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.
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.
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.
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.
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.