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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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Strahan Day Trip by Air from Hobart with Gordon River Cruise

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Walking tour with Ingrid.

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2016
Carl C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 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.

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Thank Carl C
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 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 there. A very informative visit and one I would highly recommend. This was one of... More 

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Thank Joan0452013
Erskine Park, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 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.

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1 Thank Pam R
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 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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1 Thank Jeanette M
Wollongong, Australia
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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