The historic Penitentiary originally housed convicts from 1830. Today it provides basic bunkhouse - style accommodation in 9 rooms with 6 beds and 1 room with 14 beds.
For all Penitentiary bookings Ph: 03 6256 4772
Fax: 03 62565070. Payment must be made in full at the time of booking. Ensure your ferry is available on your chosen dates prior to finalising your booking. Bookings can only be made 6 months prior to arrival. No bookings are required for camping. Please pay for camping at the Commissariat Store on arrival, cost is $7 per individual, $13.00 for 2 persons, $16 per family. Discounted winter rates apply.
Cost per 6 bed room in the Penitentiary is $44 for up to 2 adults and $10 per additional adult or $5 per additional child. Cost for the 14 bed room starts at $88 for up to 4 adults. If you are a family group a rate of $50 applies for 2 adults and 4 children (child 5 - 17yrs, infant 0 -4yrs free). Note that a family room no. 1-10 is the same room as a standard room no. 1-10. Discounted winter rates apply.
A special backpacker rate of $15 per adult and $7.50 per child will be offered only within 48 hrs of arrival if there is a space available and you are willing to share a room with other backpackers.
Each room has bunk beds with covered mattresses, a wood fired stove for heating and a table and seats. There is no power, running water or lighting in the rooms. You will need to bring your own camping gear as per the checklist below.
Toilets, rainwater tanks, a wash up area and a communal mess hall (with lighting, power and a kitchen including gas cookers and sinks) are adjacent to the penitentiary. Free gas BBQs, gas cookers and a sink plus $1 coin operated showers are situated behind the beach approx 150 m away.
Checklist of things to bring: bedding, cooking stove (if you prefer to cook in yor own room or tent), crockery & cutlery, all of your food requirements (there are no shops), torch or lantern, esky (optional). You can transport your gear in a trolley from the jetty to the Penitentiary, 500m away.
There are great tracks for walking and cycling. Bring your own bike or hire one for $20 including helmet to ride south to explore the isthmus. Climb Mt Bishop and Clerk and Mt Maria. Photograph the wildlife and heritage buildings. There is so much to do we recommend a stay of at least two nights to make the most of your trip.
For more information on the National Park Ph 036257 1420 or visit www.parks.tas.gov.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have finalised your booking please print out your booking voucher to give to Parks staff at the Commissariat Store near the jetty on arrival to the island.