News and Events

General Information:

Upcoming open days:

Saturday 25th January and Saturday 29th February (boat pick up Back Beach 9:30am – leaving the island about 3:30pm. Bring a picnic lunch. (No overnight option on the 29th February). A pick up is usually possible on the Portobello side by prior arrangement. $15 per adult for boat; $7.50 per child.

Lots of interesting activities you can help with if you’d like – rescuing seedlings from the long grass (releasing), weed control, beach clean-up, or general maintenance. Please contact our Keeper on the Island so we know who’s coming and have your contact details  If you’d just like to come and relax and explore, you are equally welcome. We’ll provide Fairtrade tea and coffee.

We can usually help with car pooling, if you give us some notice of where you live and contact details.

Keep in touch via our Facebook page or email newsletter.

Working holiday or volunteering at other times?

There are lots of projects we’re hoping to progress, from weed control, building fences, and stiles, releasing trees, to painting. Please let us know if you can help, particularly if you have relevant skills. We’ll gladly offer free accommodation in the Lodge and cover boat fares for volunteers.  Contact the Keeper at

Read an account of volunteering and staying on the island from recent volunteer, Carolyn Stallard, a young musician and teacher from New York. We loved having Carolyn on the Island!

Give a gift that gives twice...Try saying that fast! The recipient gets a beautiful gift voucher for an overnight stay on the island, or boat transport to this special place, and your purchase helps us to continue to look after the Island…

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Older Newsletters

July 2014

Feb 2014

May 2013

QI Island July 2010 Newsletter

QI Island Sept 09 newsletter

Some articles about Island events

‘Families adventure coming to an end’ ODT 3/12/2013

‘Not quite utopia but it beats city stress’   ODT 1/3/2014


‘Six men drowned’  The Argus, Melbourne. 13/11/1928

‘Question of Dual Control’ 26/1/1918

‘Quarantine Island’ ODT 11/4/1917

‘Willochra’s men in quarantine’ Evening Post 15/5/1917

‘Quarantine Island’ ODT 4/7/1874


‘The Victory’s passengers’ ODT 9/9/1863 (over 150 years ago)