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Kimberley Ports is responsible for the ports of Broome, Wyndham and Derby and is critical to the success of regional Western Australia. 

The Ports Authority is currently undertaking a Channel Optimisation Project, a $7M works project that will enable all tide access for large vessels, particularly cruise ships to the wharf. 

Kimberley Ports is responsible for the ports of Broome, Wyndham and Derby and is critical to the success of regional Western Australia. 

The Ports Authority is currently undertaking a Channel Optimisation Project, a $7M works project that will enable all tide access for large vessels, particularly cruise ships to the wharf. 

Kimberley Ports is responsible for the ports of Broome, Wyndham and Derby and is critical to the success of regional...
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The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is an iconic experience of Tropical North Queensland. This famous railway winds its way from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. For over one hundred years, guests aboard Kuranda Scenic Railway have been treated to a spectacular journey with unsurpassed views of World Heritage Listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls.

With twice daily return services providing capacity for over two thousand guests, Kuranda Scenic Railway is an ideal shore experience or land program inclusion for cruise visitors to Cairns and Port Douglas. For discerning guests, we also offer a premium Gold Class experience that adds a little luxury to this historic and timeless journey.

Guests will enjoy exclusive limited seating in a Gold Class carriage where a dedicated attendant will serve a selection of refreshing beverages and appetisers. For larger groups we are able to offer Royale service which includes seating in Heritage carriages, glass of sparkling wine and locally grown macadamia nuts.

Kuranda Scenic Railway is proudly owned and operated by Queensland Rail which offers an exciting and unique range of rail experiences across the spectacular landscapes of Queensland.
 

The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is an iconic experience of Tropical North Queensland. This famous railway winds its way from Cairns to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. For over one hundred years, guests aboard Kuranda Scenic Railway have been treated to a spectacular journey with unsurpassed views of World Heritage Listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls.

With twice daily return services providing capacity for over two thousand guests, Kuranda Scenic Railway is an ideal shore experience or land program inclusion for cruise visitors to Cairns and Port Douglas. For discerning guests, we also offer a premium Gold Class experience that adds a little luxury to this historic and timeless journey.

Guests will enjoy exclusive limited seating in a Gold Class carriage where a dedicated attendant will serve a selection of refreshing beverages and appetisers. For larger groups we are able to offer Royale service which includes seating in Heritage carriages, glass of sparkling wine and locally grown macadamia nuts.

Kuranda Scenic Railway is proudly owned and operated by Queensland Rail which offers an exciting and unique range of rail experiences across the spectacular landscapes of Queensland.
 

The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is an iconic experience of Tropical North Queensland. This famous railway winds its...
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The Port of Geraldton is one of Australia's busiest regional ports and the gateway to Western Australia's diverse Mid West region. Situated 424km north of Perth.

Geraldton is a developing cruise destination.

The Port of Geraldton is one of Australia's busiest regional ports and the gateway to Western Australia's diverse Mid West region. Situated 424km north of Perth.

Geraldton is a developing cruise destination.

The Port of Geraldton is one of Australia's busiest regional ports and the gateway to Western Australia's diverse Mid...
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The Association’s first honorary life membership was awarded to Mike Bartlett at the 2007 Cruise Conference in Darwin.

The award is an honorary award to an individual for outstanding and conspicuous services/achievements to Cruise Down Under.
Managing Director of Cruise Australian Waters and previously Co -Founder [1993-1997] Chairman [1997-2002] and Executive Director [2002-2005] of Cruise Down Under. Mike Bartlett was one of the four co-founders of Cruise Down Under in 1993.

Mike played an integral part in the growth of Cruise Down Under until incorporation in 1997 when he was elected as the first Chairman of the organization. He served as Chairman and Secretary until 2002 and then served as Executive Director until 2005 when he retired. In that time CDU has grown from an initial membership of 4 to over 50 members.

The Association’s first honorary life membership was awarded to Mike Bartlett at the 2007 Cruise Conference in Darwin.

The award is an honorary award to an individual for outstanding and conspicuous services/achievements to Cruise Down Under.
Managing Director of Cruise Australian Waters and previously Co -Founder [1993-1997] Chairman [1997-2002] and Executive Director [2002-2005] of Cruise Down Under. Mike Bartlett was one of the four co-founders of Cruise Down Under in 1993.

Mike played an integral part in the growth of Cruise Down Under until incorporation in 1997 when he was elected as the first Chairman of the organization. He served as Chairman and Secretary until 2002 and then served as Executive Director until 2005 when he retired. In that time CDU has grown from an initial membership of 4 to over 50 members.

The Association’s first honorary life membership was awarded to Mike Bartlett at the 2007 Cruise Conference in Darwin...
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Mirvac Retail owns and manages a dynamic and boutique portfolio of 16 shopping centres across Australia’s eastern seaboard.

Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, Sydney

Sydney's largest outlet centre located on Sydney Harbour with over 140 premium outlet brands with up to 70% off. Shop at Bally, Coach, Harrolds, Furla, Oroton, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and many more.

Getting there is easy! Jump on board the Shopper Hopper - the direct ferry service from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour to Birkenhead Point and enjoy the 20 minute journey on Sydney Harbour, cruising past Sydney icons. Visitors to Sydney can also enjoy even more discounts with the Hello Sydney discount card available in Centre.

Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Located in the heart of Darling Harbour and only a 5 minute walk from the Sydney CBD, Harbourside is a place where you can eat, drink and play! Enjoy a huge variety of restaurants, cafes and bars located on the waterfront with stunning views of the Sydney skyline.

Pick up a Hello Sydney discount card for even more savings on your dining experience!

Kawana Shoppingworld, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Conveniently located a short drive from the port, Kawana Shoppingworld is a shopping oasis for all your everyday shopping needs and alfresco dining precinct to spend a relaxing day on the Sunshine Coast.

 

Mirvac Retail owns and manages a dynamic and boutique portfolio of 16 shopping centres across Australia’s eastern seaboard.

Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, Sydney

Sydney's largest outlet centre located on Sydney Harbour with over 140 premium outlet brands with up to 70% off. Shop at Bally, Coach, Harrolds, Furla, Oroton, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and many more.

Getting there is easy! Jump on board the Shopper Hopper - the direct ferry service from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour to Birkenhead Point and enjoy the 20 minute journey on Sydney Harbour, cruising past Sydney icons. Visitors to Sydney can also enjoy even more discounts with the Hello Sydney discount card available in Centre.

Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Located in the heart of Darling Harbour and only a 5 minute walk from the Sydney CBD, Harbourside is a place where you can eat, drink and play! Enjoy a huge variety of restaurants, cafes and bars located on the waterfront with stunning views of the Sydney skyline.

Pick up a Hello Sydney discount card for even more savings on your dining experience!

Kawana Shoppingworld, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Conveniently located a short drive from the port, Kawana Shoppingworld is a shopping oasis for all your everyday shopping needs and alfresco dining precinct to spend a relaxing day on the Sunshine Coast.

 

Mirvac Retail owns and manages a dynamic and boutique portfolio of 16 shopping centres across Australia’s eastern...
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Moonshadow Cruises is a family owned and operated business that specialises in dolphin watching cruises and whale watching cruises. Based in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, Moonshadow Cruises have been operating since 1981 and offer a range of memorable cruising experiences on Port Stephens and Newcastle harbour.

We operate 3 vessels, the largest and most luxurious vessels in the port, and cater for a diverse range of clientele with many different cruising experiences on offer including dolphin spotting and whale watching cruises.

Our largest vessel, Moonshadow V, is equipped with a huge boomnet, twist and twirl slide, underwater video cameras, spacious decks for 360 degree viewing, undercover seating, licensed bars and a dance floor.

Our cruises run to schedule, with dolphin watch cruises departing every day, and our vessels have the capacity to carry large numbers without crowding. Our friendly and knowledgeable crew are dedicated to ensuring you have a comfortable and memorable cruising experience. Moonshadow Cruises are 'Ecotourism Accredited' and have a primary focus on ecological sustainability.

Moonshadow Cruises is a family owned and operated business that specialises in dolphin watching cruises and whale watching cruises. Based in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, Moonshadow Cruises have been operating since 1981 and offer a range of memorable cruising experiences on Port Stephens and Newcastle harbour.

We operate 3 vessels, the largest and most luxurious vessels in the port, and cater for a diverse range of clientele with many different cruising experiences on offer including dolphin spotting and whale watching cruises.

Our largest vessel, Moonshadow V, is equipped with a huge boomnet, twist and twirl slide, underwater video cameras, spacious decks for 360 degree viewing, undercover seating, licensed bars and a dance floor.

Our cruises run to schedule, with dolphin watch cruises departing every day, and our vessels have the capacity to carry large numbers without crowding. Our friendly and knowledgeable crew are dedicated to ensuring you have a comfortable and memorable cruising experience. Moonshadow Cruises are 'Ecotourism Accredited' and have a primary focus on ecological sustainability.

Moonshadow Cruises is a family owned and operated business that specialises in dolphin watching cruises and whale...
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New Caledonia Tourism (Nouvelle-Calédonie Tourisme Point Sud) is in charge of the promotion of New Caledonia abroad in collaboration with its institutional partners (Tourisme Province Nord & Destination Iles Loyauté) and local tourist suppliers.

Headquartered in New Caledonia, NCT also has several tourist offices abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France and Italy.

