St Helena Island National Park

St Helena Island National Park

St Helena Island National Park
4.5
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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."
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Shane P
    Apollo Bay, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding value
    Outstanding value. Very informative and entertaining guides/actors who kept everyone engaged. Our trip included young families, adults, "seniors", and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day. Many and the trip across to the island was an added bonus .
    Visited June 2023
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Mandy
    Brisbane, Australia35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    Great day out with Cat o 9 tails cruise. We had a very informative tour with our hosts trying their best to make it entertaining also. There is a lot of walking and not a lot of shade so wear comfortable walking shoes, hat and water bottle. We fortunate that we had perfect weather with not a cloud in the sky and the ocean like glass.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Ken2234
    Sydney, Australia254 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Viva Napoleon!
    The trip to St Helena was a really good way for me to gain a quick impression of Moreton Bay in relation to Brisbane as a first time visitor from interstate. The boat ride on the ‘Cat of Nine Tails’was very comfortable, upstairs for a good view, great commentary while crossing and a fresh, cooling breeze. Educational commentary as we walked to the top of the island and a good lunch in the shade at the top. Even cold drinks available at the lunch break and on the boat. Recommend this trip as a 70+ year old.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 December 2023
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Ken2234
Sydney, Australia254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The trip to St Helena was a really good way for me to gain a quick impression of Moreton Bay in relation to Brisbane as a first time visitor from interstate. The boat ride on the ‘Cat of Nine Tails’was very comfortable, upstairs for a good view, great commentary while crossing and a fresh, cooling breeze.
Educational commentary as we walked to the top of the island and a good lunch in the shade at the top. Even cold drinks available at the lunch break and on the boat.
Recommend this trip as a 70+ year old.
Written 16 December 2023
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Mandy
Brisbane, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Great day out with Cat o 9 tails cruise. We had a very informative tour with our hosts trying their best to make it entertaining also. There is a lot of walking and not a lot of shade so wear comfortable walking shoes, hat and water bottle. We fortunate that we had perfect weather with not a cloud in the sky and the ocean like glass.
Written 17 September 2023
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Shane P
Apollo Bay, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
Outstanding value. Very informative and entertaining guides/actors who kept everyone engaged. Our trip included young families, adults, "seniors", and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day. Many and the trip across to the island was an added bonus .
Written 18 June 2023
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Cecilia
Daisy Hill, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Took a tour to St Helena island with Cat o 9 Tails. We thoroughly enjoyed the day trip. The tour guides were awesome withfull of stories of the island as well as its history. Recommend it to anyone. Just remember take a hat and water and comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking
Written 4 September 2022
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PaulineSJ
Brisbane, Australia142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We loved our day trip to St Helena Island with Cat O'Nine Tails Cruises.

Although we've lived in Brisbane for many years this was our first trip to this national park and historic prison site. The crew gave us an excellent presentation, in character and in costume, covering everything we could have wanted to know. We also had free time to look through the small museum on site.

Lunch was a delicious picnic.

The day entails quite a bit of walking and provision is made for anyone with mobility issues to be driven to the various presentation sites. Starting and ending the trip with a cruise across the beautiful bay adds to the enjoyment.

Highly recommended!
Written 17 January 2022
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Estelle D
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Don’t be 30 seconds late they will leave without you. Parking is terrible and with a 2 year old and 10month old our walk to the boat was a km away and took three times as long. We literally stood on the jetty and waved the boat goodbye even tho my mum was on board telling them we were right there. Needless to say my mother had to go alone and me and the kids went home sad. We live half hour away so was a real waste of time and money, we were really looking forward to it.
Written 17 October 2021
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POLLYANNA57
Brisbane, Australia520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
Highly recommend a visit. Very few facilities on the Island and those are basic. If you need it take it, especially lots of water, sunscreen, and insect repellant, but otherwise try to minimise weight of what you have to carry. Up hill, down dale. There is a lot of walking. From Jetty, along a Causeway then to the various places of interest, often thru grassy fields, to end up at the top area, where there is some undercover shade around the house now a Museum.

There is a small basic amenities block after the causeway, then one single Loo at the top stop on the Island.

Cool, dark clothing covering as much as possible preferable to light colours and face shading hats, tried and true walking shoes. Walking thru long wet grasses wreaked havoc on clothing of those who had worn light or white shorts etc., Mostly the soil is the red of the bay areas. Midges and Sandflies cannibalistic. Many amongst us suffered blisters on our feet, in spite of a belief we’d worn old, comfortable shoes. It was a very rainy day but my husband and I suffered sunburn to lower arms and legs, the only places exposed to the sun. Made us thankful the day was less hot and sunny than usual. Just. The rain made a few things more difficult. The Causeway turned into a Canal.
The building sites remaining and the Cemeteries are all very interesting. Our Guided Tour was excellent and the Narrators were wonderful.
We loved our day on St. Helena Island.
Written 25 February 2021
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noop
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The tour guide got our surname wrong and set us aside when we wanted to board asking for a confirmation email to show him...our names were on there...he just got the name wrong....the walk is up hill and was in 30 deg temps today and each historical site was left for us to investigate and then we were all herded i nto a group to stand in the stinking hot sun for 15 to 20 minutes with no shade sweltering as the tour guide told us all the stories of the island...he could have been telling the guests all this stuff whilst they were looking at the graves to start with and to save time and long standing times in the hot sun...all up hill and no forewarning of when and where our so called lunch would be so swe were all stinking hot...sweating and sore from being made to stand in the hot sun to hear the island tales...the humour from the two guides was relentless and stupid and got harder to tolerate as the climb up the hill went on and on and on and on...finally we are sat under a tree to eat a small lunch that was very basic...and made very scantily..really bad trip back on the cat of none tails boat as it had a motor issue and was dumping engine oil in big blobs all through the pristine waters all the way back to manly and that was a trip doing half the speed we should have...upon asking what was happening was told nothing wrong...they should turn the trip around to make the walk up the hill to the lunch first and improve its appearance and quantity..people are hungry after traipsing for so long up a steep mountain and made to stand in the stinking hot sun with no shade. This was a horrible experience I will not be doing again and in my lpinion is not worth the money.
Written 14 November 2020
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Katharine L
Brisbane, Australia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This is the Alcatraz of Brisbane! How come it's not more well known?!!
It's such an interesting walking tour of an incredibly historic place.
The guides are excellent, & their "comedy show" was obviously designed to not traumatise kids, but we all got the message about the horrific experience that prisoners went through.
The ferry over to the island was comfortable & they provided a simple, though totally adquate lunch.
I'd highly recommend this as a "must do" in Brisbane
Written 6 November 2020
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Dawn283
Brisbane, Australia48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Great little tour for the history buffs. All done very well, the staff were very friendly & helpful. The knowledge of the theatrical group was in depth, delivered in a very functional way. Very hot day, brolly a good idea for those that feel the heat. No shade on the tour once you leave amenities from the jetty to the top of the hill. A little bit of walking involved to the different sites but not exhausting. Light lunch. Take water & snacks.
Written 6 November 2020
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