News and Events

11 March 2020. We are advertising for a new Keeper

Upcoming open days:

COVID-19: In accordance with the governments instructions for level four, there will be no trips to the Island organised by the community for the next month, and the lodge is closed for overnight bookings and day visitors (toilet is still accessible). (23 March 2020)

Open days: 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. Subscribe here or 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.

We will supply  safety glasses, first aid kit, gloves, overalls, life jackets, spades, secateurs, loppers, shears.

Please bring sunscreen, a spade and secateurs/loppers if you have these. You’ll also need your sunhat and some water/snacks, and you may want to bring your own gloves. You should be prepared to get wet feet.

Barndance –  Saturday April 4th 2020 (Postponed until after Winter)

Join us for a fun night of dancing to the tunes of the wonderful Catgut and Steel.

The dance will go from about 7 – 10pm in the historic Married Quarters Building. Limited tickets so don’t delay! $30 per adult and $20 per school-aged child. This covers the dance and your boat fare on our charter boat for the evening, the Albatross Express.

To book, email with your ticket request, contact details and preferred pick-up/drop off (See options below). You will receive an email to confirm your booking and with payment details.

Option 1: Portobello pontoon promptly at 6pm, returning at approximately 11.15pm.

Option 2: Careys Bay pontoon promptly at 6.30pm, returning at approximately 10.45pm.

Option 3: As above for pick up, but stay overnight in the Lodge, returning on Sunday. Please give your preferred approximate return time/place and we will try to accommodate this.

Option 4: Boiler Point pick up, Port Chalmers, 5.45pm. Returns as for 2 and 3 above. (Limited numbers)

What to bring:  
* warm clothing and sturdy footwear
* a plate to share for supper
* something to drink. We’ll provide Fairtrade tea and coffee. Low-moderate consumption of your own alcoholic beverages is fine (bring your own glasses).
* a torch to help you safely find your way along paths in the dark!

Health and safety and housekeeping: Please read this before coming and check the island website for general information.

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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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)