Port Arthur is not the only historic convict site on the Tasman Peninsula. Escape the crowds and head to Coal Mines Historic Site on the quieter western part of the peninsula. It was Tasmania’s first coal mine and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk amongst ruins of houses, barracks, and prisons from the penal colony. Be sure to walk into the solitary confinement cells – they’re extra creepy. There’s a short walking track around the site and entry is free.

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The free museum at the Officer’s Quarters (oldest timber military building in Australia) and the notorious Dog Line.

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The beautifully presented grounds are a stark contrast to the harsh conditions endured by the convicts. You can walk through the buildings on your own with an information book in hand or there are free guided tours. The entry fee also includes a short ferry ride around the harbour. The ferry takes you past the dockyard, the Point Puer Boys’ Prison and the Isle of the Dead cemetery. There are a range of other tours available at extra cost including a ghost tour and tours of the boys’ prison and the cemetery. The Port Arthur historic site lies at the very tip of the Tasman Peninsula and is UNESCO World Heritage listed. This historic penal colony was placed in this idyllic setting with a green mountain backdrop because of the harbour (for ease of unloading prisoners transported from England) and because it was situated on a peninsula it was easier to protect.



We warmly welcome you to Rosedale, on the pathway to Port Arthur’s World Heritage Sites and surrounding beauty. As proud Aboriginal owners, we would love to share our stories with you, and we invite you to experience the unique Rosedale Story for yourself.

Create memorable moments at our animal sanctuary, taste local restaurant delights by our resident local executive chef Grant Walter.

We encourage you to take a look around and experience the tranquillity Rosedale offers. Why not enjoy a few nights at our cosy onsite Historic Cottages located less than 100 meters from our warm and welcoming restaurant, with a menu to suit the whole family.

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