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River and Bay cruise to Brisbane’s best kept secret “hell hole of the south pacific”. St Helena Island is only 6 km SE of the Brisbane River mouth. Join us for our St Helena Island Cruise & Guided Tour Experience including morning tea.

Cost: $45 adult   $25 children (4-14 yrs)

  • BYO picnic lunch
  • Includes morning tea and guided tour cost

Departs:- 8.30am  returns 2.30pm approx  Northshore Hamilton Jetty/pontoon, 281 McArthur Ave, Hamilton 4007.    

*pontoon map & parking details emailed with booking confirmation

Bookings also available through our office. Please call our Fabulous Booking Crew on 07 3630 2666

St Helena was a penal settlement for Queensland’s most hardened prisoners from 1867 to 1932. Officials travelled here from all parts of the world to study the settlement's techniques.  A most important feature being that the island was self sufficient. The prisoners grew their own food and crops, made their own boots hats and uniforms and exported goods to the mainland.

Our continuing research unearthed BUSHRANGER Captain Starlight alias Walter Gordon as a St Helena inmate!

Aboriginal usage of the Island dates back over 2,400 years.

The remaining buildings are over 100 years old.  They are made from a locally quarried beach rock joined together with cement made from the island’s lime kiln.

ESCAPES: Only about 3 prisoners escaped in 65 years.  In modern prisons, it’s about 3 escapes per month. Was this low figure due to the isolation OR the SHARKS that were actively encouraged around the island by throwing in blood, offal and meat scraps?

TOURS: This is our first historic national park.  There is restricted access with an accredited tour guide only. A gentle walk of about 2 hours with our entertaining tour guide will recapture the spirit of this “hell hole of the south pacific” as we visit the blacksmith shop, punishment yard, the black hole, museum, sugar mill, cemetery, lime kiln and the beach rock quarry.

People travel all the way to Port Arthur and Norfolk Island to see similar penal settlements - and yet this special Historic National Park and bird haven is right on our own doorstep!                         

“We‘ll whip you into shape so you don’t become a prison inmate”. 

* Call our Fabulous Booking Crew on 07 3630 2666 for more information and to book

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  • What is the minimum age for Tours at Hamilton?

    The minimum age for Tours at Hamilton is suitable for all ages.

  • How long does an Tours session at Hamilton last?

    The average Tours session at our Hamilton centre is 7 hours 30 minutes.

  • Is Tours Hamilton open for bookings during the week?

    Absolutely, however Tours is busiest at the weekend - and our Hamilton centre is no exception. This means you might need a larger group monday through friday.

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    Tours at Hamilton is busiest at the weekends so we'd definitely recommend booking in advance! Obviously, we'll always try to accommodate last minute Tours bookings but once the spots are booked up they are booked up!

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    Yes you can buy Tours Hamilton gift vouchers either online or over the phone. Geronigo® gift vouchers are valid for 12 months, can be gift wrapped or for a last minute gift idea can be instant email delivered. Remember that any gift experience voucher from Geronigo® including our Tours Hamilton vouchers can be used for booking at any of our thousands of Geronigo® adventure locations (for no extra charge!).

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    The Tours Hamilton center is located at the following address. Please note that sometimes our Tours centers are difficult to find, please follow the directions on your booking receipt!

  • How much is Tours at Hamilton?

    The average package price of Tours at Hamilton $74.83. The lowest price is $55.00 with the most expensive option being $95.00.

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