Remarkable Cave, Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia

Heading west some 500 metres from the entrance to the Port Arthur Historic Site along Nubeena Road there is a left turn that leads to a veritable feast of sights to see. The sign reads: ‘Remarkable Cave’.

Passing behind the historic site the road meanders past peaceful Carnarvon Bay, with its old wooden jetties and fishing boats moored offshore, to the turnoff to the poignant remains of Point Puer; the British Empire’s first boys’ prison.

Here, boys as young as nine years of age lived and worked separate to the older prisoners at Port Arthur. They had to work hard and were often badly treated; however the boys were given some basic education.

Sufficient ruins remain to warrant the short drive to the gate that provides free pedestrian access to Point Puer.

The crumbling walls pose a haunting and stark reminder of the suffering the boys must have endured here. The site also gives close up views of The Isle of the Dead, with Port Arthur in the distance.

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