Armchair Travel: Port Arthur Tasmania

This week’s photos were taken by Naomi on a trip to Port Arthur a couple of years ago. I have not visited there since 1998 and it is very different now to when I last saw it.

Port Arthur was the site of a notorious prison and the ruins are now a major tourist attraction in Tasmania. It is an important part of Australia’s early history. I have included some links at the end of this post for those of you who would like to learn more.

House at Port Arthur
Port Arthur photo by Naomi
A model of Port Arthur Historic Site. This was made to show how it looked originally. Many buildings were destroyed in bushfires.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. we went there back in 2018, it was a great day, but there were so many people and there is such a large area to cover. There were so many people jammed into that little boat/ferry to the island we never got in, WAY too many people for my comfort. Thank goodness the customer service shuttle was running, by the end of the day my feet were so sore I needed a ride back to the visitors centre

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