Port Arthur is a significant location in Australian history.
First, it is the best preserved convict site in Australia and is World Heritage Listed.
Second, it was the site of the 1996 massacre where 35 people were killed and 23 were injured.
It is a very interesting place to visit. As a convict settlement, it started as a timbre yard before it became a prison for those convicts who committed further crimes upon arriving in Australia. Some of the stories are heart breaking, and on a wet, cloudy, miserable day it develops a sad and painful atmosphere. On a bright, sunny day that feeling disappears, and the contrast of colours is mesmerizing.
I’m sure I’ll write a longer blog post on Port Arthur at some stage detailing our two day adventure through the ruins and our ghost tour of the most haunted sites on the site, but for now these photos and my commentary will have to do.
Have you been to Tasmania or to any other Australian Convict sites? Let me know!