What was the Quarantine Station?
For over 150 years the Quarantine Station was for many, the beginning of a new life in Australia after making the arduous & lengthy journey from their homelands. Ships suspected of harbouring people infected with contagious disease such as Spanish Influenza, Smallpox or Bubonic Plague were quarantined here so that these deadly diseases would not reach the general population in Sydney. Ultimately a success story for the growing Sydney population, it did however leave an indelible mark on those that were quarantined; tales of love and loss play out alongside themes of cultural and social change, medical history and progress.
We operate a public schedule of history tours, bookable online or in person at our onsite Visitor Centre for you to discover more about our story. Group tours are also welcome by prior arrangement.
All of our History & Ghost Tours can be booked online. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please send your name and day time contact number via email to H8773-CR5@accor.com and a member of the Q Station Tours team will be in contact as soon as possible, within business hours.
Our Wharf Precinct is the most significant place to understand the arrival and daily operations of residents at the Quarantine Station. You’ll explore the heritage buildings and discover the stories of migrants through the 19th and 20th centuries. Meet at the Visitor’s Centre at least 15 minutes before the start of your tour and make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes!
Time: 11am daily & 4.30pm every Saturday.
Duration: 45 minutes
Price: $18 adult / $10 child / $15 concession / $45 family
quarantine station story
On this longer tour you’ll discover what it was like to be quarantined! Explore the history of Sydney’s former Quarantine Station, visiting the heritage buildings and hearing personal stories of former staff and residents. Attendees must be mobile and wear comfortable walking shoes as the tour includes stairs, inclines and declines.
Time: 2pm - 4pm Saturday & Sunday
Duration: 2 hours
Price: $35 adult / $29 concession / $25 child (15 & under)
spanish flu 100 years on
Spanish Influenza has been described as the greatest pandemic in modern history. It is estimated that 500 million people, one-third of the population, became infected with this virus and the number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide. This pandemic and the returning WWI troops led to one of the busiest times at Sydney's Quarantine Station.
Visit Q Station one hundred years on to discover the personal stories and tragedies of the people involved, and see some of the key buildings which helped protect the people of Sydney against the battle of influenza.
Upcoming dates in 2019:
Sunday 19th May
Sunday 26th May
Sunday 2nd June
Sunday 7th July
Sunday 4th August
Sunday 1st September
Sunday 6th October
Sunday 3rd November
Sunday 1st December
Time: First Sunday of every month
Duration: 45 minutes
Price: $18 adult / $15 concession / $10 child (15 & under) / $45 family
private group bookings
Popular with groups of friends, colleagues, hobby and social groups - our private group tours are available for gatherings of 15 people or more to book a Wharf Wander or Quarantine Station Story Tour.