We encourage school groups to spend some time before or after the tour exploring the Wharf Precinct, including the historical exhibit in the Visitor Centre and playing on Quarantine beach; or on the former recreation reserve behind the laundry. If you would like to do so, please let us know so that we can help facilitate your visit.
To insure safety, management and an overall quality educational experience, we ask that school groups maintain a minimum ratio of one supervising adult per 24 students. Whilst we prefer to keep class groups together, 24 students is the preferred maximum number for any one guide, unless arranged beforehand. The minimum number for education programs is generally 15 students. If you have fewer students, please contact us to make arrangements.
The Quarantine Station is a National Park. While all attempts have been made to secure the safety of visitors to the site, it remains a natural and wild environment. All educational programs and activities take place outdoors and require walking up and down some reasonably steep hills (200 metres) on sealed and unsealed surfaces. All visitors should come prepared with sufficient water and wearing appropriate clothing including sunscreen, hats and close-toed shoes.
Some of the site is accessible by wheelchair but not all of it. Disabled toilets are available but not all toilets onsite are wheelchair accessible. Please indicate on your booking form if you have any students with special needs.
We may provide transportation via our shuttle bus in and out of the site before and/or after the tour to facilitate effective movement of visitors but this is not a guarantee and you should expect to walk in and out of the site with your students unless you have made prior arrangements.
There is NO provision for coaches to drive in, park, or turn around within Quarantine Station grounds. Coaches must drop students off at the round-about at the entrance. There is ample parking further out on North Head. Note that the gates to the North Head close at 10PM and there is a fine to have them opened after hours. Please inform your coach driver of these conditions before arriving at the site to facilitate a safe drop-off of the students.
Q Station guides will meet you at the entrance to the site and accompany your group after the tour to facilitate safe offloading and onloading of passengers.
food & beverage
Our Visitor Centre kiosk offers a limited selection of hot and cold drinks; savoury and sweet snacks 7 days a week. Order in advance click here for the menu/order form to have us cater a sandwich or pizza for lunch/dinner before or after your tour. Please email the completed form to
a minimum of 10 working days before your visit.
terms & conditions
While we make every effort to insure consistency and accuracy across all of our educational programs, we reserve the right to substitute, alter or vary the content and the buildings visited.