Basic Student Package

Basic Student Package

School groups visiting the Site can start with our Basic Student Package. This includes:

  • Entry to the site for two consecutive days
  • Access to over 30 historic buildings, ruins and gardens
  • A Guided Education Walking Tour
  • A 30 minute Harbour Cruise
  • A map of the site and a ‘convict card’ to use in our interactive Lottery of Life interpretation gallery.

(Cost: $11 per student, one staff member at no cost per 10 students/additional staff members at student rate)

Guided Walking Tour

There are three options for Guided Education Walks included in the Basic Package:

  • Guided Walk for Primary Students (50 minutes)
  • Guided Walk for Secondary Students (50 minutes)
  • ‘Making a Better World?’ Guided Walk for the Year 9 Curriculum (90 minutes)

The Guided Education Walk (Primary and Secondary)

This tour takes students through several locations on site where they will hear stories of life in the convict settlement, and will consider whether Port Arthur was a place of punishment, reform or both. This is an interactive tour on which students will be encouraged to discover the answers to some key questions, while also posing some questions of their own. The stops included on the Education Guided Walk are the Penitentiary Precinct, the Military Precinct and the Separate Prison. Alternative locations can be substituted for special requests. Please see the list below of Education Guided Walk Stop Descriptions or Contact the Education Officer to discuss your areas of interest.

‘Making a Better World?’ Guided Walk for the Year Nine Curriculum

This specialised tour has been developed in line with the Australian Curriculum for Year Nine History. On this tour students will discover the significance of the Port Arthur Convict Settlement through examining its three main phases as a timber-getting station, secondary punishment station under the assignment system, and under the probation system.  It is strongly recommended that students undertake some study of this history prior to undertaking this tour. This can be achieved through study of the Year Nine History Curriculum, or through the pre-visit learning activities provided in the Year Nine Program Guide. See the Resources page for the Program Guide and associated resources.


For information on all of our educational offerings at Port Arthur, see the optional tours, optional activities and self-guided activities pages.