I have just returned home after a few days playing tourist and exploring parts of our island that I hadn’t visited for many years. The first stop was the Tasman Peninsula with its spectacular coastal scenery.
The Port Arthur Historic Site is at the southern end of the Tasman Peninsula. Port Arthur was a former convict settlement from 1833 to 1853 and is one of 11 Australian Convicts Sites World Heritage properties.
It was considered the perfect location for prisoners as it is a secure site , surrounded by water on a 30 metre isthmus named Eaglehawk Neck that was fenced and guarded by soldiers, man traps and guard dogs.
Despite its grim history , Port Arthur is a fascinating place to visit with its somewhat eerie beauty.
This garden leading to the ruins of the convict church has been recreated using plants that would have been in the original garden , including many historic roses.
This is the Guard Tower , walking through the site one can only imagine what life would have been like for both the prisoners and the guards.
Port Arthur had also seen tragedy in recent times. On April 28th., 1996 it was the scene of a mass shooting,
taking place in the cafe and other spots in the area. Sadly 35 people were killed that day and many more wounded. This sparked a rethink of our gun laws and semi-automatic guns and rifles are now illegal .
There is a beautiful memorial garden encompassing the site of the cafe.
Casual comfort was the order of the day , black pants and top with my Paula Ryan bronze jacket for warmth.As eagle eyed readers would note I started out wearing my red velvet cap but some rain and stronger winds forced a change.
Do you enjoy playing tourist in your own back yard?
Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.