New Caledonia Tourism (Nouvelle-Calédonie Tourisme Point Sud) is in charge of the promotion of New Caledonia abroad in collaboration with its institutional partners (Tourisme Province Nord & Destination Iles Loyauté) and local tourist suppliers.

Headquartered in New Caledonia, NCT also has several tourist offices abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France and Italy.

New Caledonia Tourism (Nouvelle-Calédonie Tourisme Point Sud) is in charge of the promotion of New Caledonia abroad in...
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NSW Ports is a consortium of leading institutional investors: IFM Investors (including Cbus, HESTA and Hostplus), Australian Super, Tawreed Investments Limited and Q Super.

Our shareholders represent over five million Australian superannuation fund members and are long term investors with interests in a range of Australian infrastructure assets.

NSW Ports’ assets include Port Botany and Port Kembla, Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre and the Cooks River Intermodal Terminal.

Our role is to manage our assets in a way that allows our customers to efficiently service the needs of the people and businesses of New South Wales while minimising environmental and social impacts.

NSW Ports is a consortium of leading institutional investors: IFM Investors (including Cbus, HESTA and Hostplus), Australian Super, Tawreed Investments Limited and Q Super.

Our shareholders represent over five million Australian superannuation fund members and are long term investors with interests in a range of Australian infrastructure assets.

NSW Ports’ assets include Port Botany and Port Kembla, Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre and the Cooks River Intermodal Terminal.

Our role is to manage our assets in a way that allows our customers to efficiently service the needs of the people and businesses of New South Wales while minimising environmental and social impacts.

NSW Ports is a consortium of leading institutional investors: IFM Investors (including Cbus, HESTA and Hostplus),...
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Towering mountain peaks, lush, fertile valleys, golden beaches, sparkling coral islands and some of the best diving locations in the world.

Papua New Guinea is a country of wild beauty, of breathe taking landscapes, of fascinating flora and fauna. No two provinces are alike in the astounding complexity of this country's people.

It is a land of unique experiences and an inspiring cultural heritage.

Towering mountain peaks, lush, fertile valleys, golden beaches, sparkling coral islands and some of the best diving locations in the world.

Papua New Guinea is a country of wild beauty, of breathe taking landscapes, of fascinating flora and fauna. No two provinces are alike in the astounding complexity of this country's people.

It is a land of unique experiences and an inspiring cultural heritage.

Towering mountain peaks, lush, fertile valleys, golden beaches, sparkling coral islands and some of the best diving...
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With over 30 000 crossings between Thursday Island and Seisia, Peddells is the most experienced passenger ferry operator in Torres Strait.

Lesley and Jim Peddell were born and bred on Thursday Island and their Torres Strait family ties date back many generations. After years of commercial and recreational diving, fishing and sailing the Straits Jim and Lesley recognised the growing need for a regular passenger service to link the top of the Cape with Thursday Island. Peddells launched the first privately owned and operated scheduled ferry run between Thursday Island and the Seisia in 1979.

Passenger Ferry

Peddells first vessel on this run was a 33ft cruiser, built on Thursday Island cruised at the relaxing pace of just 6 knots. In 2000 Peddells built and launched ‘MV Strait Magic’ a 17 m, 80 passenger high speed catamaran and in 2013 ‘MV Torres Magic’ the 20m 120 passenger catamaran is the latest addition to the fleet. The ‘MV Torres Magic’ offers a mechanised system for luggage handling, onboard kiosk, Nespresso coffee machine, air-conditioned cabins on both decks as well as sun deck seating on the bow and greater wave reach for a more comfortable ride.

Bus Tours

Peddells professional tour guides will delight you with knowledgeable and entertaining narratives of Thursday Island’s history. This guided tour is quite simply the best way to explore historic Thursday Island. You will visit all the main points of interest as well as areas off-the-track. A modern fleet including 20 and 53 seater air-conditioned coaches ensures you tour in both comfort and style.

The Jetty Shop

In response to demand from visitors stepping ashore and departing from the Engineers Jetty on Thursday Island, Peddells established a gift store that is all about quality, identifying the most sought after items and making them conveniently available to their ferry clientele. Gifts, souvenirs and pearl jewellery from the nearby Kazu Pearl Culture Farm are part of this special collection. A selection of Jetty Shop items are also available at the kiosk onboard the ‘MV Torres Magic’.

With over 30 000 crossings between Thursday Island and Seisia, Peddells is the most experienced passenger ferry operator in Torres Strait.

Lesley and Jim Peddell were born and bred on Thursday Island and their Torres Strait family ties date back many generations. After years of commercial and recreational diving, fishing and sailing the Straits Jim and Lesley recognised the growing need for a regular passenger service to link the top of the Cape with Thursday Island. Peddells launched the first privately owned and operated scheduled ferry run between Thursday Island and the Seisia in 1979.

