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Sarah Island

Macquarie Harbor, Tasmania, Australia
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Now strictly a tourist attraction, this island was used as a penal colony from January 1822-1833.
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Macquarie Harbor, Tasmania, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to Sarah Island as part of the Gordon River Cruise. When we arrived at the island, we were greeted be our tour guide, Janelle. Some people choose to wander the island without a guide, which was also an option, but the tour was...More

Thank rhubarb2016
Reviewed 7 June 2017

The day after arriving at Strahan we boarded the Gordon River Cruise and enjoyed views of Hell’s Gates, salmon farms, historic timber sites and Australia’s temperate rain forests. The final stop is visiting Sarah Island. Once the catamaran docked at the former site of Macquarie...More

Thank ToolsofTravel
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Sarah Island is the second oldest convict settlement in Australia and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site designated in 2010. Upon stepping off the pier, we were greeted by Ingrid, who proceeded to enlighten us about Sarah Island's rather dark history. Ingrid was fantastic!...More

Thank Keith-B-Robinson
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Set us on sarah island for a guided tour .the young man jason was doing a great job when his boss kia decided to belittle him in front of us all making all on the tour feel for the young man .suggest this woman does...More

4  Thank markodi
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Our guide brought the history of Sarah Island to life, the hardship the prisioners endired and how they fought back. Well worth the time to explore this cornmer of Australia

Thank Dave P
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Went on walking tour with a group from the "Harbor Master" Ingrid, our guide, gave a great commentary. It was both informative and witty. We really enjoyed it.

Thank Carl C
Reviewed 21 March 2016

All that is left is ruins but our Guide brought to life what it was like to be a convict living on Sarah island. She was excellent and involved members of our group in her commentary and description of some of the people who lived...More

1  Thank Joan0452013
Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

The best think we did on our trip. Had a fantastic guide who brought the whole convict years to life for us . Thoroughly recommend for any history buffs.

2  Thank Pam R
Reviewed 5 December 2015

We had a great cruise all day - Macquarie Harbour, Gordon River (with a viewing of the salmon and other fish farms), then to Sarah Island. We disembarked there and went on a very good guided tour. Lots of information about the convicts and early...More

3  Thank Jeanette M
Reviewed 10 October 2015

As the day broke over the Strahan and the fog started to lift off the harbour to reveal what would turn out to be a day we all enjoyed as part of our Gordon River Cruise due to the fog our skipper decided to visit...More

Thank Graham W
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