History Tours

Find out about Q Station’s history and what the Quarantine Station was.



Step into the intriguing world of disease, death, and burials with our captivating after dark history tour of the Quarantine Station in Manly. Nestled on the picturesque shores of Sydney Harbour, this historical site unveils the harrowing tales of those who suffered during difficult times of epidemic outbreaks.

Price: Adult $65
Concession $59
Ages 15+ only


A tour especially for kids.. Experience arrival at the Quarantine Station on the RMS Niagara in 1921. A case of smallpox has been discovered as the boat steams into Sydney Harbour and everyone must be quarantined. Discover what life had been like on board the ship and how the arriving passengers were processed as they arrived at the Quarantine Station.

Time: 12:30pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $15 child
$25 adult
Adults must accompany their children during the tour.


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.

​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.

Time: 11am daily
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $25 concession
$30 adult
​$15 child
$80 family (2 adults, 2 children)


One of Australia’s most significant heritage sites, Q Station provides the perfect excursion for your Probus or other special interest group. Our experienced guides will fascinate you with the stories behind the unique history of this amazing site.

Quarantine Wander 1 hour – $25 concession
$30 adult/ $15 child/ $80 family (2 adults, 2 children)
The most accessible of our tours, you’ll explore the heritage buildings of our wharf and hospital precincts to discover the processes that arriving migrants undertook on arrival at the quarantine station. Starts and finishes at Q Station Visitor Centre.

Quarantine Station Story from 90 mins –
$39 concession/ 
$45 adults/ $35 children
On a longer tour you will have the opportunity to explore more of our beautiful harbourside national park site. As Australia’s longest continuously operating quarantine station, our site has undergone significant change over time. The Quarantine Station’s heritage buildings reflect a rich history, highlighting historical themes of gender, race and class. Regardless of the type of experience they had, the spirit forged by the people at the former Quarantine Station helped to shape our nation. Start and finish location flexible.

Additional Lunch Package $24.00 pp
Sandwich, cake, fruit, tea or coffee
(available weekdays only)

All group tours and lunch bookings are prebooked and prepaid. Minimum group size is 10 people. Groups over 20 people will be split into smaller groups.
All tours are walking tours and take place inside and outside of buildings. Please discuss options with our team at time of enquiry if there are people within your group with limited mobility.

Additional time should be allowed in your schedule to enter and / or leave the site and to experience our Visitor Centre; its free exhibition and café.


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 Quarantine Wander or Quarantine Station Story Tour.

Contact us to find out more and book group bookings.

Quarantine Station History

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.

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