Passenger Ferry

Peddells first vessel on this run was a 33ft cruiser, built on Thursday Island cruised at the relaxing pace of just 6 knots. In 2000 Peddells built and launched ‘MV Strait Magic’ a 17 m, 80 passenger high speed catamaran and in 2013 ‘MV Torres Magic’ the 20m 120 passenger catamaran is the latest addition to the fleet. The ‘MV Torres Magic’ offers a mechanised system for luggage handling, onboard kiosk, Nespresso coffee machine, air-conditioned cabins on both decks as well as sun deck seating on the bow and greater wave reach for a more comfortable ride.

Bus Tours

Peddells professional tour guides will delight you with knowledgeable and entertaining narratives of Thursday Island’s history. This guided tour is quite simply the best way to explore historic Thursday Island. You will visit all the main points of interest as well as areas off-the-track. A modern fleet including 20 and 53 seater air-conditioned coaches ensures you tour in both comfort and style.

The Jetty Shop

In response to demand from visitors stepping ashore and departing from the Engineers Jetty on Thursday Island, Peddells established a gift store that is all about quality, identifying the most sought after items and making them conveniently available to their ferry clientele. Gifts, souvenirs and pearl jewellery from the nearby Kazu Pearl Culture Farm are part of this special collection. A selection of Jetty Shop items are also available at the kiosk onboard the ‘MV Torres Magic’.

With over 30 000 crossings between Thursday Island and Seisia, Peddells is the most experienced passenger ferry...
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Victoria’s wildlife Island Phillip Island is home to Australia’s most popular natural wildlife experience, the Penguin Parade, as well as an abundance of unique nature and inspiring experiences.

Each night at sunset, watch the smallest penguins in the world as they march up the beach to their burrows in this amazing ancient ritual. Phillip Island boasts unique experiences including: nature and wildlife, interactive and fun, wild and adventurous.

Come face to face with koalas from treetop boardwalks, stroll through cottage gardens, experience daily farming activities and enjoy drifting amongst thousands of playful seals on a cruise to Seal Rocks —the world’s largest Australian Fur Seal colony.

Boasting miles of spectacular walks, secluded beaches and bays, internationally-renowned wetlands and nationally-recognised surfing reserves. Visitors can discover themselves or take a scenic helicopter flight. For the adventurous, embark on a kayaking, surfing, snorkelling or cycling experience with local operators.

The world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit hosts International motor racing events viewed by over 350 million people around the world and offers go karting on a scale replica circuit and behind the scenes tours.

Experience amazing puzzles, illusions and magic at award-winning attractions, be enthralled by the world’s largest chocolate waterfall and other amazing chocolate displays.

There are a diverse range of culinary dining options, boasting local produce across the region, boutique winery cellar doors, breweries and seaside villages Cowes, San Remo, Newhaven and Rhyll to explore.

Victoria’s wildlife Island Phillip Island is home to Australia’s most popular natural wildlife experience, the Penguin Parade, as well as an abundance of unique nature and inspiring experiences.

Each night at sunset, watch the smallest penguins in the world as they march up the beach to their burrows in this amazing ancient ritual. Phillip Island boasts unique experiences including: nature and wildlife, interactive and fun, wild and adventurous.

Come face to face with koalas from treetop boardwalks, stroll through cottage gardens, experience daily farming activities and enjoy drifting amongst thousands of playful seals on a cruise to Seal Rocks —the world’s largest Australian Fur Seal colony.

Boasting miles of spectacular walks, secluded beaches and bays, internationally-renowned wetlands and nationally-recognised surfing reserves. Visitors can discover themselves or take a scenic helicopter flight. For the adventurous, embark on a kayaking, surfing, snorkelling or cycling experience with local operators.

The world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit hosts International motor racing events viewed by over 350 million people around the world and offers go karting on a scale replica circuit and behind the scenes tours.

Experience amazing puzzles, illusions and magic at award-winning attractions, be enthralled by the world’s largest chocolate waterfall and other amazing chocolate displays.

There are a diverse range of culinary dining options, boasting local produce across the region, boutique winery cellar doors, breweries and seaside villages Cowes, San Remo, Newhaven and Rhyll to explore.

Victoria’s wildlife Island Phillip Island is home to Australia’s most popular natural wildlife experience, the Penguin...
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On 1 July 2014, Port Hedland Port Authority amalgamated with Dampier Port Authority to form Pilbara Ports Authority.  Pilbara Ports Authority stretches from the Port of Ashburton near Onslow in the south, to the Port of Port Hedland in the north, and includes the future ports of Anketell and Cape Preston East.

