Well our original Australia day plans did not go as planned. Initially we had intended to stay home, have a BBQ and listen to some good Aussie rock. But we decided instead, to go and spend some time at Port Arthur.
This choice was quite a fitting and enjoyable one. We had a lot of fun at Port Arthur and enjoyed the fine weather. The children also had fun following the journey of their convict as they roamed around the site and read lots of information.
During the summer holidays (and at other times throughout the year), Port Arthur has many hands on activities happening around the place.
This year they had the following hands on activities happening (and many more) when we visited on Australia Day…
- A series of three Historical Plays – The Man Who Threw a Stone, The Shingle Strike and A Boy’s Life
- Carved in Stone: the stonemasons who built Port Arthur
- Port Arthur Beneath Your Feet
- Unearthed! Archaeology at Port Arthur
- Gardens of Exile
- Discover Port Arthur’s Furry and Feathered Fiends
- A 30 minute harbour cruise aboard the MV Marana
We enjoyed the Harbour Cruise, one of the historical plays and the beneath your feet archaeology at Port Arthur as well as roaming around the grounds looking at all the historical buildings and reading all the information provided.
We would have loved to have been able to see all three of the plays. The children especially, as they very much enjoyed ‘The Shingle Strike‘ and asked to see more of the plays. With so much to see and do at Port Arthur we did not get time to do everything even though we arrived at 10.30 and and never left until well after 7pm. It is amazing, but no matter how many times we go there we are always able to find something new and interesting to see and do, just like this time when we learnt about the young convict Leonard Hand
We have promised though – to return next time DJ is staying with us, so that we can experience more of Port Arthur and what it has to offer and hopefully see some more plays, join in some more activities and also go on the Ghost Tour, which the children also asked about so so so many times, throughout the day.
Thankfully we purchased a ‘Ticket of Leave‘ so can return as many times as we like over the next 2 years without paying again!