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Manly to St Helena Island day tour

Had a wonderful 5 hour tour with Cat-O-Nina-Tails to St. Helena Island from Manly. The tour guides... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brisbane, Australia
A step back in history

I really enjoyed visiting St Helena Is. I attended a guided tour with school students. An unspoilt... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Monika C
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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 April 2017

What an intriguing place! Used for convicts it's not the first place to be thought of used for that reason in the Moreton Bay/Brisbane area but the guides tell a fantastic historical story. It is quite well preserved and enough to let you imagine what...More

22  Thank paul g
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Reviewed 26 November 2015

Really interesting island, really enjoyed the history. There is a lot of sandflies so be prepared with mosquito spray! Also, our trip (Sunday 8th Nov) included lunch and I emailed 'Jeff' to inform him prior to the trip that I was a vegetarian. When picking...More

6  Thank jadeegreen
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had a wonderful 5 hour tour with Cat-O-Nina-Tails to St. Helena Island from Manly. The tour guides were absolutely fantastic and made the tour enjoyable with great stories, history of the prison in the island, comedy and theatrics! The boat departed and arrived on time....More

Thank Karmicforce
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed visiting St Helena Is. I attended a guided tour with school students. An unspoilt island though it houses the ruins of a penal colony with plenty of records of the convicts hardships. A good boat trip out to the island in Moreton...More

Thank Monika C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jeff runs the ferry and tour at St Helena, and I must say it is P-E-R-F-E-C-T !!! .. the animated reinactment is brilliant

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome trip. Wonderful tour guides who were entertaining as well as informative. Well worth the money. Good lunch provided. A definite must-do if you are visiting Brisbane.

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I fully recommend this tour!!!! It is a MUST DO for Brisbane residents and those interested in History or those wanting a great day out. The tour starts at Manly from the William Gunn Jetty on the Cat O'Nine Tails boat which takes you across...More

1  Thank Julie B
Reviewed 3 October 2018

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

1  Thank AnthonyfromBrisbane
Reviewed 30 September 2018

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 22 September 2018

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 21 September 2018 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

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estol a
26 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