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Address: Macquarie Harbor, Tasmania, Australia

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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A Memorable Glimpse into Tasmania's Past

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... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2017
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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 392 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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! She was one of the best interpretive guides I've encountered. She was obviously very passionate,... More 

Thank Keith-B-Robinson
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 a course in how to speak to her employees

3 Thank markodi
Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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 there. A very informative visit and one I would highly recommend. This was one of... More 

1 Thank Joan0452013
Erskine Park, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 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.

2 Thank Pam R
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 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 

3 Thank Jeanette M
Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 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 

Thank Graham W
Terrigal, Australia
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Reviewed 20 July 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 

1 Thank Phillip8789
Albury, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 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

Thank 57bundy

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