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Port Arthur Historic Site now open

The Port Arthur Historic Site is open for business and operating at full capacity again following the bushfire emergency that closed the Arthur Highway, the only road access to the Tasman Peninsula, for nearly ten days in early January.

Following bushfires earlier this month, Tasmania’s Port Arthur Historic Site has re-opened without damage.

All attractions, activities, facilities and tours are operating normally; guided tours of the Site, the harbour cruise, tours of the Isle of the Dead cemetery and Point Puer Boy’s Prison tour and nightly ghost tours are all available daily. The new, award-winning Paranormal Investigation Experience is available on the last Saturday of each month.

Around the region, other attractions, tours and accommodation providers are operating normally and, like Port Arthur, welcoming visitors.

While the bushfires caused considerable damage to areas north of the Peninsula, particularly around Dunalley and Murdunna on the Forestier Peninsula and fire damage is evident along the journey, there is no fire damage around Port Arthur itself nor at most of the scenic spots along the way.

Tourism and business operators in the region agree that one of the best ways to help affected regions overcome the impacts of these fires is for people to visit and spend some time experiencing the activities and attractions available. Local tourism operators encourage all Tasmanians and visitors from further afield to come back soon and discover what makes this part of the world so special.