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Saint Helena Island National Park
Map of Saint Helena Island National Park
Saint Helena Island National Park
St Helena Island
Queensland 4179 Australia

Saint Helena Island National Park
St Helena Island, Brisbane Area

Free Entry

13 7468


This picturesque island in Moreton Bay has a turbulent past, as the site of Queensland's first penal settlement. Ruins remain from the years (1867 to 1932) when it was home to prisoners and their warders. See remnants of beautifully landscaped gardens and food crops, such as olive trees, growing among native vine thickets.

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Imagine life as a prisoner or warder while on a guided tour of the prison's stone ruins. Become absorbed in prison artefacts and photos in the restored Chief Warder's quarters. Take your own walk into history, among the cemeteries, the old quarry, the jetty and Queensland's first tramway. Middens and shell scatters show that Aboriginal people visited the island seasonally for thousands of years. Watch for shorebirds, dugong and turtles in the surrounding Moreton Bay Marine Park.

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Property Details


  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks


  • Walking

Open Times

The park is open during daylight hours only - camping is not permitted.

Other Information

Children are welcome.

General Comments

The southern corner of the island is open to the public without a tour guide. Entry to the rest of the island, including prison ruins, is by guided tour only. See the web site links for details.

How To Get There

The park is 45 minutes by ferry or charter boat from the Brisbane suburbs of Manly or New Farm. Private boats can access the island at high tide only.

Free Entry

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