Quarantine Station

Between the 1830s and 1980s, nearly 16,000 people visited the Quarantine Station in North Head near Manly. Located in an impressive Sydney Harbour National Park, this landmark has an incredible history unknown to many.

The Quarantine Station’s heritage buildings reflect a rich history, highlighting historical themes of gender, race and class. Thousands of carved sandstone engravings record the quarantined passengers’ diverse cultural and social backgrounds and varying experiences. For over 100 years, it served as the gatekeeper between potentially sick immigrants and sick residents, as well as the colony and country beyond.It was a place that allowed protection for the coastal cities from plague epidemics.

The Quarantine Station became a place with a compelling tale of survival, where people either recovered from illness or never left. It can be said that the spirits of those who endured the quarantine process helped to shape our nation today.

North Head is also a place of historical relevance. Some of the earliest contact and formative interactions between Aboriginal clans and the British colonialists occurred at this site. On 29th January 1788, Captain Hunter and Lieutenant Bradley landed on Quarantine Beach during an initial survey of Sydney Harbour just three days after the First Fleet arrived in Port Jackson.Today the site is listed on both State and Commonwealth heritage registers as an integral element of North Head and its Aboriginal, natural and cultural significance.

The original buildings now operate 4.5-star accommodation, function spaces, fine dining at the Boilerhouse Restaurant and Bar and an interpretive exhibition in the Visitor Centre.

Next time you’re cruising past North Head, take in the beauty of the National Park and pay your respects to the history of this land.

Interested in stopping off at the Boilerhouse Restaurant? Click below to view upcoming availability.

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