Southern Experiences

Port Arthur Historic Site - McHenry Distillery - Tessellated Pavement & Bangor Vineyard Shed & Cellar Door Wine & Oyster Matching

Departs 9:00am Hobart - $165.00pp (A) & $99.00pp (C) (12y-17y)

Mondays Only


McHenry Distillery. The southernmost distillery in the world and the classic gin here, one of the first ones.

McHenry Distillery. The southernmost distillery in the world and the classic gin here, one of the first ones.

Tour Overview

This is a fantastic tour for families as well as having easy mobility requirements & activities suitable for all ages & we can organise wheelchair accessible transportation if required. Enjoy some of the local classic attractions & icons that Tasmania has & over a well-planned day.

Gin is just seriously all the craze right at the Moment!! who cares about whisky right? well the people at McHenry Distillery still do, they are just really well known for their gin, being one of the original people a number of years ago to start making gin in a big way. Our director was one of the first to put Bill’s gin on a wine list in Hobart. It’s the most Southern Distillery in the world, the air is crisp, the gin textured & fragrant - but there is so much more here to explore. Damson Plum anyone??

Port Arthur Historic Site. Well when you have a reference quote as ‘a machine to grind rogues honest’ that’s not going to end well for the people that were sent there. It was most definitely harsh, but what about the quality of the boats they made to rival professional shipwrights which you see out on the included harbour cruise.

Take a guided tour around Port Arthur Historic site to enjoy the best information & local stories.

Take a guided tour around Port Arthur Historic site to enjoy the best information & local stories.

Walk off the harbour cruise to see where the boys prison was on the other side of the bay at Port Arthur.

Walk off the harbour cruise to see where the boys prison was on the other side of the bay at Port Arthur.

Sitting on the banks enjoying the view out over the bay below the commandants quarters.

Sitting on the banks enjoying the view out over the bay below the commandants quarters.

Your time here is self-guided, with guided walking tours running on the hour (included in the tour) with other hour departures times for the harbour cruise. There’s lots to see. Make your own decisions lest you end up permanently in one of the no light cells!! (Lunch is at guest own expense) The cafeteria offers a great range of options for you to choose from.

The government gardens at Port Arthur Historic Site. And some people trying to figure out where to go!!

The government gardens at Port Arthur Historic Site. And some people trying to figure out where to go!!

Convict Ruins at Port Arthur Historic Site.

Convict Ruins at Port Arthur Historic Site.

An aerial view of the penninatray (the structure where the common convicts were housed)

An aerial view of the penninatray (the structure where the common convicts were housed)

Walking the government garden paths at Port Arthur Historic Site.

Walking the government garden paths at Port Arthur Historic Site.

We have a short stop at either the Tessellated Pavement or the Eaglehawk Neck Blowhole. (Interchangeable with the Tessellated Pavement) One the most active blowholes to be found in the south of Tasmania, this blowhole is famous for the large swells that come pounding in straight from the Southern Ocean. It can be quite exhilarating to watch the sheer force of mother nature throw itself against the rock in an effortless battle to wear it away. There is also a fantastic short walk up to a lookout overlooking the Southern Ocean, which is a great place for a photo. A jacket is recommended if you want to take this walk. Stop off on you way back to sample some of the famous ice-cream from the DOO-liihus food van that is here seasonally. 

The tessellated pavement - a natural phenomenon that only happens in a few parts of the world.

The tessellated pavement - a natural phenomenon that only happens in a few parts of the world.

(Interchangeable with the Blowhole) The Tessellated Pavement is something that is unique in the world. It is a phenomenon that only happens in a few places worldwide, and as such is a great place for a family picture or a couple of selfies. It has a mosaic like formation where the saltwater has eroded the rock to form these small crater-like squares, hence forming a ‘mosaic’ like pattern, in reference to the Roman mosaic floors that were common in that era. 

With what would be a welcome stretch after all that way, we stop at Bangor Vineyard Shed. This is where we get to have a fantastic tasting of not just local Tasmanian cool climate wine, but experience some of the best o & fresh oysters you will find. The wine is delicious & produced on the property from the vines right in front of where you sit as are the oysters from just nearby. The oysters come several different ways including natural, but if you are not wanting to we can organise a hot drink or just some wine to enjoy.

Bangor Vineyard Shed. Enjoying some oysters & wine together to understand the concepts of food & wine matching

Bangor Vineyard Shed. Enjoying some oysters & wine together to understand the concepts of food & wine matching

Fresh, local oysters at Bangor Vineyard Shed. Just so good.

Fresh, local oysters at Bangor Vineyard Shed. Just so good.

Arriving back into Hobart after a wonderful day of convict heritage, pristine & complex local gin & maybe a whisky or 2, fresh as you get oysters matched to local wines, in a luxury vehicle no less, we have we hope given you a fantastic tour of the Southern Tasmanian Peninsula & we did not leave you locked in a cell at Port Arthur accidentally!!

McHenry Distillery 2. Port Arthur Historic Site 3. Tessellated Pavement or Eaglehawk Neck Blowhole 4. Bangor Vineyard Shed Wine & Oyster matched plate


Where to meet: 8:50am Brooke St Pier, Franklin Wharf, Hobart. Your vehicle will be waiting outside & your guide will meet you at the front of the steps.

If you have arranged hotel pickup - please be ready in the lobby of your hotel 10 mins before the pickup time.

What to bring: Please dress appropriately the tour, as Hobarts weather can change dramatically over the course of the day. Please ensure you have a warm jacket or similar, comfortable shoes with a good grip & of course don’t forget to bring your phone for pics & videos of the great day.


Tour Inclusions: All fees & taxes, Our Coach Partner has 10+ years of Luxury Experiences & Touring, Complimentary Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off, Chilled Bottled Still Water on board, Spacious feet areas & leather or cloth high backed reclining seats, Luxury Coach / Van, Reputable & locally experienced coach driver, Excellent wide spaced panoramic windows + curtains, Air-conditioned vehicle, Private transportation, Contact Directly for wheelchair accessible transportation


Tour Exclusions: Lunch (see below)

Tour Food: Lunch to be purchased at guests own expense. This can be done from the new Port Arthur Historic Centre Cafe. Expect $10-30