Isle of the Dead Cemetery Tour


The Tour

The Isle of the Dead tour gives you a fascinating insight into the lives and deaths of some of Port Arthur’s past residents. The tiny island cemetery holds the remains of over 1000 people; convict and free.

Join a guided tour to the island to hear the personal stories of convicts transported half way around the world, the soldiers who gave their lives to guard the prison, the men in positions of responsibility, and the families who followed them to the ends of the earth.

The History

Between 1833 and 1877 over 1000 people were buried on the Isle of the Dead.  The island has two distinct burial sections; with convicts buried largely in unmarked graves on the low southern end, and the free and military burials marked by headstones up on the high northern end.

After 1850, some of the convicts ended up with headstones.

Among the many soldiers buried on the Isle of the Dead is Private Robert Young, see his story here.

Mark Jeffrey, convict gravedigger, Isle of the Dead,

The Details

The tour departs several times daily except Christmas Day, and are subject to availability.

  • The Isle of the Dead tour is conducted outdoors. There are no facilities or shelters on the island, so come prepared for all weather.
  • Allow one hour return.
  • This is an optional tour, requiring an additional entry ticket. Tickets can be purchased as part of Site Entry either online, at our Visitor Centre or from on board the harbour cruise.

Current tour times and prices

Be Prepared


Our tours to the Isle of the Dead and Point Puer Boys’ Prison are not recommended for those with mobility restrictions. Please refer to our Accessibility page for further information.