Tourism TAS welcomes Norfolk Bay Convict Station in Taranna, for all your accommodation and travel needs, book your holiday today.The Norfolk Bay Convict Station is a convict built home in Taranna, ten km north of Port Arthur. This historic home has five bedrooms, all with bathroom, television, and refrigerator. Enjoy our hearty continental breakfast of home made bread, jams and local produce. You can indulge and relax in our guest massage chair, or enjoy a glass of Tasmanian wine or beer in front of the wood fire in the cosy sitting room, in the garden or on the verandas overlooking tranquil Norfolk Bay. There is a comprehensive library, and we offer business facilities and internet access for our guests. Norfolk Bay Convict Station was built to service Australia's first convict railway station and had a pivotal part of the Tasman Peninsula's history. The train had the dubious reputation of being the only human powered one in Australia, and carried goods from Norfolk Bay to Port Arthur convict prison - seven kilometres away. The Tasman Peninsula is famous for its 300 metre (1,000 foot) sea cliffs, walking tracks, boat trips, diving, and local vineyards. There are number of good local restaurants, and you can kayak, play golf, or try fishing from the pier.
4.4 based on 5 reviews
This location has quite the opportunity to provide an amazing B&B service that is not being adequately maintained nor is it being presented in an appealing way. The reviews on multiple sites do not accurately reflect the facility yet in saying this, we did not have that much of an issue with our stay, generally speaking. We stayed just the one night in the Garden Room. This property is in a stunning location with extensive historical relevance. The exterior of the property appears to be desperate for basic maintenance, gardening and cleaning. The interior smells musty and smokey. This is most likely attributed to very old carpet, lack of cobweb removal and dusting, old linens and curtains and a host who is clearly a heavy smoker, the smell of which penetrates all rooms. The potential of this property to improve in cleanliness and general appeal is very apparent. It would require minimal investment to improve the property's appeal and have it closer reflect the reviews provided on multiple platforms. Our room was tidy with very old furniture and bedding (most likely matresses too). It was quite dusty with a musty smell to it. There were numerous spiders and cobwebs around. The shower randomly went very hot whilst in it. Almost to scolding point. The bed cover was reminiscent of a thrift shop find that most would only use as outside animal bedding or rags. The sheets were flannelette in summer time and didn't feel clean at all. There was some form of tied up netting hanging over the main bed of the garden room which looked as though it would fall open at any minute and cover the bed occupants in bugs and dust. Most of which were clearly visible whilst laying on the bed. We chose to turn off the lights and just not look up. The experience of staying in a historical location such as this was the main positive from our stay. Would only recommend this location if improvements were made to cleanliness and presentation or the price was lowered. The fresh morning bread and host's historical knowledge of the property and surrounding area were the only 4+ star worthy attributes of our stay here.
Wonderful owners at the ideal location to explore this beautiful Tasman peninsula. Happy to help arrange tours. Also sell home canned goods as well as wines. They make fresh bread every morning for breakfast. Definitely recommend this location to all travelers.
Norfolk Bay Convict Station has some interesting information on why Australia is called the land down under?
Australia is known as 'the land Down Under' for its position in the southern hemisphere. The discovery of Australia began when European explorers searched for land under the continent of Asia. Before Australia was discovered, it was known as Terra Australis Incognita the unknown southern land.
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