Summer activities at Port Arthur

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Port Arthur is a small town that is of great significance to Australia's past, holding one of the country's most important heritage sites.

The Port Arthur Historic Site is Tasmania's most visited attraction, with the site a former convict settlement from the 1800s.

There are a number of exciting and informative things to see, with guided tours around the Coal Mines Historic Site, the penitentiary, dockyard, convict church, museum houses and grounds and gardens.

You can opt for the more unique experiences of Port Arthur by heading out on the paranormal investigation in the dead of the night, the lantern-lit ghost tour or visit the first reformatory built for juvenile male convicts in the British Empire, Point Puer Boys' Prison, renowned for its harsh punishment and discipline.

The summer season also ushers in a number of special activities at the Port Arthur Historic Site, starting with Carols by Candlelight on December 23. Take part in traditional carol singing at Port Arthur's convict church from 20:30 in the lead up to Christmas Day.

The site will also play host to the Boxing Day Woodchops, one of Australia's "longest running sports carnivals", beginning at 10:00 and also featuring traditional sports activities for the kids and stalls.

You can get a taste for the "finer things in life" by enjoying High Tea at the Visiting Magistrates House, running daily from December 30 to January 31.

Take a bite out of handmade petit fours, gourmet sandwiches and freshly baked scones lathered with jam and cream, in this lovely afternoon activity at the beautifully restored Visiting Magistrates House.

Bring the family along to Port Arthur from December 27 to January 26 for some daily historic plays or to try their hand at some traditional trades such as stone masonry and bricklaying from January 6 to 20.

Fantastic Fun at Port Arthur Summer 2012-13

School Holiday Program Making Convict Bricks

More Brick Making at Port Arthur - Summer Holiday Program

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