Monday, December 7, 2009
One of the wonders of doing the World Heritage cruise through Macquarie Harbour and Hell's Gates before travelling up the Gordon river - you stop over at Sarah Island. It is a beautiful place with a lot of history. In 1822 this six-hectare (15-acre) island became Tasmania's first penal station. The ruins of the buildings occupied by the convicts are still there, along with the remains of the areas where they had to slave away building boats from Huon pines felled in nearby rain forests.
There are some remarkable trees on the island, hundreds of years in the making.