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were put into quarantine.
The station was subsequently closed in
1984 and transferred to the State
When you stay at Q Station, you stay in
comfort far beyond anything that could
have been envisaged by early inmates.
Sitting on the expansive verandahs over-
looking the water in a comfortable chair
with gin and tonic in hand, it's hard to
imagine the dark early days, the squalor of
the third class and Asiatic quarters, the
pain, the suffering and the loneliness.
Many of those quarantined paid the ulti-
mate sacrifice to keep the fledgling city of
Sydney safe from disease.
Between 1828 and 1934, 580 ships and
more than 13,000 people were quarantined
on this beautiful Sydney headland; and 572
people died here and were buried on the
site in one of three cemeteries.
The preparedness of people to submit to
quarantine meant that no disease was ever
exported from the Quarantine Station into
the new colony of Sydney.
* Sue Preston was a guest of Q Station.
Q STATION offers 71 rooms as
well as six three-bedroom cot-
tages suitable for families. The
iron beds (still on display in
the hospital) and bunks have
been replaced by supremely
comfortable beds and pillows
and the rooms are furnished in
a complementary but contem-
porary style with flat screen
TVs and mod cons.
The Spring Fair package, $140
per person twin share,
includes one night's accommo-
dation in a double room, three-
course meal for two in the
Boilerhouse Restaurant, buffet
breakfast, late check-out to
noon and wine and chocolates
on arrival. The offer is valid
until the end of November.
Relaxing and enjoying the sur-
roundings, walking in the
National Park and delving into
history are key activities. You
can also take the complimenta-
ry shuttle bus into Manly for a
spot of shopping.
Phone (02) 9466-1511,
ALL ABOARD -- Aorangi passengers
on Quarantine Wharf waiting to board
the ferry to return to Sydney after
being released from quarantine, 1935.
Image courtesy of I Brierly and the NSW
Department of Environment and Climate Change.
Five day tours & a cruise
• Great Lakes District
• Crystalline Pottery
• Dolphin / Whale Cruise
• Winery / Oysters
• Herbal Farm Experience
• Rainforest Nature Reserve
• Play on our pianola
• Full Hot & Cold Breakfast
• Two Course Dinner
• Morning Tea & Lunch
• Free pick up & return to Taree Railway Station
• All inclusive meals and admissions
• Complimentary Drink
60 MacIntosh St. FORSTER NSW 2428 Ph (02) 6555 6255
We specialise in customising tours to suit different
groups and individual needs.
Off street parking even for your luxury coach.
This is my third visit the
management and staff make
you feel welcome.
Dorothy smith - Wollongong
Very pleasant stay meals and
Mr & Mrs Edgell
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Phone: 1800 442 203
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Cruises include: All Meals • Hotel ensuite
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Unpack, Relax & Enjoy your stay
Outback Discovery Holiday:
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Free Day $679 pp twin share
valid till 31/3/2010.
Tel: (07) 4031 5664
Tropic Sunrise Holiday Units
338 Sheridan St. Cairns. QLD 4870
$490 per week
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