The island’s rich history can be traced back to about 100 years ago when the island was home to some of the community’s rejects. This is because the island was home to the colonialist’s maximum prison (for men only). With such a beautiful history, it comes as no surprise that the island is a popular tourist destination.
Tours to the island are available all year for families, groups and individuals looking for adventure on the island. You have the choice of either day tours or night tours for those who do not mind a spooky trip to the heart of the island. All the tours are guided and facilitated by members of the vibrant St Helena Theatre Troupe.
The tours have previously won awards for exposing visitors to the island’s rich culture and heritage. It is important to note, however, that since the island is a heritage national park, visitors are not allowed on location without the help of a qualified tour guide.
Through the tour, the guide will walk you through the island’s ruins, allowing you to go back in time to take a glimpse of the Gaol and imagine what life was like for the social misfits. Walk over to the blacksmith’s shop and envision him sharpening his tools of trade, or at the sugar mill as the workers processed the cane. Other areas of interest during your tour include the newly refurbished museum, the olive grove as well as the lime kiln.
The tours are operated by a company known as Cat O’ Nine Tails Cruises. This modern water vessel gives you quick access from bay region to the island, 30 minutes away. On board you get to enjoy drinks from the licensed bar, ample space for a dance floor and two decks from where you can enjoy stunning views of the vast waters. There are different packages you can choose from; the most important thing is to ensure you choose a package that best meets your budgetary needs.
Some of the facilities available on location include an Education Centre where the cruise company (Cat O’ Nine Tails) focuses on the provision of sound educational programs. The Bookshop on the island sells books which contain the island’s rich history. Pass by to check out any of the titles that may impress you. St Helena Island makes for an excellent family vacation. Use the details below to make your booking seamless.
Address: 4/82 Bay Terrace, Wynnum, Queensland 4178.
Opening hours: Wednesdays – 0915 hours to 1415 hours; Sundays 1000 hours to 1500 hours;
Saturday nights – 1900 hours to 2315 hours
Any other day tours are by prior arrangement/advanced booking
Phone Number: 1300 438 787
Ticket Prices: Day rates: Adults/ Children/ Concession/ Family – AUD 74/ AUD 42/ AUD 69/ AUD 189
Night rates: Adults/ Children / Family – AUD 95/ AUD 50 / AUD 250
Distance from Brisbane CBD: 23 kilometers