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Take the Convicts’ Route
to Port Arthur in Style (Tasmania)
(April 24, 2002)

Visitors to historic Port Arthur can now arrive by the same means as the settlement’s original convict inhabitants – by sea.

A $2 million high-speed catamaran, the MV Marana, has begun two-hour cruises from Hobart’s Derwent River to the picturesque setting of Australia’s best-preserved convict settlement.

But instead of leg-irons and cells, today’s visitor travels in style. The state-of-the-art Marana is fast, quiet, airconditioned and designed for minimal environmental impact.

Operated by Port Arthur Cruises, the new catamaran plots a course along some of Australia’s most spectacular and rugged coastline, including the towering cliffs of Cape Pillar and Tasman Island.

It offers an excellent chance of spotting the area’s prolific sealife, including dolphins, seals, seabirds and even the occasional whale.

Nature guides provide expert commentary on the wildlife and seascape, while tales of the area’s history and exploration are related as passengers enjoy views unchanged since the days of Cook, Bligh and Baudin.

The cruise operates Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with return transport by luxury coach. Entry to the Port Arthur Historic Site and morning tea are included in the price - $120 for adults, $85 for children, $99 for concession and $350 for a family of two adults and two children.

The Marana also offers a two-hour Tasman Island Wilderness cruise and a half-hour Convict Cemetery cruise, both from Port Arthur.

Tasmania is offering selection of short break packages, including the Harbourside Hideaway in Hobart with two nights at Oakford on the Pier, full breakfasts, Tasmanian hand-made chocolate truffles, sparkling wine, Cleopatra's secret milk bath, Tasmanian pure lavender oil and two days’ car hire, from $348 per person twin share. The package is valid to September 20, 2002. For full details and conditions contact Tourism Tasmania on 1800 003 363.

For information on Port Arthur Cruises visit www.portarthurcruises.com.au or phone 1300 134 561.

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