The historic Quarantine Station is located on North Head, an area that has long been rich in important cultural and spiritual significance to the land’s traditional owners.
Chosen in 1832 as the ideal site for the development of a quarantine facility, due to its isolation, deep anchorage options, freshwater spring and proximity to the entrance to Sydney Harbour, the Quarantine Station’s history and heritage reflect the evolving cultural landscape of colonial Australia,
It also demonstrates the impact of changing social attitudes and scientific and medical developments.
The Station’s small but comprehensive museum relays the historical, material, social, cultural, and political influences in the evolution of the site.
The site’s 65 heritage buildings reflect a rich history. The diverse character of the buildings evolved over time, reflecting both changing institutional practices and episodic expansions when the Station’s facilities were in high demand due to larger disease outbreaks.
A range of tours and a selection of education programs make the site a popular destination for day visitors, history buffs and school groups.
Besides its splendid natural beauty and evocative history, the Quarantine Station also has the reputation of being haunted!