Dec 16, 2016

Echoes of the past

Tasmania’s fascinating convict past comes to life on Scenic’s 13 Day Ultimate Tasmania tour.

With some of the most pristine wilderness in the world, world-class museums and delicious gourmet produce, every second on this little southern island is a revelation. Everywhere you look, the reminders of Tasmania’s rich convict history can be found.

Over 70,000 convicts were transported in the early 1800s to what was then known as Van Diemen’s Land. Enduring extreme conditions, these men, women and children laboured to construct much of what still stands today. With five World Heritage-listed convict sites across the island, there’s much to discover.

A new Scenic Enrich experience for 2017 will be a guided tour of the convict town of Ross. Considered by many to be the finest 19th century village in the country, wander the cobblestone paths and marvel at Ross Bridge. The third oldest bridge in Australia, its exquisite carvings earned its convict stonemasons a free pardon.

The shadowy and complex history of Port Arthur contrasts with the brightness of its natural beauty. Established in 1830, it was regarded as one of the most brutal convict prisons in the world. Time at Port Arthur is undoubtedly a solemn experience yet one that is ultimately incredibly rewarding.

The Coal River Valley town of Richmond offers up even more about the island’s convict past.

You’ll come across over 50 Georgian buildings and walk across Australia’s oldest bridge, the Richmond Bridge. Take in Richmond Gaol, also the oldest in Australia and stand before St Johns, the oldest remaining Catholic Church in the country.


With some of the best-kept records of convict history anywhere in the world, maybe an ancestor or two of yours might be revealed during your time in this extraordinary part of Australia.

As well as unearthing these convict gems, Scenic guests will discover Salamanca Point, MONA’s amazing art and the brewing empire of Cascade Brewery. You’ll also visit the Franklin-Gordon River, Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park and Freycinet National Park. A visit to Tasmania is always a treat for the senses.