Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour Tasmania

Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour

Jenny, Lindy, Julie, Rose, Merin and Annie, all from Brisbane, had an enjoyable day exploring the Tasman Peninsula with Tasmania i-Drive. The ladies are part of a walking group and made the trip to Tasmania to spend some together and explore Australia’s island State. Jenny was the first to book a tour using the online booking system as part of the new website for the tour business. She had used TripAdvisor to find a tour operator that offered private tours for small groups. They had arranged a 9:00am pick-up from their accommodation in Battery Point to start our big day out.

We stopped for coffee at Dunalley before taking in the view of Pirates Bay and the Hippolyte Rocks at Eagle Hawk Neck. We took a short walk to inspect the Tessellated Pavement which looks like a man-made paved area on the shoreline.

We arrived at the Port Arthur Historic Site just before noon and spent the next three and a half hours exploring the site and taking the introductory guided tour and boat cruise around the Isle of The Dead. A highlight was the lunch in the new information centre which featured scallop pies. The last stop for the day was at McHenry Distillery which is the southern-most whisky distillery in Australia.

McHenry uses its own supply of clear spring water and produces single malt whisky, vodka and a comprehensive range of gins. The tasting room was very welcoming with a log fire warming the building on what was a chilly winters day. The ladies enjoyed a guided tasting of gins including examples of different alcoholic strengths and some with plums added to give a sweeter taste akin to a fortified wine. They are photographed trying the product before purchasing some gifts for those not fortunate enough to be on the trip to Tasmania.

We arrived back at Battery Point at 6:00pm to complete a very full day!