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Quarantine Station (Q Station Retreat)

Sydney Harbour National Park


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A visit to Q Station Retreat - once North Head Quarantine Station - is a great experience. Take one of Sydney's best ghost tours, try the restaurant, or stay overnight in heritage accommodation.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Cabin
Bedrooms 79
Maximum guests 158
Facilities Cafe/kiosk

Available on the Q Station website.

Entry fees Park entry fees apply
Bookings Bookings are essential for accommodation, dining and tours – phone (02) 9466 1500 or visit the Q Station website
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A visit to Q Station Retreat – formerly North Head Quarantine Station – is a great experience for all ages.

As well as the rich natural history of Sydney Harbour National Park, Q Station Retreat offers beautifully restored heritage accommodation, fine dining at the Boilerhouse Restaurant and a range of experiences to suit young and old. All this combines to make Q Station a wonderful place to stay, relax and enjoy the best of what Sydney has to offer. Home to one of Sydney's premiere conference and wedding venues, Q Station Retreat is the ideal Sydney Harbour escape.

In line with its historical significance – it was established in 1832 to quarantine early immigrants afflicted by disease – the station is said to be one of Australia’s most haunted places. Who’s that knocking at your door?

Take the fun ghost tour, join an informative lecture, swim or snorkel nearby or walk or kayak to Manly, just minutes away, for entertainment, nightlife and iconic Manly Beach.

Take a virtual tour of Quarantine Station (Q Station Retreat) on Google Street View.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Conservation program:

Fort Denison heritage collection project

Fort Denison is home to a wealth of historic heritage. The Fort Denison heritage collection project invited volunteers to locate, identify, document, conserve, interpret and make accessible the heritage collections in Sydney Harbour National Park. This allowed NPWS to engage with the community and ensure our collections are protected.

 Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan
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Park info

  • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay carpark: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per calendar day - additional time can be purchased.

    Other fees:

    Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour Islands. Fort Denison can only be visited on a tour. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands, you'll need to book and pay landing fees beforehand. To arrange, please contact 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

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      (02) 9960 6266
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Wednesday to Friday
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    • Fax: (02) 9960 3965
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Q Station, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan