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A B Sea Cruises

A B Sea Cruises offers daily service from Manly to St Helena Island National Park for history brought to life by an award winning theatre troupe on a day tour with lunch, or a ghost tour of the prison at night including dinner.

St Helena Island is Queensland’s 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 hundred’s of society’s outcasts, for here stood colonial Queensland’s foremost maximum security prison for men. The Island is rich in history and has a fascinating and colourful past.

A B Sea Cruises established the St Helena Theatre Troupe in 1997. A multi skilled band of actors, singers and minstrels who have been comprehensively trained in the Island’s history. Their ‘first person interpretation of the Island’s history using drama’ is a first for an historic site in Australia and has been highly acclaimed.

A B Sea Cruises have been operating educational and historical tours to St Helena Island since 1982. Their modern 17 metre catamaran, Cat-O’-Nine-Tails, takes only 30 minutes to reach the Island from Brisbane’s bay side suburb of Manly.

Touring Options

St Helena Ghost Tour By Night

You’ve been sentenced to spend an evening at the St Helena Island Prison. The nature of your crime?

Cultivating a curious mind, being in possession of a sense of fun, and harbouring a spirit of adventure!

You will be subjected to a hearty meal. On disembarkation, march to the dramatic ruins where you’ll experience colourful stories of those who never left the island. Then prepare for the unexpected at the island’s cemetery. On your release, enjoy a delicious dessert and join in a sing-along or just sit back and enjoy the nightscape. Any other night out is dull by comparison!

St Helena By Day

Across the bay and back in time and see those black chapters of Australia’s colonial history brought to life on these award winning tours.

One of the St Helena Theatre Troupe’s multi-skilled performers will accompany you on a history adventure.

From the Aboriginal beginnings to the Nineteenth Century prison Settlement, with its sometimes sad but often funny stories. Take time out for a picnic lunch then complete the prison adventure before boarding the Cat-o’-Nine Tails for a return to the Twenty-first Century.

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