Visitors to historic Port Arthur can now arrive by the same means
as the settlements original convict inhabitants by
A $2 million high-speed catamaran, the MV Marana, has begun two-hour
cruises from Hobarts Derwent River to the picturesque setting
of Australias best-preserved convict settlement.
But instead of leg-irons and cells, todays visitor travels
in style. The state-of-the-art Marana is fast, quiet, airconditioned
and designed for minimal environmental impact.
Operated by Port Arthur Cruises, the new catamaran plots a course
along some of Australias most spectacular and rugged coastline,
including the towering cliffs of Cape Pillar and Tasman Island.
It offers an excellent chance of spotting the areas prolific
sealife, including dolphins, seals, seabirds and even the occasional
Nature guides provide expert commentary on the wildlife and seascape,
while tales of the areas history and exploration are related
as passengers enjoy views unchanged since the days of Cook, Bligh
The cruise operates Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with return
transport by luxury coach. Entry to the Port Arthur Historic Site
and morning tea are included in the price - $120 for adults, $85
for children, $99 for concession and $350 for a family of two
adults and two children.
The Marana also offers a two-hour Tasman Island Wilderness cruise
and a half-hour Convict Cemetery cruise, both from Port Arthur.
Tasmania is offering selection of short break packages, including
the Harbourside Hideaway in Hobart with two nights at Oakford
on the Pier, full breakfasts, Tasmanian hand-made chocolate truffles,
sparkling wine, Cleopatra's secret milk bath, Tasmanian pure lavender
oil and two days car hire, from $348 per person twin share.
The package is valid to September 20, 2002. For full details and
conditions contact Tourism Tasmania on 1800 003 363.
For information on Port Arthur Cruises visit www.portarthurcruises.com.au
or phone 1300 134 561.
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