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Summary of Sarah Island Site Plan March 2006

The full version of the Sarah Island Site Plan March 2006 can be downloaded as a PDF File (1681 Kb)

Location Maps are available as separate PDFs:

  • Map 1  - Location in the Tasmanian Context (1180 Kb)
  • Map 2  - Location in the Macquarie Harbour Context (312 Kb)


Sarah Island was the site of the first convict settlement in Tasmania, established in 1821 and has remained unoccupied and relatively undisturbed since it was finally abandoned as a penal settlement in 1847. With the advent of the popular cruises from Strahan to the Gordon River in the 1980’s (some of which call in at Sarah Island), the island has become a popular tourist destination, primarily to view the ruins of the penal settlement.

This Site Plan is a subsidiary plan to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 1999 and incorporates the key recommendations of both the draft Conservation Management Plan and the draft Interpretation Action Plan.

The intent of this plan is to provide for conservation, management, and visitor use of the Sarah Island Visitor Services Site in the Macquarie Harbour Historic Site, consistent with the management objectives set out in the Management Plan.

The plan briefly describes existing conditions, including the values of the site, existing facilities and current visitor use. A description of proposed developments in the Site is provided, giving specific details for key areas within the site. Next, the range of possible effects of the developments are identified and discussed. Following this, an environmental and heritage management program is described for the planning, construction and ongoing management and development of the Site.

The plan will be reviewed and if, necessary, revised five years after its approval. Before any revised plan is approved, the review process will include a time of not less than thirty days for public comment upon the revised plan.