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Address: Macquarie Harbor, Tasmania, Australia
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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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Walking tour of Sarah island

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Pam R
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Erskine Park, New South Wales, Australia
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Erskine Park, New South Wales, Australia
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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1 Thank Pam R
Sydney, Australia
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212 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 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 settlers of that part of Tasmania. After re-joining the boat we were given a lovely... More 

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Thank Jeanette M
Wollongong, Australia
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 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 Sarah's island first which was truly a sight to be seen bearing in mind we... More 

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Thank Graham W
Terrigal, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Phillip8789
Albury, Australia
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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Thank 57bundy
Perth, Australia
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 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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Thank Kathy C
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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Thank 73Liliano
Brisbane, Australia
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25 reviews
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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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Thank Snowgo4
Piccadilly, South Australia, Australia
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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