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Visiting St Helena safely
St Helena Island is 7km north-east of Manly, a suburb of Brisbane, and 45 minutes by boat. Regular ferry services depart from Manly and New Farm. See the tourism information links below for details. The Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre operates its own service to the island for school groups. Book through the centre—contact details are listed under tourism information links.
Private boats may be moored off the island. Consider the tides when anchoring in shallow water.
The southern corner of the island is open to the public without a tour guide. The rest of the island, including the prison ruins, is a restricted access area and entry is by guided tour only.
There are wheelchair-accessible toilets on the island. The grassy paths and crushed coral roads around the island are not easily accessible for strollers or wheelchairs. Contact the park office for further information about accessibility.
For your safety and to protect the ruins, please stay behind the rope barriers. Please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Essentials to bring
It is recommended that visitors bring a hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, insect repellent and drinking water.
The national park is open during daylight hours—camping is not permitted.
Permits and fees
According to tour operators.
Domestic animals are not permitted in St Helena Island National Park.
Climate and weather
The Brisbane region enjoys a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 22 to 30 degrees Celsius in summer and 12 to 22 degrees Celsius in winter. For more information see the tourism information links below.
Fuel and supplies
There are no supplies on the island. Fuel and supplies are available in Brisbane. For more information see the tourism information links below.
- There are currently no park alerts for this park.