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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Take a ferry ride to Manly & learn more about the Q Station
I have been to the North Head Quarantine Station a few times now, and every time that I have gone I have found that I always learn and see something new. On Sunday the 20th of September the Q Station will be opening its doors to the public from 10am to 4pm.

Your journey starts here.

The Q Station is one of Australia's most compelling and unique heritage retreats. The area has been preserved within 30 hectares of Sydney Harbour National Park at North Head and it is Australia's first and oldest Quarantine Station. It operated from 1833 to 1984.

You will find some spectuclar views from the Q Station.

While there, you will have around 65 buildings and several archaeological sites for you to explore. But you will find that in the short time it is open, you will not have enough time to see everything that the Q Station has.

Take a guided tour to learm more about the buildings at the Q Station.

Check out how people lived back then.

The Community Open Day is a huge showcase of the unique destination that Q Station is, with something for everyone - couples, friends, families.


• Sydney University - Could you be an archaeologist? Sketching historic inscriptions.

• Meet Q Station's Curator - A chance to look at the heritage collection storeroom.

• Sydney University - Where are the bodies? Life and death in Quarantine.

• Wildlife Encounters - 30minute native animal presentation.

You never know what wildlife will come out to greet you while you are there.

• Wildflower Walk – Guided tour
• Q Station - Accommodation and function room tour.

• Cooking Demonstration - with Matt Kemp.

• Lecture Series - Saving the Tasmanian devil from extinction: Kathy Belov.

• Lecture Series - Humans, animals and the bugs between us: Siobhan Mor.

• Go on your own self guided tour - & enjoy the beautiful views.

• Explore their free - Quarantine exhibition at the museum.

I spent over an hour in the Museum. There is so much to see and learn about.

• Live music - Ben Kershaw.

• Historic photography reel –In Laundry.

• Go snorkelling - & explore North Harbour Aquatic Reserve from Quarantine Beach.

Go for a swim, hire a kayak or go snorkelling.

• Take a leisurely swim - at Quarantine Beach.

All of the above activities are free on Sunday the 20th of September, but you will need to RSVP before you go, so that the Q station will know how many are going to attend.

For more information on times and starting points for these tours click here.


• Quarantine Station Story tour - Explore more of the quarantine station.

•Outbreak - A family race to identify the disease outbreak, before hunting for the vaccine to save yourselves.

• Ghost trackers tour - A spooky tour, especially for families.

• Ghostly Encounters tour

• Luggage Store Visitor Centre Cafe - Grab a hot coffee, snack or light meal.

Visit the Luggage Store Visitors Centre and grab something to eat or have a coffee.

• Boilerhouse Harbourside Restaurant & Bar - Have lunch or dinner at the.

• Hire a Kayak – Kayak around Spring Cove

To take part in these activities there is a cost. For some you will need to RSVP.

For more information on times and starting points for these tours click here.


Catch a ferry to the Q Station.

If you are local you can just walk up the hill to the Q Station.

Catch a ferry from Manly to the Q Station.

Catch a ferry from the city.

Drive. There is plenty of free parking near the entrance.

So, if you have never been to the Q Station and you have always wondered what all the buildings are on North Head, then Sunday the 20th of September is your chance to go along to the Q Station Community Open Day and have a look around.

There is so much to see, you will surely have to come back again.

Take it from someone who has been there a few times, you will learn more each time you visit. It is truly a fascinating place where you will learn so much about what early settlers and migrants had to go through when they first came to Australia.
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Why? A great chance to check out the Q Station
When: 10am to 4pm
Phone: 902) 94661500
Where: North Head, Manly
Cost: Free to visit. Some of the tours have a cost to take part.
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I have been to North Heads a few times but never toured the Q-Station...there is a lot on offer:)
by Maria M (score: 2|661) 1549 days ago
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