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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published April 16th 2018
Don't Take Fright At Bumps In The Night
Accommodation, history, Sydney, quirky, Manly
Entrance in North Head (image JW)


Situated on North Head Manly, Q Station is an interesting place to spend a Sydney weekend away. Laze away on the verandas soaking in the serenity or take a walk through history.

Views, Sydney, accommodation, Manly, history, nature
Stunning views from the accommodation (image JW)


Heritage buildings that once housed quarantined immigrants, sick families, nurses and doctors have been repurposed to provide contemporary comfort in a picturesque part of Sydney. The site of Australia's longest operating quarantine station which serviced migrant ships from 1830 to 1984 fell into disrepair after closure until private enterprise stepped in to adapt and reuse the buildings. The rooms vary from Heritage Queen rooms with private detached bathrooms to three bedroom historic cottages suitable for small groups or families with young children. The rooms are not air-conditioned but have ceiling fans, so they would be quite hot in summer.

Accommodation, history, comfort, views, Sydney, Manly
Comfortable rooms (image JW)


Cars are left in a parking area near the reception building to protect the fragile environment and native animals that live in the national park with the hotel providing shuttle buses to ferry customers and their luggage around the site. Other people choose to arrive by ferry for a day visit or evening stay.

Accommodation, nature, Sydney, Manly, history, ferry, travel
Q Station from the water (image JW)


During the evenings you may hear some scurrying outside your room. Curious possums, brush turkeys and bandicoots may be wandering the verandas and in the morning cheeky kookaburras have been known to steal bacon and croissants from breakfast plates.

Wildlife, Sydney, accommodation, nature, fauna
One of the locals (image JW)


Onsite activities include ghost and history tours, swimming, snorkelling and kayak hire at the private beach.

History, quarantine, Sydney, tours
Autoclave that were used to sterilise the suitcases of migrants (image JW)


Bush walks of the grounds as well as around North Head and into nearby Manly are popular and you can also hire bikes or catch a ferry from the wharf to nearby suburbs such as Watsons Bay or into Circular Quay or Darling Harbour.

Sydney, comfort, lounges, accommodation, leisure, holidays. relaxation
Some of the guest lounges (image JW)


The various guest lounges are uniquely decorated and provide an area for relaxation with books, tea & coffee, board games, newspapers, vending machines and a pool table.

Q Station also operates as a conference and function venue and school groups have day trips to learn about the history and nature of the area. Great deals are available such as the ghostly geataway, Vivid accommodation packages or high teas with history.

Views, Sydney, Manly, sunset, nature, beauty
Sunset over Sydney (image JW)


Stay at Q Station for some Sydney Harbour history with a side of nature.
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Why? Reconnect with family and friends in a beautiful setting
When: Whenever you feel like getting away from it all
Phone: 02 9466 1500
Where: 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW
Cost: Rooms from $199 per night, deals often available
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A cute possum, Janelle!
by Elaine (score: 3|5521) 182 days ago
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