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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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amazing and an eye opener!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 12, 2015
Monika B
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Piccadilly, South Australia, Australia
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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This was part of the Gordon River Cruise. The guy that gave the tour was absolutely brilliant. He was part aboriginal and put a lot of cultural flavour into the tour. His knowledge of the place was amazing and really highlighted the brutality of the place and how misplaced some of the convict ways of doing things were. His recounting... More 

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Perth, Western Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We visited Sarah Island as part of the Heritage Cruise of the Gordon River. Included in the cost of the cruise is a guided tour of the island, or for a coin donation you can get a brochure and do your own tour. The guided tour presenter was excellent, she made the history come alive with her knowledge and various... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

We went to Sarah island as part of the heritage tour and loved it. So much history and so incredibly interesting. The guide was brilliant and it is well worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

We visited Sarah Island through the World Heritage Tours. They were awesome! Sarah Island has a very interesting convict past. The old settlement has almost gone but there are some ruins left with informaiton boards respectfully done to provide information. Well worth visiting. The water out that way is black due to tannins from the Buttongrass but it makes for... More 

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