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Address: Macquarie Harbor, Tasmania, Australia
Description: Now strictly a tourist attraction, this island was used as a penal colony...
Now strictly a tourist attraction, this island was used as a penal colony from January 1822-1833.
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Gordon River Cruise from Strahan
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The Highlight of our Macquarie Harbour Cruise

We visited Sarah Island as part of our cruise with World Heritage Cruises. However both cruise companies, out of Strahan, have basically the same itinerary so going with either... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Terrigal, Australia

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Terrigal, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We visited Sarah Island as part of our cruise with World Heritage Cruises. However both cruise companies, out of Strahan, have basically the same itinerary so going with either will provide the opportunity to visit this historic penal settlement. Our guide, Kaia Davey, provided a very informative, educational and theatrical presentation, which included some impromptu role-play with us tourists. Whilst... More 

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Albury, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We went to Sarah island as part of the World Heritage cruise and loved it!! So much history especially after you've visited Port Arthur. So interesting with loads of history - well worth a visit

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We went on a cruise in Macquarie Harbour, through the heads into the Southern Ocean, along the Gordon River and to Sarah Island. Great lunch on board the boat! Our guide on Sarah Island, Reuben, was amazing- so animated and full of knowledge- very passionate about the history of the area. He's a huge credit to Strahan and the company... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A great cruise on Lady Jane Franklyn. Saw salmon farms, approached Hells Gates, cruised the Gordon River in the magnificent wilderness area where the vegetation and majestic trees hug the shoreline. Enjoyed a buffet lunch before braving the windy, wet weather conditions on Sarah Island. Our guide was extremely informative about all aspects of the history of the island. It... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

You will need to do a Gordon River cruise ( spectacular ) to get to Sarahs Island . The history of this penal settlement is laid before you by the guides who also have a theatrical side to their nature . We also learnt the positives of Huon Pine . Ended up buying Huon Pine cutting boards and other products... More 

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Piccadilly, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We boarded the Gordon River Cruise which had a stopover on to Sarah Island. I was so amazed and impressed with the tour, the tour guide and the story that went with the island! The tour guide (Irene I think???) told us the story of the convicts and wove in mystery with it. This was not a paid tour but... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

“Sarah Island is remembered only as a place of degradation, depravity and woe”…well not while we were there in October 2014. But when John West wrote those words in 1842 it was not a tourist attraction – and certainly not a place to be visited during a leisurely day’s cruising on Tasmania’s Gordon River. We had just a sketchy idea... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Reuben from Round Earth was our guide around the Isle. What a character. So full of energy and emotion. Would have paid happily for this experience alone but it is included in the cruise on the Gordon River. He is also part of the long running play 'the ship that never was ' in Strahan. Also, a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We stopped at Sarah Island as part of the Gordon River boat trip. Janelle was the best storyteller and I wished we could have stayed on for the evening performance of "The Ship that Never Was". She brought alive the lives of the convicts and the people who 'cared' for them. I could have listened to her for many hours.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I believe you can only visit as part of the Gordon River cruise - however it's an excellent stop off - guided by actors from " the ship that never was " the history of the place is shared and brought to life superbly - a poignant place and now hard to imagine the hardship and suffering that took place... More 

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Address: Macquarie Harbor, Tasmania, Australia
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Tasmania

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