Ike visits Sarah Island, Tasmania

Ike gazes out at Sarah Island, happy that he doesn’t have to stay

Jimena took Ike on several adventures whilst he was staying with her in Tasmania, Australia. The photos on this page are from their boat trip along the Gordon River to the former penal colony on Sarah Island.

Sarah Island is in the southwest corner of Macquarie Harbour, an area only accessible by boat and pounded by the Roaring Forties winds.

Sarah Island was a notoriously harsh penal colony between 1822 and 1833, with a maximum of around 500 convicts at any one time.

Now managed by Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Services
List of convicts imprisoned here
Ruins of the penal colony buildings
Thick impenetrable bush
Look closely!
Steep hillsides tumbling towards the water
It proved impossible to grow food on the island, all provisions had to be brought in by boat and consequently malnutrition was rife.

2 Replies to “Ike visits Sarah Island, Tasmania”

  1. Tasmania intrigues me. Magical and impenetrable bush, calm water and steeped in history. What an amazingly beautiful place.

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