History of Australia – Port Arthur.
Port Arthur is officially Tasmania’s top tourist attraction. It is located approximately 60 kilometres south east of the state capital, Hobart. This small town and former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas.
This area forms part of Australian Convict Sites, a World Heritage property consisting of 11 remnant penal sites built during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Port Arthur now represents the best surviving examples of large scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the labour of convicts.