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Quarantine Station

  • North Head Scenic Dr. Map It
  • Manly
  • Neighborhood/Street

Updated 01/15/2014

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From the 1830s onward, ship passengers who arrived with contagious diseases were isolated on this outpost in the shadow of North Head until pronounced free of illness. You can access the station as part of a guided tour, and now stay overnight in the four-star hotel and cottage accommodation known as Q Station; there are also two waterfront restaurants. There are day tours and five different evening ghost tours (the station reputedly has its fair share of specters) that depart from the visitor center at the Quarantine Station, and a "ghostly sleep-over" for those who want to spent the night in reputedly haunted rooms. Tours are led by rangers from NSW National Parks and involve a fair bit of walking, so good shoes are a must. Reservations are essential. Visitors can also visit the site without taking a tour, however, if you want to dine, you must make prior restaurant reservations.

Sight Information


North Head, North Head Scenic Dr., Sydney, New South Wales, 2095, Australia

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02-9466–1500; 02-9466–1551-tour bookings

Sight Details:

  • Day tour A$35, ghost tours A$49–A$55; Quarantine Story A$35
  • The visitor center and museum open daily 10 am; the Quarantine Story tour Sat.–Sun. 2 pm; adult ghost tours Wed., Thurs., and weekends 8 pm; family ghost tour Fri. at 6 pm

Updated 01/15/2014


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