The Port Arthur Historic Sites are places of national and international significance. The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority Act 1987 is designed to ensure the protection and conservation of these Sites.

The Act details the Authority’s powers and the responsibilities of visitors in relation to standards of behaviour and care and management of the Sites.

All visitors and activities within the Port Arthur Historic Sites are subject to and must comply with the Act.

Conditions of Entry

  • The ticket holder agrees that whilst at Port Arthur Historic Sites he/she shall:
  • act only in a lawful manner;
  • comply with all lawful demands, directions and requests given by Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) employees, servants and/or agents;
  • exercise all due care and control for own safety and for that of their family members under their control or supervision.

PAHSMA retains to the right to deny access and/or eject visitors who are being a public nuisance, acting recklessly or failing to observe directions from signage or PAHSMA staff.

PAHSMA, its employees and agents shall not be liable, either in contract or for negligence, for any injury loss or damage, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, arising out of or caused by the condition of the land, any building or structure within the site, any natural or other hazard, or by any activity on the site.

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is a smoke free site. Smoking is only permitted beyond 3 metres of the entrance.

Alcohol is not permitted on any tours. Visitors who are under the influence of alcohol will be asked to leave the Site.

Children must be accompanied by an adult who shall be solely responsible for their care and conduct whilst on Site.

Ticket Refunds

Refunding tickets that have been purchased:
Up to 48 hours prior to visit date, PAHSMA retains a fee of 25% of the ticket cost.
With less than 48 hours notice, no refund is available.

Cancellation of Group Reservations

All group reservations for site entry and/or tours must be accepted and confirmed by PAHSMA.
All cancellations must be in writing.
Up to 48 hours prior to visit date, no cancellation fee is charged.
With less than 48 hours notice, a fee of 10% of the last confirmed price will be charged.

Reduction in numbers of Group Reservations

All reductions in numbers must be advised 48 hours prior to visit date.
With less than 48 hours notice, a fee of 10% of the cancelled tickets cost will be charged.

Refund – Site Closure

In the unlikely event that the Site or part of the Site is closed, Management will make a decision on any refund based on the duration of the closure.

Definition of Ticket Types

Family: 2 adults and up to 6 children

Child: 7 to 17 inclusive (Infants 6 years and under enter free of charge)

Concession: Holder of a valid Australian senior, health or pension card (Proof must be provided on arrival)

Student: Holder of a valid Australian full-time student card (Proof must be provided on arrival)

Photography and filming

The Port Arthur Historic Sites are among Australia’s most popular and scenic heritage attractions. These are places of exceptional beauty and our visitors are welcome to take photographs and make audio and video recordings at the Sites for their own use and to share with family and friends.

Any commercial production requires written approval and is subject to PAHSMA’s Filming and Photography Guidelines, which are incorporated in the application form here.  A commercial production refers to photographs or recordings undertaken professionally or for a financial consideration, either on consignment for another party, or with a view to selling or hiring the imagery obtained, or for the promotion of a product or service. This permission must be obtained prior to any photography or filming taking place.

For more information, please contact us.


Personal information collected for the purpose of making bookings or purchasing tickets will remain confidential and will only be used by PAHSMA for the purpose of the booking or the purchase of tickets. Please refer to PAHSMA’s Personal Information Protection Policy.