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A walk in the past

A great day out! My parents, my partner and I went out for a lovely sunny winter days' out. We... read more

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Sophia C
Brisbane, Australia

St. Helena is actually in my backyard. Well, out in the Bay from where I live. Always have a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brisbane, Australia
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Considered Queensland's first historic national park, this island features the ruins of a colonial prison, once known as the "hell hole of the South Pacific."
Manly, Brisbane, Queensland 4179, Australia
+61 1300 438 787
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Reviewed today

A great day out! My parents, my partner and I went out for a lovely sunny winter days' out. We were aboard the Cat O' Nine Tails Tour of St. Helena Island. Which started with a gentle ferry ride out to the island (tea and...More

Thank Sophia C
Reviewed 1 week ago

St. Helena is actually in my backyard. Well, out in the Bay from where I live. Always have a great day out to St. Helena. The commentary is a lot of fun and informative...the small acting performance you get from the staff is very funny....More

Thank jojohnston2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Is A Great Place For Kids To Learn About History. We Saw All The Old Prisoner Cells and Lots More Stuff That Was Very Fun.

Thank Lachlans-Reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting part of Brisbane's history. St Helena was a prison island from the mis 1800's till 1932. Covered convicts and latter day felons until Boggo Road jail was upgraded in Brisbane. Travel is comfortable on the Cat o Nine Tails catamaran hull which leaves...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were a group of 29 people from 5 to 82 yrs of age and everyone had an awesome day out. The prison guard and the 2 'prisoners' 321 and 31 were very interesting and entertaining bringing home some history of Brisbane and life in...More

Thank Stephen W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To visit St Helena Island in Moreton Bay you need to pre-book, and then travel by cruise boat leaving from Manly. The bay was a bit rough the day I went so I took a sea-sick pill first and thoroughly enjoyed the trip over as...More

Thank JoyNeeson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did this last weekend. Didn't know what to expect, and was so pleasantly surprised. The staff were entertaining to say the least and the lunch as yummy. The whole experience is well worth while and I am going to do the other islands as a...More

Thank Mary P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Jeff's communications were excellent including advising of a change to the sailing time. The guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic being able to bring the prison to life. Lunch was delightfully tasty including a fresh crisp salad and topped off with a fresh baked muffin for...More

Thank 833richardp
Reviewed June 5, 2018

Check first before booking as weekdays seem to have a lot of school children and from memory the talk was aimed at the younger audience, it was still good. Being my third visit we opted for a Sunday trip which was much better. An interesting...More

Thank Oldtable
Reviewed May 22, 2018

St Helena Island is a hidden gem in plain site. A short (but expensive) boat ride to an interesting piece of Australian history.

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estol a
September 26, 2017|
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Response from Trev G | Reviewed this property |
It's a ferry from manly marina
January 31, 2017|
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Response from emSherwood | Reviewed this property |
The ferry 'Cat'o'NineTails' leaves the William Gunn Jetty, Wyvernleigh Close, ( near the swimming pool)at Manly on Brisbane's bayside on Wednesdays and Sundays. Get there early to park and find the place. The boat leaves... More
October 7, 2016|
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Response from Knightley2013 | Reviewed this property |
Hello there - Yes our guide told us people do come over in their own boats but there's strict guidelines re rubbish disposal etc. so contact St Helena National Park Service to view the requirements. Don't forget without... More