Port Arthur is located about 60 miles south east of the state capital, Hobart, on the Tasman Peninsula. The scenic drive from Hobart, via the Tasman Highway to Sorell and the Arthur Highway to Port Arthur, takes around 90 minutes. Transport from Hobart to the site is also available via bus or ferry, and various companies offer day tours from Hobart.
“Set up on the beach just south of the Port Arthur, and the sky is so great you will see the Large and Small Megallanic Clouds with the naked eye. Even a small travel telescope is filled to the brim with galactic wonders. Just point up at the spectacular Milky Way overhead and be awed. Tasmania also has a very active and generous Astronomical Society.”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!