Q Station, is a contemporary take on the site’s use as a station for the quarantine of migrants and travellers suspected of carrying contagious diseases.
The Quarantine Station site is located near the suburb of Manly on Sydney’s North Head, an area which has important cultural and spiritual significance to the land’s traditional owners, the Gai-mariagal (Camaraigal) people, which encompasses the clans of the Gayimai, Gatlay, Garigal, Turramurragal, Cammeragal, and Burra Burragal. The site is part of the rich history of Aboriginal occupation of the Sydney area. The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council view the Aboriginal heritage values of the area as highly significant to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.
A brief history...
Chosen in 1832 as the ideal site for the development of a quarantine facility, due to its isolation, deep anchorage options and proximity to the entrance to Sydney Harbour, the site reflects the evolving cultural landscape of colonial Australia, as well as demonstrating the impact of changing social attitudes and scientific and medical developments. The site’s 65 heritage buildings reflect a rich history. Their diverse character is obtained through changing practices of use and expansions, when the site’s facilities were in high demand due to larger disease outbreaks. Many of these buildings have now been reinvigorated and restored providing unique Hotel, Conference and Wedding facilities.
Thousands of individually carved stone engravings on site, also record the diverse cultural and social backgrounds of quarantined passengers, mapping the station’s use from its early beginnings until its closure for quarantine purposes in 1984. These inscriptions are currently being researched by the University of Sydney as part of a major 3 year project; Stories from the Sandstone.
The Quarantine Station today...
Today the site is renowned for its spectacular vantage points over Sydney Harbour and its situation within the beautiful surrounds of Sydney Harbour National Park. Its diverse Education Programs, free Historical Exhibition, fascinating Ghost and History Tours and Luggage Store Visitor Centre and Cafe (open daily from 10am to 4pm) make the site a popular destination for day trippers, history buffs and school groups alike.
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Australia's history just waiting to be explored!
|WHARF WANDER HISTORY TOUR AVAILABLE CHRISTMAS DAY
A brief history on the Quarantine Station & disinfection process.
Great for all ages.
Starts & ends in the Q Station Wharf Precinct - plenty of time for you
to go on to your Christmas lunch!
Duration: 45 minutes | Cost: $15/Adult | $12/Concession | $10/Child
Phone Tour Reservations on 9466 1551 to book.
See the Quarantine Station on The History Channel's Coast Australia in December.
Sydney: Botany Bay to North Head