On 1 July 2014, Port Hedland Port Authority amalgamated with Dampier Port Authority to form Pilbara Ports Authority.  Pilbara Ports Authority stretches from the Port of Ashburton near Onslow in the south, to the Port of Port Hedland in the north, and includes the future ports of Anketell and Cape Preston East.

On 1 July 2014, Port Hedland Port Authority amalgamated with Dampier Port Authority to form Pilbara Ports Authority.  ...
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Plaza Premium Group (PPG) which operates airport services including Guest Lounges, Hotels, Meet and Greet services and Dining facilities across the world has signed on to support our cruise passengers as they arrive or depart from key gateways in Australia.

In this region, PPG currently operates the Plaza Premium Lounge in Brisbane and the Skyteam Lounge in Sydney.  A Premium Lounge is also scheduled to open in Melbourne in February 2018.

Plaza Premium Group (PPG) which operates airport services including Guest Lounges, Hotels, Meet and Greet services and Dining facilities across the world has signed on to support our cruise passengers as they arrive or depart from key gateways in Australia.

In this region, PPG currently operates the Plaza Premium Lounge in Brisbane and the Skyteam Lounge in Sydney.  A Premium Lounge is also scheduled to open in Melbourne in February 2018.

Plaza Premium Group (PPG) which operates airport services including Guest Lounges, Hotels, Meet and Greet services and...
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Port Arthur - one of Australia's Must-See destinations

Located at the south-eastern tip of Tasmania, Port Arthur offers a unique and memorable cruising experience. Dramatic coastline and sea cliffs lead to our beautiful, safe and sheltered deep-water anchorage, offering easy access to the famous, World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site.

Port Arthur is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict-era sites in the world. The Site spreads over 40 hectares (100 acres) and contains more than 30 historic buildings and ruins. Some of the shingle-roofed buildings were substantially destroyed in bushfires in the late nineteenth century; their ruins give the place an appropriately eerie countenance.

Boulevards of towering oaks and English elms along with expanses of verdant lawns soften the view. Convict era gardens have been meticulously reinstated following extensive archaeological study and historical research. Port Arthur is located on a tranquil harbour and surrounded by hills of dense native forest. The beauty belies the stark reality - that this was a place of much brutality.

Between 1830 and 1877 about 12,500 sentences were served by convicts at Port Arthur. One in seven convicts died. Despite the brutality, a range of industry flourished. A thousand loaves of bread were baked every day, nails were hand made and more than one hundred boats and ships were constructed at Port Arthur’s dockyard.

Activities

The Port Arthur Historic Site is a place of incredible stories. Created with convict labour, the impressive architecture, delightful gardens, dockyard and chilling prison facilities survive today for you to explore.

  • 40 hectares and over 30 historic buildings, ruins, Dockyard and gardens, including fully restored and furnished houses
  • Interactive experiences in the Visitor Centre, featuring the Lottery of Life, as well as our Museum and Convict Study Centre
  • Fascinating 40 minute guided walking tour
  • 25 minute Harbour Cruise aboard the MV Marana
  • Courtesy shuttle buggy service for people with restricted mobility
  • Experience the sounds of past industry at the Port Arthur Dockyard

 

Guided tours of the Historic Site and other shore activities can be tailored to suit schedules and budgets. Access to shore operators for tours of the region is easily organised. The Site’s cafes and restaurants offer quality dining and hospitality options.

Guide books are available in English, French, German, Chinese and Japanese, and interpreters are welcome and accommodated on guided tours.

Isle of the Dead Cemetery Tour

  • The Isle of the Dead is a small island located in the harbour off Port Arthur. Between 1833 and 1877, around one thousand burials took place there.
  • Cruise to the island and join a guided walking tour to discover a different aspect Port Arthur's history. This tour offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the people who lived and died at Port Arthur.
  • The walking tour lasts approximately 30 minutes but allow an hour to include the ferry trip there and back.
  • Tours depart daily except Christmas Day
     

Point Puer Boys’ Prison Tour

3,000 boys, some as young as nine years old, were sentenced to the Point Puer Boys’ Prison between 1834 and 1849.
Located across the harbour from Port Arthur, it was the first reformatory built exclusively for juvenile male convicts in the British Empire and renowned for its regime of stern discipline and harsh punishment.
The walking tour lasts approximately one hour, but allow two hours to include the ferry trip there and back.
Tours depart daily from September to July, except Christmas Day
 

Audio Tour

  • Explore the Site at your own pace and hear the stories of Port Arthur in the places where they happened
  • Our Audio Tour has 25 stops and blends fascinating history, music, interviews and readings. Character performers deliver an engrossing experience.
  • Available in English
     

Behind The Scenes Tour

  • Immerse yourself in the magnificent Government Gardens and gain insight into how archaeology, science and horticulture assisted to recreate this 19th century pleasure garden
  • Explore our collection that  is not on general display - discovered by archaeologists after having spent over a century buried among the ruins of the site
  • Experience the famous Separate Prison, one our more recent and large scale conservation projects, brought back to life. Originally designed to reform convicts through isolation and contemplation, they were locked in single cells for 23 hours each day.
     

