Queues have grown so long at Port Arthur Historic Site in recent years that a new visitor centre, designed to cope with the growing demand of visitors, has been developed and will officially open mid-December.
The new centre has been built on the same site but its footprint is around 30 per cent larger. There will be a large-scale interpretation gallery and exhibition space within the visitor centre that will capture the imagination and share never-before seen collections. It will be made available for exclusive hire for welcome receptions/cocktail functions for up to 120 people. The new restaurant will seat up to 80 diners and will also be made available for exclusive hire for meetings or dinners. The café area has also been extended and will now cater for 220 people, plus another 80 people in the outside area.
The Port Arthur Historical Site is considered by many as “the gold standard of heritage tourism” in Australia, having taken out numerous awards — including the best historical site in Australia. It also rates highly on the supernatural scale, having recently been named by 9Travel in the top 5 most haunted places in Australia – scoring 10/10!