Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park
What We Love
- Waking to birdsong, courtesy of native currawongs, wattlebirds and rainbow lorikeets, in Australia’s largest city
- Steampunk meets fine dining at the harborside Boilerhouse restaurant
- Privacy born of spaciousness; Q Station sprawls over 88 acres within Sydney Harbour National Park
- Outdoor activities on your doorstep, from sea kayaking to ghost tours of the quarantine station
What To Know
- Rooms have no AC because they’re heritage-listed, but there are ceiling fans and electric heaters
- This is a good place to take a break from e-mail; WiFi is a pricey $9 an hour ($28 for 24 hours)
- A popular wedding and conference venue, Q Station is spacious enough that it’s also ideal for couples seeking a romantic escape
- No private vehicles are allowed on the site; a shuttle bus loops the property from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Parking On Site
Harborside heritage meets 21st century. Q Station’s 81 rooms and suites occupy a cluster of elegantly restored 19th-century weatherboard and brick buildings, including seven three-bedroom cottages, many with wide colonial verandas facing rolling lawns, the harbor or pockets of Australian bush — so there’s a good chance you’ll see native animals such as brushtail possums and monitor lizards. Public areas such as the Carpenter’s Arms (a former pub) and the First Class Lounge feature period touches including black-and-white photographs of the quarantine station’s first guests: newly arrived steamship passengers living in perfect isolation for up to 40 days to keep the colony disease-free.
Bed and Bath
Sky-high ceilings, sheer white floor-to-ceiling curtains, original doors with glass panels, and sash windows that rattle when you open them add romance to the otherwise contemporary decor. In keeping with Q Station’s eco-ethic, the Appelles Apothecary bath products are certified organic, and they bring the Australian bush indoors with such scents as lemon myrtle. The charming three-bedroom cottages also have voluptuous brocade couches and spacious kitchens equipped with stove, microwave, toaster, kettle and Nespresso coffee machine; free Arnott’s biscuits are a homey touch.
Wander down the metal staircase from the accommodation area and you’ll come to the almost secret Quarantine Beach, the perfect spot for a swim or to watch the sunset. The nearby Luggage Store Visitor Centre, on the wharf, has a small outdoor café, a souvenir shop and a museum with authentic artifacts such as steamer trunks and 19th-century medical instruments. Also at the wharf is the industrial-looking Boilerhouse restaurant, which has pipes running across bare brick walls inside, an outdoor terrace, friendly five-star service and a simple but sophisticated menu featuring Australian classics such as Harvey Bay scallops and King Island beef served with Australian, French and New Zealand wines. Latitude 33s, the on-site spa, offers massages as well as one-day, weekend and seven-day health and wellbeing retreats.
In the Area
Q Station is the perfect launch pad for land- and sea-based adventures. Want to paddle the nearby coves and beaches? Rent a kayak or standup paddleboard, and Manly Kayak Centre will bring it to Quarantine Beach for you. Book a whalewatching, sailing or parasailing tour and you can be picked up at the Q Station wharf. Even the Ecohopper ferry service to Sydney’s central business district stops here. Manly Bike Tours will deliver bikes, too, so you can ride to North Head’s lookouts and downhill to world famous Manly Beach. After dark, explore one of Australia’s most haunted sites on a surprisingly spooky Quarantine Station ghost tour.
How to Get There
Q Station - Experience the spectacular views over Sydney Harbour this property has to offer while relaxing in the modern accommodation.Fantastic staff,24/7 reception and shuttle bus.Great restaurant's and breakfast to look forward to.Stunning walking tracks private beach and look out for the wildlife. Free museum filled with so much fascinating history about the property, ghost tours and much more definitely something for everyone !!!! We'll be back. Marc Sartor and friends.
History abounds in this incredible location, the old Quarantine Station for Sydney. The accommodation is authentic to its original use albeit it has been modernised for todays travellers. This isn't meant to be luxurious accommodation but it is modern, clean and tastefully furnished. Some rooms have external private bathroom facilities so just be aware when you book if you would prefer an internal ensuite. The bed was extremely comfortable and the location quiet for a good nights sleep. There is no safe in the room and although WiFi is available, I wasn't able to connect to it during my stay. The check-in is a bit quirky as you leave your car at the hotel reception carpark and are then transported by mini bus to your accommodation. It certainly adds to the feeling that you are stepping back into bygone days. The accommodation is spread out but the mini bus runs 24/7 and you only have to ring to be collected if you have an event to get to quickly. There is a bar, excellent restaurant, great coffee shop and a little private beach for swimming. You can also do a nightly ghost tour of the Q station's historic buildings. There is a hop on/hop off ferry that comes to the Q Station wharf so you can easily get to other locations on Sydney's vast harbour. Plus, you have all the wonderful bushland walks and amazing views of North Head Sanctuary nearby. You would find plenty to do if you decided to stay for more than one night. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
This is a very quirky place to stay, with so much history to absorb. The accommodation is perfectly clean and tidy, but not 'luxurious,' as the rooms are in the original passenger accommodation blocks. All the buildings have been faithfully restored and there are concessions to comfort with an excellent coffee shop, bar and restaurant, guest lounges and plenty of activities for all ages. We wished we had stayed an extra night, as 2 were not enough to explore all of North Head. A reasonable level of fitness is required to walk the site, but all rooms have ramps and there is a 24 hour minibus service.
In my personal opinion the rooms are slightly over priced. Its a bit of a hassle not being able to park at the accommodation, BUT it is a lot safer to walk around without having to worry about vehicles driving everywhere, although shuttle service runs 24/7. BUT the seclusion and heritage of the buildings make up for it. The staff are friendly and helpful, although one of the housekeeping staff claimed to not speak English. But all in all not bad if you require little to have a nice quiet time.
Average. Arrived during a black out (not the accomodations fault) but emergency lighting only lasted 30mins- not up to scratch. Phone lines were down most of the stay. No hot water on day one and no apology or given any other options to shower. Weren’t allowed to bring cars in- had to take shuttle buses instead. Average wait time was 12-15mins for us. Longest wait was nearly 30 mins. We were staying for a wedding and ended up walking to the ceremony after waiting nearly 20 mins for a bus to arrive. Some staff were excellent and friendly, others rude and abrupt. Wedding was lovely but accommodations and attitudes of some staff could be improved.