Shore Excursions

Shore operators can provide tours and activities around the Tasman Peninsula region – one of Tasmania’s most dramatic and scenic areas.

Highlights include

  • World Heritage-listed Coal Mines Historic Site
  • Convict Trail via Nubeena, to see the sites of various convict probation stations
  • Eaglehawk Neck and the infamous Dog Line
  • Tesselated Pavement
  • The Blow Hole
  • The Devils Kitchen
  • Tasman Arch
     

Port Arthur Port Details

Type of Berth: Sheltered anchorage.
Channel Depth: 25.0m in bay.
Channel Length: No channel, wide bay.
Tidal Variation: Max 1.2m, std 0.6m .
Berth Length (metres): Max anchorage 250m.
Maximum Draught: 12.0m.
Port Charges: Please refer to TasPorts.
www.tasports.com.au

Port Arthur - one of Australia's Must-See destinations

Located at the south-eastern tip of Tasmania, Port Arthur offers a unique and memorable cruising experience. Dramatic coastline and sea cliffs lead to our beautiful, safe and sheltered deep-water anchorage, offering easy access to the famous, World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site.

Port Arthur is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict-era sites in the world. The Site spreads over 40 hectares (100 acres) and contains more than 30 historic buildings and ruins. Some of the shingle-roofed buildings were substantially destroyed in bushfires in the late nineteenth century; their ruins give the place an appropriately eerie countenance.

Boulevards of towering oaks and English elms along with expanses of verdant lawns soften the view. Convict era gardens have been meticulously reinstated following extensive archaeological study and historical research. Port Arthur is located on a tranquil harbour and surrounded by hills of dense native forest. The beauty belies the stark reality - that this was a place of much brutality.

Between 1830 and 1877 about 12,500 sentences were served by convicts at Port Arthur. One in seven convicts died. Despite the brutality, a range of industry flourished. A thousand loaves of bread were baked every day, nails were hand made and more than one hundred boats and ships were constructed at Port Arthur’s dockyard.

Activities

The Port Arthur Historic Site is a place of incredible stories. Created with convict labour, the impressive architecture, delightful gardens, dockyard and chilling prison facilities survive today for you to explore.

  • 40 hectares and over 30 historic buildings, ruins, Dockyard and gardens, including fully restored and furnished houses
  • Interactive experiences in the Visitor Centre, featuring the Lottery of Life, as well as our Museum and Convict Study Centre
  • Fascinating 40 minute guided walking tour
  • 25 minute Harbour Cruise aboard the MV Marana
  • Courtesy shuttle buggy service for people with restricted mobility
  • Experience the sounds of past industry at the Port Arthur Dockyard

 

Guided tours of the Historic Site and other shore activities can be tailored to suit schedules and budgets. Access to shore operators for tours of the region is easily organised. The Site’s cafes and restaurants offer quality dining and hospitality options.

Guide books are available in English, French, German, Chinese and Japanese, and interpreters are welcome and accommodated on guided tours.

Isle of the Dead Cemetery Tour

  • The Isle of the Dead is a small island located in the harbour off Port Arthur. Between 1833 and 1877, around one thousand burials took place there.
  • Cruise to the island and join a guided walking tour to discover a different aspect Port Arthur's history. This tour offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the people who lived and died at Port Arthur.
  • The walking tour lasts approximately 30 minutes but allow an hour to include the ferry trip there and back.
  • Tours depart daily except Christmas Day
     

Point Puer Boys’ Prison Tour

3,000 boys, some as young as nine years old, were sentenced to the Point Puer Boys’ Prison between 1834 and 1849.
Located across the harbour from Port Arthur, it was the first reformatory built exclusively for juvenile male convicts in the British Empire and renowned for its regime of stern discipline and harsh punishment.
The walking tour lasts approximately one hour, but allow two hours to include the ferry trip there and back.
Tours depart daily from September to July, except Christmas Day
 

Audio Tour

  • Explore the Site at your own pace and hear the stories of Port Arthur in the places where they happened
  • Our Audio Tour has 25 stops and blends fascinating history, music, interviews and readings. Character performers deliver an engrossing experience.
  • Available in English
     

Behind The Scenes Tour

  • Immerse yourself in the magnificent Government Gardens and gain insight into how archaeology, science and horticulture assisted to recreate this 19th century pleasure garden
  • Explore our collection that  is not on general display - discovered by archaeologists after having spent over a century buried among the ruins of the site
  • Experience the famous Separate Prison, one our more recent and large scale conservation projects, brought back to life. Originally designed to reform convicts through isolation and contemplation, they were locked in single cells for 23 hours each day.
     

