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Now strictly a tourist attraction, this island was used as a penal colony from January 1822-1833.
Macquarie Harbor, Tasmania, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The island now is picturesque and lush so to hear its past history is quite confronting - those poor convicts. Thoroughly enjoyed our guide’s theatrical guidance.

Thank Oztraveldoonan
Reviewed 8 May 2018

I don't know where they find the actors to talk the group through the history and experiences of the prisoners but they were brilliant. We had never heard of the Huon trees before but had a very interesting introduction to them. Time passed very quickly

Thank margaretaem
Reviewed 29 March 2018

Sarah Island is a hard place to get to unless you arrive there as part of one of the harbour cruises - both the major cruise companies stop here. (Looks like who arrives first etc has been agreed, as the guides came out with our...More

Thank ActRegular_traveller
Reviewed 13 October 2017

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

1  Thank ToolsofTravel
Reviewed 1 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

5  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 20 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

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