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St. Helena Island

Manly, Brisbane, Queensland 4179, Australia
+61 1300 438 787
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Intersting site on Brisbanes doorstep

St Helena Island is a hidden gem in plain site. A short (but expensive) boat ride to an... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Barnycanbill
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Melbourne, Australia
Whoa! At those prices!!!

Very underwhelmed by island access A National Park yet access is restricted unless on privately run... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
cengland1975
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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."
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Manly, Brisbane, Queensland 4179, Australia
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+61 1300 438 787
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank Barnycanbill
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very underwhelmed by island access A National Park yet access is restricted unless on privately run guided tours! When we tried the tour operator wasn't running on weekends and the weekday tours were with large school groups.... No thank you!

Thank cengland1975
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the best day tours we have ever done. The guides get people involved in all aspects of the tour, with there gruff voices and really get the children's attention by getting them involved. The guides try and they succeed in bringing you back...More

Thank Geoff S
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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Absolutely loved this guided tour- complete with dinner, a short cruise trip and such accomodating hosts. The prison guard and prisoners were extremely knowledgable and had a great sense of humour. I would recommend comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket as it can get...More

Thank chipmunkchaddy
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

It is a walking tour due to preservation of the island. Great interactive tour, the guides are actors and act as convicts on the island which made it really interesting. I'm not that in to history but got dragged along with my mum and family...More

3  Thank Hannahsmithxoxo
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

What an amazing day out (for all ages - as long as you can walk - although there is an air conditioned van available) From the minute we boarded the boat we were made feel welcome and had so much fun. One of our party...More

1  Thank WMandAG
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

It was a really nice tour Take enough time to get to the departure site as traffic can be busy Free parking at the harbour Staff friendly and very knowledgeable. Shared trip with 60 schoolchildren but no problem at all . Adults get toured with...More

1  Thank anne955
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

This is such a great tour, so well designed. We were greeted by our fabulous crew starting at a very reasonable 10am on Sunday. There were plenty of seats inside and out on the boat and a good selection of hot and cold drinks. You...More

2  Thank DEBBIE P
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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

We took a ferry ride over to St Helena Island to enjoy a "prison life experience" tour. 5 wonderful hours of reliving the past with very informative guides. I live in Brisbane and learnt so much about Brisbane's colourful and prison life past. Lunch was...More

2  Thank Michelle T
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

My wife & I went on the tour, we were joined by a school which had well behaved children so hats off to the teachers there, but we also had some people who appeared to show no interest except for their "Rap music " don't...More

2  Thank Greg B
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estol a
27 September 2017|
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Response from Trev G | Reviewed this property |
It's a ferry from manly marina
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sandralansl
31 January 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
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Waipapa7
7 October 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
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