Shore Excursions

Shore operators can provide tours and activities around the Tasman Peninsula region – one of Tasmania’s most dramatic and scenic areas.

Highlights include

  • World Heritage-listed Coal Mines Historic Site
  • Convict Trail via Nubeena, to see the sites of various convict probation stations
  • Eaglehawk Neck and the infamous Dog Line
  • Tesselated Pavement
  • The Blow Hole
  • The Devils Kitchen
  • Tasman Arch
     

Port Arthur Port Details

Type of Berth: Sheltered anchorage.
Channel Depth: 25.0m in bay.
Channel Length: No channel, wide bay.
Tidal Variation: Max 1.2m, std 0.6m .
Berth Length (metres): Max anchorage 250m.
Maximum Draught: 12.0m.
Port Charges: Please refer to TasPorts.
www.tasports.com.au

Port Arthur - one of Australia's Must-See destinations Located at the south-eastern tip of Tasmania, Port Arthur...
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Sydney is Australia's largest cruise port handling over 115,000 passengers annually.

As Australia's gateway Sydney offers one of the world's most beautiful destinations supported by two world class terminals, both within walking distance of down-town shops and tourist attractions.

Sydney Harbour is Australia's premier cruise ship destination and the only port in Australia with two dedicated cruise-passenger terminals.

The Overseas Passenger Terminal located at Circular Quay and Wharf 5 Cruise Passenger Terminal located at Barangaroo. Both are situated in the heart of the city and close to major tourist attractions.

The Port Authority of NSW has been consistently recognised by the industry as having the world's 'best turnaround port operations' and in December last year, Sydney beat Venice and Vancouver for the title of 'Best Cruise Port in the World', as voted by Cruise Passenger Magazine.

Sydney is Australia's largest cruise port handling over 115,000 passengers annually.

As Australia's gateway Sydney offers one of the world's most beautiful destinations supported by two world class terminals, both within walking distance of down-town shops and tourist attractions.

Sydney Harbour is Australia's premier cruise ship destination and the only port in Australia with two dedicated cruise-passenger terminals.

The Overseas Passenger Terminal located at Circular Quay and Wharf 5 Cruise Passenger Terminal located at Barangaroo. Both are situated in the heart of the city and close to major tourist attractions.

The Port Authority of NSW has been consistently recognised by the industry as having the world's 'best turnaround port operations' and in December last year, Sydney beat Venice and Vancouver for the title of 'Best Cruise Port in the World', as voted by Cruise Passenger Magazine.

Sydney is Australia's largest cruise port handling over 115,000 passengers annually. As Australia's gateway Sydney...
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The Port of Brisbane is one of Australia’s fastest growing container ports, and Queensland’s largest multi-cargo port.

Located at the mouth of the Brisbane River and the entrance to the beautiful Moreton Bay, the Port of Brisbane also serves as Brisbane’s sole port-of-call for cruise ships greater than 270 metres in length.

To further enable Australia’s growing cruise industry, the Port of Brisbane is currently constructing south-east Queensland’s only dedicated mega-cruise ship terminal, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.

Scheduled to be operational in 2020, this world-class facility will be able to cater to cruise vessels of all sizes and enable mega ships to utilise Brisbane as a base port, transforming the city into a major cruise destination.

The Port of Brisbane is one of Australia’s fastest growing container ports, and Queensland’s largest multi-cargo port.

Located at the mouth of the Brisbane River and the entrance to the beautiful Moreton Bay, the Port of Brisbane also serves as Brisbane’s sole port-of-call for cruise ships greater than 270 metres in length.

To further enable Australia’s growing cruise industry, the Port of Brisbane is currently constructing south-east Queensland’s only dedicated mega-cruise ship terminal, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.

Scheduled to be operational in 2020, this world-class facility will be able to cater to cruise vessels of all sizes and enable mega ships to utilise Brisbane as a base port, transforming the city into a major cruise destination.

 

The Port of Brisbane is one of Australia’s fastest growing container ports, and Queensland’s largest multi-cargo port.

Located at the mouth of the Brisbane River and the entrance to the beautiful Moreton Bay, the Port of Brisbane also serves as Brisbane’s sole port-of-call for cruise ships greater than 270 metres in length.

To further enable Australia’s growing cruise industry, the Port of Brisbane is currently constructing south-east Queensland’s only dedicated mega-cruise ship terminal, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.

Scheduled to be operational in 2020, this world-class facility will be able to cater to cruise vessels of all sizes and enable mega ships to utilise Brisbane as a base port, transforming the city into a major cruise destination.

