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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. 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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  • Sharon F 3

    I enjoyed the island and the guides were amusing. I enjoyed learning about the history of the island but would have preferred to know more about the convicts and guards stories. Take your own snacks as lunch is not the best (bread roll, processed meat, salad and muffin - no dressing). We paid 50% via Groupon. I would have been very disappointed if I had paid full price. There is very little shade so make sure that you have sunscreen and a hat. An umbrella is wise too (for shade or if it rains). It is easy walking. We walked about 8km in total for the day.

  • Lynne sheppard 5

    Very informative. Staff knew their history, good fun and educational especially for the school children. Staff are in costume and stay in character for the whole trip. Beautiful island with a long and sad history. A must do trip if you are visiting the Bayside. Well worth the $80.

  • Victoria Green 5

    Went with a school trip on a national parks boat. Amazing day, really interesting place, beautiful place. The guides were outstanding and the boat was fast, clean and comfortable. Highly recommended if you get the chance.

  • Pam Prasad 5

    Its located in Moreton Bay 5 km from the mouth of the Brisbane River and about 8km north-east of Manly.

  • Dayle Parker 5

    Amazing island to visit! We joined a day historical tour and it was thoroughly entertaining and educational. So much about Brisbane I hadn't known! It's also a funny scene, with wallabies hopping around prison ruins. Bring bug spray -- there are some crazy sandflies here! (Especially where we stopped for lunch). Highly recommended, for locals or visitors!

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