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Queensland History of Convicts and the Labour Party

What a wonderful experience visiting this very historical site, the cruise out was great and the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brisbane, Australia
Great history lesson

Our guide was very informative and the history lesson was very informative. We went on a school... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks 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 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience visiting this very historical site, the cruise out was great and the Captain and staff very hospitable. What a surprise to learn that the men who created the Labour movements were prisoners on this island, doing hard labour for their part...More

Thank AnthonyfromBrisbane
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide was very informative and the history lesson was very informative. We went on a school day, so we were treated to the added entertainment for the kids.

Thank Nettie193
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I learnt more about Brisbane on this day trip than in all my school years. This important historic tale of HM Prison was told with humour, energy and empathy, which made the experience memorable. The stories told will stay with me for a long time,...More

Thank cushlakapitzke
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the best cruises I have done recently. The cruise was a short trip from Manly Marina to St Helena island. The tour guides were informed and entertaining, and the subject matter was most interesting ... this is something one should take...More

Thank Maxnkaren
Reviewed 6 September 2018

a great day out with tour guides who certainly knew the history of the island and were very informative, a lovely salad lunch. we took a family member with us from the UK and he was very impressed

Thank 835cdj
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We learned so much about the history of Brisbane, and done in an interesting fashion. We had a “prison guard” and an “inmate” narrate our tour of the island, done with humor and filled with interesting facts. The “fancy” lunch provided on the ferry was...More

Thank JeannieDV1958
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Brisbane’s penal history as St Helena was a prison for 65 years. However, it was very productive but unfortunately not a happy place for the prisoners. It is only a short boat ride of about 40...More

Thank Joelle G
Reviewed 18 August 2018

It was a brief ferry ride out to the island, with a commentary on the local area from our knowledgeable guide. The prison island history was well communicated by the guides dressing in costume and providing demonstrations. Highly recommend, remember sunscreen, insect repellant and a...More

Thank Andrea T
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Weather was perfect with calm seas. It was a short boat ride (about 1/2 hour) on the Cat O’ Nine Tails. The scenery of Moreton Bay Islands & the mainland was spectacular with our tour guide pointing out landmarks on the way & giving a...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2018

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
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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
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
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