The Port of Brisbane is one of Australia’s fastest growing container ports, and Queensland’s largest multi-cargo port.

Located at the mouth of the Brisbane River and the entrance to the beautiful Moreton Bay, the Port of Brisbane also serves as Brisbane’s sole port-of-call for cruise ships greater than 270 metres in length.

To further enable Australia’s growing cruise industry, the Port of Brisbane is currently constructing south-east Queensland’s only dedicated mega-cruise ship terminal, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal.

Scheduled to be operational in 2020, this world-class facility will be able to cater to cruise vessels of all sizes and enable mega ships to utilise Brisbane as a base port, transforming the city into a major cruise destination.

 

The Port of Brisbane is one of Australia’s fastest growing container ports, and Queensland’s largest multi-cargo port...
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Port of Portland is a deep-water bulk port strategically located between the ports of Melbourne and Adelaide. It is the international gateway for the Green Triangle Region, an area blessed with an abundance of natural resources.

The Port specialises in bulk commodities, particularly agricultural, forestry and mining products as well as aluminium and fertiliser. It has approximately six million tonnes in annual throughput.

The export trade includes grain, woodchips, logs, aluminium ingots and livestock, while import commodities are alumina, liquid pitch and fertiliser products. 

The Port's close proximity to shipping lanes and deep-water approaches provides unimpeded access right to the entrance of the harbour basin.

The Port is served by both road and rail systems, which bypass the City of Portland to allow 24-hour access. It delivers $2.5 billion into the region and the nation each year - a figure that will continue to grow.

Cruise Ships

Port of Portland welcomed the MS Europa on 8 March 2014 and four P&O cruise ships in February and March 2015. Further cruise vessels are lined up to visit the Port of Portland over the next two-years.

Click here to view the Cruise Ship Schedule

For further information on Cruise Ship bookings please contact the Ports Business Development Unit on +61 3 5525 0900.

Port of Portland is a deep-water bulk port strategically located between the ports of Melbourne and Adelaide. It is the international gateway for the Green Triangle Region, an area blessed with an abundance of natural resources.

The Port specialises in bulk commodities, particularly agricultural, forestry and mining products as well as aluminium and fertiliser. It has approximately six million tonnes in annual throughput.

The export trade includes grain, woodchips, logs, aluminium ingots and livestock, while import commodities are alumina, liquid pitch and fertiliser products. 

The Port's close proximity to shipping lanes and deep-water approaches provides unimpeded access right to the entrance of the harbour basin.

The Port is served by both road and rail systems, which bypass the City of Portland to allow 24-hour access. It delivers $2.5 billion into the region and the nation each year - a figure that will continue to grow.

Cruise Ships

Port of Portland welcomed the MS Europa on 8 March 2014 and four P&O cruise ships in February and March 2015. Further cruise vessels are lined up to visit the Port of Portland over the next two-years.

Click here to view the Cruise Ship Schedule

For further information on Cruise Ship bookings please contact the Ports Business Development Unit on +61 3 5525 0900.

Port of Portland is a deep-water bulk port strategically located between the ports of Melbourne and Adelaide. It is the...
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Australia's largest tropical city has become the premier destination for visitors to see the 'real' North Queensland.

It is a charming blend of old and new with modern facilities that include a casino, world-class museums, restaurants and shopping.

From here you can visit the outback, reef, rainforest and indulge in 'Life in the Tropics'.

Australia's largest tropical city has become the premier destination for visitors to see the 'real' North Queensland.

It is a charming blend of old and new with modern facilities that include a casino, world-class museums, restaurants and shopping.

From here you can visit the outback, reef, rainforest and indulge in 'Life in the Tropics'.

Australia's largest tropical city has become the premier destination for visitors to see the 'real' North Queensland....
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Ports Australia is an ex officio member of The Australian Cruise Association and provides support in the port and shipping area.

Ports Australia is an ex officio member of The Australian Cruise Association and provides support in the port and shipping area.

Ports Australia is an ex officio member of The Australian Cruise Association and provides support in the port and...
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Queensland's nothernmost city, and a tourist mecca which serves as the hub for the many attractions of the tropical north including the Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage listed rainforests, aboriginal culture, tropical wildlife to mention a few.

The cruise terminal is located in the heart of the city and within eight kilometres of the international airport.

Queensland's nothernmost city, and a tourist mecca which serves as the hub for the many attractions of the tropical north including the Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage listed rainforests, aboriginal culture, tropical wildlife to mention a few.

The cruise terminal is located in the heart of the city and within eight kilometres of the international airport.

Queensland's nothernmost city, and a tourist mecca which serves as the hub for the many attractions of the tropical...

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