunny day there are few lovelier places to be than wandering its cottage gardens and elm avenues. But its natural beauty masks a tragic past – first as a hellish penal colony and then as the site of Australia’s worst massacre.
Both dark episodes are treated with respect and gravity by guides and by fixed displays that don’t shy away from telling the chilling truths about the site's history.”
The Port Arthur Historic Site is Tasmania’s iconic cultural heritage experience – something no visitor to Tasmania should miss.
The site caters for small conferences, meetings, private group tours and cocktail functions, in outdoor and indoor venues, with full catering and equipment hire available onsite.
- Museum Coffee Shop Courtyard (65 seated, 85 standing)
- Junior Medical Officer's House - Main Room (44 seated, 60 standing)
- Museum Coffee Shop (80 seated, 120 standing)
- Asylum Hall (100 seated, 150 standing)
Ideal for a Corporate Meeting and Incentive experience or a small conference, Port Arthur has many complimentary business events products in the surrounding area, such as Tasman Island Cruises, Navigators and Stewarts Bay Lodge.
Groups can access the site by coach in 90 minutes from Hobart or by luxury modern catamaran from Hobart’s Sullivans Cove or Wrest Point Convention Centre. The two hour private catamaran charter with Navigators takes in the stunning sea cliffs of Cape Raoul before entering Port Arthur from the sea as the convicts did.
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