Things to do at Q Station Manly

Recreational facilities and attractions

  • Swim and Snorkel at Quarantine Beach
  • Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Bushwalk with spectacular vantage points
  • Sydney Coast Walks
  • History, Ghost and Paranormal Tours
  • National Park Tours and Experiences
  • 5 minutes to Manly for shopping and entertainment
  • Bike Riding in Manly
  • Learn to Surf at Manly Beach
  • Diving
  • Whale Watching
  • Harbour Hopper
  • Football at Brookvale Oval
  • Harbourside Dining

Swim and Snorkel at Quarantine Beach with EcoTreasures


Q Station has the key to one of Sydney's most treasured beaches, open to all guests. Discover some of Sydney's natural treasures with expert guides and see what the ocean floor has to offer. Enjoy an unforgettable fun, relaxing Australian experience!

EcoTreasures specialises in Eco Tourism experiences of Sydney's Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, New South Wales, Australia.

Visit the EcoTreasures website for more information on their Manly & North Head experiences;

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Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Manly Kayak Centre


There is no better way to explore the famous Sydney Harbour than by paddling a kayak. Embark on a Manly Kayaks Tour and be shown this widely historical and majestic waterway. Choose from a single or double kayak, or why not try the stand up paddle board for an unforgettable experience. Manly Kayaks will provide you with everything you need for your kayak adventure.

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Bushwalk with spectacular vantage points


Head off into the wild and lose yourself in the serene environment. View some of North Head's most well kept secrets.

Learn about the endangered plant and animal communities as you watch the sun set over Sydney Harbour. Maps of the area are available from Q Station's Reception.

Sydney Coast Walks


Discover the much-loved Spit to Manly walk and North Head of Sydney Harbour on a two day adventure with Sydney Coast Walks, the Sydney walking people. Wonder at pockets of pristine bushland tucked alongside multi-million dollar harbourside homes, experience vast ocean and harbour views and stay in comfort at the unique four star accommodation of Q Station, with all meals included.

This tour has regular monthly weekend departures with private and custom tours available on request. Call Sydney Coast Walks on 02 8521 7423 for more information.

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History, Ghost & Paranormal Tours

preview_interactiveexpFrom the 1830s to 1984 migrant ships arriving in Sydney with suspected contagious disease anchored inside North Head and off-loaded passengers and crew into quarantine to protect local residents from the threat of infection.

After several weeks most passengers were released to settle as Australian residents. Some passengers experienced a first class resort, making new friends and sharing dreams of a bright new future. For others it was a far more frightening experience of disempowerment, disease and death.

To really understand what these people went through, and the spirit they left behind, we have created a range of hosted tours. These experiences offer customers varying levels of opportunity to participate in activities that bring out the underlying stories and emotions of those who were here.

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National Park Tours and Experiences


Sydney Harbour National Park protects a number of islands and foreshore areas around one of the world's most famous harbours. It offers a retreat to wildlife serenity while you learn about the day to day living experiences of early quarantine guests. Get to know species of plants and animals in more detail in one of our tours. See everything from convict built buildings to Aboriginal sites and the heritage lighthouse.

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Harbourside Dining

Dine on the edge of Sydney's amazing Harbour. Enjoy fresh modern Australian cuisine prepared to perfection by Q Station's world class chef.bhterrace beach view

Start your dining experience with a drink in the Engine Room or on the terrace. Two giant boilers have been carefully restored and the walls are covered with enormous pipes and valves that once sent steam to the autoclaves and boiling water to the showers and the laundry.

Next door in Boilerhouse Restaurant, the dining mezzanine level offers glimpses of Quarantine Beach and the open plan kitchen below. Or venture outside and enjoy your meal in a serene atmosphere surrounded by mature trees while you look out onto one of the most magnificent views in Sydney.

From the restaurant walk onto Quarantine Beach and have a swim before or after your meal, or while you enjoy a wine and conversation your children can enjoy the beach.

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Manly Shopping and Entertainment

sydney-nsw-0019Spoil yourself today at Manly's famous shopping district from high end couture to boutiques, market originals and street wear. Manly will satisfy all your shopping needs with the districts hidden lane ways, popular weekend markets and over 200 retail stores.

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Bike Riding in Manly


Cycling is an ideal way to explore Manly. Hire a bike and discover secluded coves, deserted beaches and breathtaking coastal views. With over 20kms of dedicated bike paths and off road trails, Manly caters for all levels of riders. Manly Bike Tours carry a huge range of bicycles for rent including cruisers, road bikes, off-road mountain bikes, kid's bikes and tandems.

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Learn to Surf at Manly Beach


Enjoy the rip of the tides and learn to surf with Manly Surf School, teaching surfing since 1983. Manly Surf School has been voted by Surfing Australia as the number 1 surf school in NSW.

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Scuba Diving


Experience the thrill and adventure of scuba diving with Dive Sydney. Escape to a different world, explore new places and experience a connection with nature with Dive Sydney's range of packages and courses.

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Whale Watching


The whales are back and the season has begun, don't miss out on an epic cruise adventure to see one of the most beautiful creatures in the sea performing for you live. Choose between a 3 hour Discovery Cruise or a 2 hour Adventure Cruise with Whale Watching Sydney.

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Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper

Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper Jump onto the Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper during your stay at Q Station and see what Sydney has to offer. Enjoy combo transport and entry deals with Taronga Zoo, Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife World, Luna Park, Ocean World Manly, Quarantine Station and the City Sightseeing Sydney and Bondi Explorer Bus.

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Football at Brookvale Oval


Watch the defending NRL Premiers Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles reach the top at Brookvale Oval and experience the feeling of final's football at one of Sydney's League heartlands. Enjoy the competitive environment with your friends and family for an unforgettable experience.

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