Welcome to St. Helena Island

St Helena Island is Queenslands most historic island. This beautiful National Park is located four kilometres from the mouth of the Brisbane River and for more than 60 years was home to hundreds of societys outcasts, for here stood colonial Queenslands foremost maximum security prison for men. The Island is rich in history and has a fascinating and colourful past.

Cat O Nine Tails Cruises has been operating educational and historical tours to St Helena Island since 1982. Our modern 17 metre catamaran, Cat O Nine Tails, takes only 30 minutes to reach the Island from Brisbanes bayside suburb of Manly. Tours to the Island operate all year long and we offer Day tours or Night Ghost tours conducted by members of the St Helena Theatre Troupe. These tours won the prestigious Queensland Tourism Award for Heritage and Cultural Tourism in 1998.

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