Port Arthur is located approximately 100 kilometres (62 miles), south-east of Hobart, and is one of Australia’s most significant historic sites. Port Arthur offers a combination of genuine convict history, spectacular scenery and magnificent waterways. Port Arthur operated as a penal colony from the early 1830s up to 1877, catering for a wide range of convicts, from young boys to hardened criminals. These days, visitors to the Port Arthur Historic Site have access to a wide range of activties including 40 hectares of grounds, 30 buildings and ruins, interpretation centre, historical walking tours, harbour cruises, museums, role plays, audio visuals and much more. Evening Ghost Tours operate year round, trained guides give an insight into the mystery of Port Arthur as you explore the site by lantern light.