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Quarantine Station (Q Station Retreat)

Important information

Alerts for Sydney Harbour National Park: closed areas, fire bans


Updated: 01/11/2014 12:01 AM

“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, swim or snorkel nearby or walk or kayak to Manly, just minutes away, for entertainment, nightlife and iconic Manly Beach.


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:

Use a secure payment gateway to book now.

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

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- Alerts

Sydney Harbour National Park

closed areas

Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages currently unavailable for booking. (Ends Tuesday 30 December)

New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings. It’s expected that an announcement about this process will be made later in 2014.
Locations affected: Constables Cottage, Green Point Cottage, Steele Point Cottage
Gap Bluff Headland walking track closure
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is upgrading the Gap Bluff Headland walking track and viewing platforms in Sydney Harbour National Park from 7 October 2014 to 28 November 2014. The area will be closed for safety reasons during this time. It is anticipated that the work may be completed in early November but progress is dependant upon the weather conditions.
 Previously completed stages of the upgrade included the construction of two viewing platforms and interconnecting walking tracks. The final stage of construction will provide further upgrades to two additional viewing areas and associated walking track.
For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 9337 5511.
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed - Nielsen Park
The Nielsen Park shark net has been re-installed following annual winter maintenance.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Saturday 1 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:

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