What was once a convict station is now a gorgeous b&b in Tasmania's Taranna.
In 1830, Port Arthur was a timber settlement, but in 1833 it was converted to a men's prison settlement. It was soon discovered that sailing from Hobart around the southern side of the Tasman Peninsula was a difficult way to reach Port Arthur, so the main port was built on the northern side.
This was Norfolk Bay Convict Station. The Commissary lived and worked there, receiving and distributing food and goods for the prison settlement from ships and Australia's first railway, which was convict-built. No evidence of it remains today.
Port Arthur ceased to be a prison settlement in 1877 and the peninsula was opened to general settlement. The Station became the Tasman Inn, the peninsula's first pub and post office.
It was purchased in 1910 by the local sawmill manager as a home for his family. He relinquished the liquor licence and broke every bottle and glass, some of which remains today in the sheltered bay. One of his daughters was postmistress there for more than 40 years. It then became an antique dealer's shop, and later a b&b. The current owners purchased it about three years ago.
Dot and Mike Evans moved to Norfolk Bay and offer accommodation of five rooms with bath facilities. The building's layout hasn't been changed much and each room is individual. They have a mix of comfortable furniture, some antiques and interesting quilts.
The half a hectare of grounds have colourful, manicured cottage gardens. The new Tasman National Park is an attraction for visitors, and there is plenty of scope for bushwalking, sea kayaking and scuba diving.
Taranna, an hour from Hobart.
Norfolk Bay Convict Station accommodation starts at $140 a double a night. Breakfast is included.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Norfolk Bay Convict Station
RMB 5862 Arthur Highway
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