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by Carole Liivrand (subscribe)
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Published February 11th 2014
Arrive at Sydney's Quarantine Centre the Historical Way
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"Carved in Stone


In the 21st Century, when you arrive at Q Station by boat, you will not be relegated to quarantine or kept here for 40 days. Formerly a place where migrants or people carrying infectious diseases were quarantined, Q Station has become a place of fun, interest, education, exploration and relaxation. It's a place to drop in for a quick visit, spend a day exploring, do a ghost tour, or one of the many tours or education programs. Alternatively, you may wish to run a conference, hold a wedding reception, check into the hotel for a few nights, or just come for dinner.

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A pretty little beach with so much history


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Easy to Find Facilities


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The former Hospital, Boiler House, and renovated Wharf at Quarantine Station


How you get here is another question. The conventional way to arrive is by car, or by Public Bus. Why not be different and see it from the water? After all Sydney Harbour is rather beautiful, especially on a fine day. On approach, for just a moment, let your imagination take you back to 1828 or beyond. You've been rocking around at sea for many months, probably seasick, and cooped up like cattle in smelly bunks. You now have the opportunity to set foot on land.

Fast forward to today. On approach, you see a golden sandy beach, a modern jetty, restored buildings and manicured gardens.

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Arriving by dinghy is easy


If you own a boat, it's easy. Just anchor nearby and come in by dinghy. Otherwise, the Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper delivers you in comfort while you enjoy the scenery.

Tickets are reasonably priced and can be purchased at the Manly Fast Ferry booth, at Circular Quay, or if you board at a different wharf, purchase your tickets on the ferry using cash, credit card or EFT. If you have time, why not make a day of it, and choose a 24 Hour hop on/hop off ticket? Otherwise, purchase a Single/Return Fare

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Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper arriving at Q Station


This Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper operates between:
Darling Harbour Aquarium Wharf
Pyrmont Bay
Jeffrey Street Wharf Kirribilli
Circular Quay Wharf 6
Taronga Zoo
Watsons Bay
Manly East Pier
Quarantine Wharf (Q Station)

Visit the Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper website for the latest timetable & pricing.

Once you arrive, take time to wander around the grounds and the beach. Explore the visitor centre and luggage museum, and stop for a coffee or snack. There's a lot more to discover, so plan ahead, and visit the Q Station official website.

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View from Visitor Centre towards Manly


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Visitor Centre & Luggage Museum


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Why? Explore Australia's History
When: Year Round
Phone: (02) 9466 1500
Where: North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Cost: Luggage Museum and Visitor Centre - Free. For other actvities, visit website
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