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. Dress up as prisoners or prison guards. BOOK Online now.
Welcome aboard the Lady Brisbane for a night tour on St Helena Island. BYO torches!!
St Helena was a penal settlement for Queensland’s most hardened prisoners from 1867 to 1932. Officials traveled here from all parts of the world to study the settlement's techniques. The most important feature was 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?
Includes: meal, desserts, guided tour, and drinks package (selection of beers and wines included on a return trip to Brisbane).
BYO torches for St Helena Night Tour.
Price: $99 per adult (all inclusive meal & drinks package) $50 per child (4 - 14 years)
MV LADY BRISBANE: Our stylish ship of timber construction is perfect for this popular river cruise. You can dance to the music on the dance floor or marvel at our Brisbane city lights and iconic landmarks on the other two decks. There are internal stairs and ample cover in the event of rain.
QUALITY: We are the longest-running family business on the River. Our food is fresh and bought at local markets daily. Your quality is assured.
Departs: Recreation Hub, Commercial Pontoon, Hamilton, Qld 4007 5.30pm Returns approx 10.30pm (map & parking details emailed on booking)
Returns: approx 10:30pm
Bookings can be made on the day of the cruise by phoning Captain Jim's mobile on 0407 500 843