Ghostly apparitions, weird noises, strange cool breezes and spine-tingling tales! What could be more exhilarating on a winter night? The Quarantine Station at North Head, a short drive from Manly, runs regular ghost tours for those brave enough to venture out and join one.
The Quarantine Station was built in stages from the early nineteenth century to house passengers from incoming ships with infectious diseases. It continued to be operational until the 1970s. Since 1984 buildings have been restored and it has become a popular historical site full of intriguing stories.
Ghost tours through the grounds, old buildings, hospital and morgue have been running for 15 years. Currently there are 3 regular tours on offer. Ghostly Birthday Parties for children can also be arranged.
The Adult Ghost Tour (16years ) is a 2 ½ hour walking tour with a storyteller who tells tales of mysterious occurrences from the past. Held on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 8.00pm. $44 (adult) and $36 (concession).
The Family Ghosty Tour, for children accompanied by an adult is just as much fun but shorter at 2 hours and a little less scary. Held on Friday and Saturday nights at 6.30pm. $34 (adult), $22 (concession) and $90 (family).
The Spirit Investigator (16years ) takes the ghosts seriously for 2 ½ hours as participants use a variety of equipment to make contact with past residents. Held on Friday nights 8.30pm. $44 (adult) and $36 (concession).