Norfolk Bay & Coal Mines

Join a local historian and naturalist for a scenic tour to the lesser known side of the beautiful Tasman Peninsula offering dramatic natural scenery and fascinating convict history. Visit the World Heritage listed Coal Mines Historic Site which was a convict probation station for 15 years and Tasmania’s very first operational coal mine. Returning to Port Arthur enjoy morning tea followed by a guided tour of the convict ruins. Join your specialist guide as you tour the many ruined and restored buildings, step inside the eerie cells, wander through the Penitentiary and learn about convict discipline that ranged from physical punishment to psychological terror during the harsh years of this penal settlement. Following the tour, you can continue to explore the site at your own pace or take a short harbour cruise before making your way back to the cruise ship.
  • Tour Code


  • Location

    Port Arthur

  • Activity Types

    Culinary / Epicurean

  • Experience Types


  • Duration

    4.5 hours

  • Fitness Level


  • Price

    Adult from $219.99
    Children (12 & under) from $219.99


Scenic Peninsula coastal views; heritage convict buildings and ruins; local Wildlife, especially birds on Norfolk Bay.


Special Notes

To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure that you wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and jacket, and bring along some sunscreen, insect repellent and bottled water. Order of sights visited may vary. Guests with visual and/or hearing impairments must travel with a companion at all times. To make your day as enjoyable as possible please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, bring a hat, plenty of sunscreen and bottled water. Your P&O cruise fare includes general entry to the Port Arthur Historical Site and, time permitting, please feel free to wander around the site upon your return and the conclusion of this tour. Your guide will point out parts of the site you might like to visit.

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