Thursday, April 4, 2013

Australia Trip 2012 Part XIV - Port Arthur, Tasmania




We left Sorell fruit farm happily and drove towards our next destination, Port Arthur. Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula. The historic site was entered on the UNESCO World Heritage register in 2010 and is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant convict era sites in the world.

After a quick lunch at the café, we went on a guided tour around the historic site. The tour was a combination of rich history and scenic beauty. We were brought back in time to the convict era and followed with great interest the history of Port Arthur, from timber camp to industrial powerhouse and prison at the forefront of criminal reform methods. The lovely guide also shared with us many interesting stories about the lives of the different convicts - their background, crimes and how did they end up.

We did not have the chance to tour all the 30+ buildings and covered every corner of the beautiful site as it started to rain quite heavily with strong winds blowing. But I must say we enjoyed the educational tour very much especially for our primary school-aged children. Together with the fun activity booklets and games, the tour helped the children understood and enjoyed history as they explored the site.


















After the historic site tour, we visited the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park where the kids had the chance to come face to face with the "Devils" and lots of kangaroos. 

While they once roamed widely across Australia and on islands around the coast, the Tasmanian Devils are now found only on the island of Tasmania. Devils are meat eating marsupials and have very strong jaws capable of crushing large bones. Truly Devils!











We spent the night at the Ben's Beach Retreat in Port Arthur. The view in front of the cottage was simply amazing and the cottage itself was new and fully equipped.

Nestled between a beach, a forest, the ocean, a national park and Australia's profound Port Arthur Historic Site, this is truly a place to relax, recharge and rejuvenate. We should have stayed here longer.








38 comments:

  1. Ahhhhh!!!! They named a place after me. Muahahahaha!!!! I had an ex-classmate home for the reunion - he lives in Tasmania...and he said don't go there - better go to New Zealand, much nicer and more beautiful. Looks great in your photos though - maybe he does not welcome us.... Hehehehehehe!!!!!

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    1. Yes Arthur! You have a famous Port named after you! :D

      Sometimes, people do not appreciate what they have until it's gone... It happens to me too. Overseas friends and colleagues always tell me how beautiful, efficient and safe Singapore is but I do not think much about it. Until when I travel to other countries, had some bad experiences, then I could appreciate my country much better.

      Or he really doesn't welcome you! :D

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  2. Impressive and beautiful prison mansion! and gorgeous surroundings too! Maybe going to jail is not such a bad idea after all??!! Hmmmm, the convicts that era might have realized that too:)

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    1. Huh Annie! You don't want to go to jail no matter how beautiful the prison is, do you? :D

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  3. nice pics, chef! love the rickety bridge by the waters ^^

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  4. Such beautiful scenery! Love the blue colour in the last 4 pics, so cooling and soothing. I wonder if it was that beautiful when the convicts stepped foot there. But I guess they were locked up and not able to enjoy too much of the sights.

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    1. Yes, Phong Hong! Those were taken outside the house which we stayed for the night at Port Arthur. I was really mesmerized by the scenery and the cooling weather.

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  5. I love the wide open space and the gorgeous scenery ! Nice place to relax .... Where's the nearest mall ? lol

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  6. if the kuala lumpur pudu jail is still around, maybe it;s a good idea to go and visit too. Unfortunately it has been demolished. Devils...eesh...scary!!

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    1. Yes, Lena, although only the size of a small dog, the devil can sound and look incredibly fierce!

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  7. Love the beautiful scenery!!!!! Great shots, Chef Alvin :)

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    1. Thanks Esther! Are you busy with all the corn recipes? :D

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  8. I enjoyed looking through all your photos. Beautiful shots! Makes me want to go to Tasmania too!

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    1. Hi Fern! It should be quite near and easy for you and your family to visit Tasmania!

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  9. Boo for the rain but my gosh, the views are spectacular, Chef! I hope to visit many places like this in my future...until then, my back yard view will have to suffice, lol...wishing you and yours a very happy weekend!!! XO

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    1. Thanks Angela! There are indeed many checkboxes of places to visit in everyone's bucket list...

      You have a great weekend too!

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  10. Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip with us...your photos are breathtaking. Not so sure I'd want to run into a Tasmanian devil...yikes!

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    1. No problem and Thank You so much Lizzy!

      :D

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  11. Oh, this place is so beautiful, hopefully we can visit here one day..Thanks for sharing bro!

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    1. Hi Chi! You should bring your family there one day... Nice!

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  12. really enjoying your travel logs, though more than just slightly jealous of the gorgeous blue sky and sun. it's absolutely freezing here in london! it snowed a coupek of days back. IN BLOODY APRIL . :(

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    1. Thanks Shu Han! April snow in London?! Weird weather...

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  13. Alvin, you always take the most beautiful pictures and I love what you've shared with us!
    Have a wonderful Sunday :)

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  14. Alvin,
    Lovely beautiful natural scenery!
    Your pictures are always taken so gorgeously..:D
    mui

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  15. Stunning pictures, interesting travel writing!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Daniela! Thanks for visiting my blog and I like the recipes on your blog!

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  16. Hi Alvin, Port Arthur is so scenic. In a way it reminds me of Scotland (Hubby's hometown).

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  17. Kangaroos!! My kids would be so happy seeing them in person! My friend just visited Australia during the spring break and I cannot wait for her to share some pictures. I always want to visit and it's nice to see some places thanks to your posts!

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    1. No problem, Nami! I know it's quite a distance for you to fly from California to Australia... Hope my travel posts help you to understand the place better...

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  18. Hi Alvin, thank for the tour. Very beautiful scenery and excellent pictures.
    Your photography skill is superb. Best regards.

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  19. For a second, I thought you are based in Australia. :D I've never been to Tasmania (even though I live in OZ), but would be so lovely if I can go there during the summer time. Thanks for sharing your photos. It's very nice!

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  20. Tasmania, one of the most beautiful places on the earth. Thanks for this lovely pictures of Tasmania.

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