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Ladies Bay

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  • Day371

    Port Arthur

    January 3 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Port Arthur war ein ehemaliges Gefängnis der englischen Krone in Tasmanien. Hier wurden vor allem Wiederholungstäter hingeschickt, gleich welchen Alters.

    Dieser Ort diente der Bestrafung, wenn man sich nicht an die Regeln hielt. Andererseits hatte dieser Ort etliche Menschen hervorgebracht, die noch als Sträflinge, zb an Bauvorhaben im ganzen Land beteiligt waren. Auch die Glocken der zugehörigen Kirche, ganz besonders in der Art der Herstellung, wurden von einem Gefangenen gegossen.

    Zum deportierten Gefangenen wurde man schnell. Wiederholt ein paar Kleidungsstücke gestohlen... zack und schon hatte man eine 5qm Zelle auf der anderen Seite der Welt ganz für sich. Lt einer Infotafel, hatte sich ein Mann damals sogar das Blaumachen von der Arbeit zu Schulde kommen lassen.

    Wir haben an einer sehr interessanten Führung und auch an einer kurzen Bootsfahrt teilgenommen.

    Auch haben wir die Remarkable Cave besucht und einen unfassbaren Ausblick gehabt.
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  • Day124

    Tasmanien (5)

    February 3, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Wir wandern zurück zum Auto und brechen gegen Mittag Richtung Port Arthur auf. Die Landschaft wechselt jetzt von Wald Richtung Wiesen. In Port Arthur besuchen wir zunächst die Remarkable Caves bevor wir an einer Nachtwanderung im historischen Port Arthur, das als britisches Gefängnis gebaut wurde, teilnehmen. Dieser Ort ist Nummer drei in Australien in Bezug auf paranormale Erscheinungen. Da wir keinen kostenlosen Campingplatz finden, bietet uns der Tourguide an, unser Zelt auf seiner Farm aufzuschlagen. Das Angebot nehmen wir gerne an.

    Auf der Wanderung lasse ich übrigens mein iPhone fallen und das Glas zerspringt in tausend Teile 😩
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  • Day48

    “Grind rogues into honest men”

    February 24, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    One of my main reasons to visit Tasmania was to learn about the history of it being a penal colony. So I booked a van shuttle to the Port Arthur Historic Site which was a 1 1/2 hour drive from Hobart. Tour companies use the tourist office just down the street from me as the main pick-up point so it was convenient. Tasmania is seeing strong growth in tourism which supports 17% of total employment. One day there were nearly 5,000 cruise passengers in town from two cruise ships. The place was hopping. I think because of the demand the tour companies are charging a lot for their tours. This company charged $60 for the shuttle ride to and from the historic site. There was no commentary as the driver’s microphone wasn’t working. Petrol averages $1.50 AUD a litre but I still saw this fare as excessive.

    The route to the site was on a narrow, two-lane winding road but our young driver, Maddie, seemed to have good driving skills. As we left the Hobart area the landscape changed to rolling hills, forests, and so many lakes....huge lakes. I saw cattle, horses, goats, llamas and two echidnas, but no kangaroos. We drove through the Tasman National Park which is popular for recreational activities like camping, hiking, boating and fishing. There is a well-known hike in this area called the Three Capes Track, a one-way 46 km track with overnight huts. The coastal area is rocky and rugged and looks beautiful in the photos. Two couples my age had just completed the track and were in our van returning to Hobart. They were loud and boisterous as they relived the experience. It was something I would have enjoyed doing.

    We arrived at Port Arthur at noon. The admission fee was $40 AUD and there was no discount for seniors unless you could prove AU or NZ residency. This included a 40 minute guided walking tour and a 30 minute harbour cruise to the Isle of the Dead cemetery and the boys prison. Our tour guide was a man from California and he was very entertaining, not the usual dry, fact-laden talk. The site was chosen because it was at the south point of the Tasman Peninsula making it difficult to escape from. It was established in 1830 and initially used male convicts to produce logs for government projects. In 1833 it became a punishment station for repeat offenders from all the colonies, including Canada. The youngest prisoner was 9 years old and one of the boys that Oliver Twist was based on was a resident at the Boys Prison. By 1840 more than 2000 convicts, soldiers and civil staff lived here. It all ended in 1853 and Port Arthur became an institution for aging and physically and mentally ill convicts. Some of the administrators believed in hard labour and punishment but later they introduced solitary confinement which broke a lot of the men. The settlement closed in 1877 and tourism began, becoming a World Heritage site in 2010. In 1996 a gunman took the lives of 35 people, wounding 19 others in and around the site, adding to the tragic history of Port Arthur. There are 11 sites across Australia that show the world’s first conscious attempt to build a new society on the labour of convicted prisoners. What a concept! Most Tasmanians today are descendants of these convicts.

    We had to return to the city at 4 o’clock so that really only allowed about 2 hours to independently tour the buildings. I made it to most of them but not all. It was a pricey but fascinating day.
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  • Day539

    Port Arthur

    February 28, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Make bad guys, good guys. That was the task of the rehabilitation center(or prison, as people would call it!). A pretty impressive institution. I also fell like that fulfills my cultural responsibility as well.

    Straftäter durch harte Arbeit wieder zu guten Menschen zu machen, dass war die Aufgabe von Port Arthur (eine Art Gefängnis), eine beeindruckende Einrichtung.
    Ich konnte auch Fußketten und eine Dunkelzelle ausprobieren. Ich glaube damit erfülle ich auch meine kulturellen Pflichten in Tasmanien!
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  • Day361

    Port Arthur ~ Tasmania

    October 29, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Spent Leanne’s birthday in Port Arthur which was a prison for British and Irish criminals in the 19th century. On the way back we had a quick stop off at Pirate’s bay where we saw a quick glimpse of a whale in the bay!Read more

  • Day15

    Port Arthur

    October 21, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Tony se z prace osvobodil nebyvale brzy, takze uz po druhe jsme nabrali kurz Tasman Peninsula a ve 4 vstoupili na pudu nejznamejsi kolonialni veznice v Australii.
    Port Arthur otevreli ve 30. letech 19. stoleti a zrusili ho o 40 let pozdeji. V dobach jeho nejvetsi slavy tu v jeden okamzik bylo "ubytovano" pres 2000 trestancu, za dobu jeho existence pres 160 000 lidi. Tresty od 7 let az po nadozivoti. Uprchnout temer nemozno, v nejuzsim miste - Eaglehawk Neck - ma poloostrov jen asi 50 m a strezila ho tu smecka neuprosnych hafanu (Jednou se pry kdosi pokusil utect obleceny v klokani kozesine, ale na heho jeden z vojaku namiril zbran s vidinou chutne vecere, radeji se prozradil. Ale myslenka dobra ;-).)
    Pruvodce Andrew nebyl z nejzabavnejsich, ale vydrzeli jsme s nim az do konce uvodni prohlidky (v cene 37$ vstupneho) a pak se jali prozkoumavat ruiny starych cel, samotek, kostela...
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  • Day16

    Port Arthur

    October 22, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    ...a po noci stravene u prijemneho ohne v ne az tak prijemnem kempu v F. Bay jsme Port Arthur prozkoumavali dal. Domy strazcu, kaplana, doktora... a v 11 hod. se na veznici podivali z oceanu z paluby trajektu (opet v cene).
    Pristav je pry hlubsi nez Rotterdam (moc se mi tomu nechce verit, ale budiz :-/) a kdyby byl na jinem miste, s nakladnimi lodemi by se tu udajne dvere netrhly. A jsou tu zraloci. A obcas tu zahlidnou i velryby.
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  • Day2

    Port Arthur

    February 22, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Today we took the highway out of Hobart heading north to Port Arthur. Despite what you might think Hobart traffic can be quite bad and there was a lovely traffic jam of cars heading into the City, luckily we were heading in the other direction.

    We are trying to take more scenic roads where time allows so we took the coastal road past some amazing scenery with smooth water and big trees. At the entrance to the Port Arthur peninsula there are some interesting rock formations called the Tessellated Pavement, a blow hole, Tasman Arch, and The Devils Kitchen. See some photos below.

    After that it was on to Port Arthur itself.

    Port Arthur is really well set up and a great place to spend a day. The buildings are amazing and the history fascinating. We had a 20 min boat cruise followed by a 40 min walking tour of the main points. The buildings have been well restored where possible and where not what’s left has been well preserved.

    Essentially Port Arthur was a very unpleasant place to be for everyone, prisoner as gaoler alike. Very remote and inhospitable with tough conditions.

    Its more recent history has been tastefully recognised as well.

    After hanging out at Port Arthur for most of the day we headed back to Sorrell and then North to our accommodation for the next couple of nights, Hamptons on the Bay just near Swansea.

    Tomorrow we are visiting Freycinet National Park.
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