Day 2 Sunday 17 September Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula

After a good night’s sleep, we woke to a beautiful clear day, so decided that we would head up to Mount Wellington, but unfortunately the road was closed because of ice, so we will try again tomorrow. We drove out of the city and headed to Port Arthur.
Port Arthur is a small town south-east of Hobart on the Tasman Peninsula. Port Arthur is a former convict settlement that is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas and is an open-air museum. Port Arthur Historic Site, which is World Heritage listed, consists of 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes dating from the prison’s establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877. During this time approximately 12,500 convicts served sentences here.
We had morning tea in the café and then went on a guided tour with our guide Carl, who gave us lots of interesting information about Port Arthur and the Penal Colony. Carl took us through the Penitentiary, which had 136 cells for “prisoners of bad characters” and 480 spaces on the top floor for better behaved convicts to sleep in bunks. When our tour was over, we wandered around looking at some of the buildings with the beautiful Mason Cove as a backdrop. We had lunch in the café and after a wonderful visit at Port Arthur, we headed back to our car.
We drove from the Port Arthur Site to the Tasman National Park where we visited the following:
Tasman Ach, which is a tall natural bridge in the sea cliffs and Devil’s Kitchen is a deep trench without an arch, both of which have been carved out by the Tasman Sea over a period of over 6,000 years. When we got out of the car and walked up to the lookout overlooking the cliffs, we were blown away by the impressive view along the coast with towering dolerite cliffs and pinnacles.
From there we drove to the Blowhole, which was blowing quite high up over the rocks. We walked up to the lookout overlooking Fossil Bay and the coast and could see the waves breaking over some of the big rocks in the ocean. When we walked back to the carpark, Patrick & Henry had an ice-cream, which Mummy & Daddy shared, while Poppa had a coffee.
Our next stop was at the Tessellated Pavement, which has been formed by rocks that were fractured by the movement of the earth that have since been eroded and flattened by the waves and sediment of the Tasman Sea. The tide was in, so there was not much of the Tessellated Pavement to be seen and Patrick wasn’t able to find any crabs or other small sea-life in the cracks.
From there, we drove back to or apartment and Richard and Steve went to Woolworths to buy some pasta for dinner and then it was baths for the boys and off to bed after a busy day.
We asked Patrick what his favourite part of today was and he said “the blowhole”.


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