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Quarantine Station (Q Station Retreat)

“There’s just so much to do here – we wish we could have stayed longer ... particularly enjoyed the Q Station story day tour.”

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.


Getting there

Getting there:

Q Station is located at North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW. The site is five minutes' drive from Manly and 30 minutes' drive from the city.

For detailed instructions, please visit the Q Station website.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


To ensure low impact on this wonderful heritage site, Q Station has a shuttle bus service to transport customers from the day visitors' carpark at the entrance to Q Station, to the Wharf Precinct, every 20 minutes. This service starts at 10am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Important info


79 bedrooms, sleeps up to 158 guests


  • Private accommodation
  • Cafe/kiosk

Wheelchair access:


Assistance may be required to access this area. Wheelchair access may not be available on some Q Station tours.


Accommodation fees: Available on the Q Station website.

Book online now:

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Bookings are essential for accommodation, dining and tours – phone (02) 9466 1500 or visit the Q Station website

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Q Station, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan