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.
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The experience, property, views were fantastic. If your expecting a normal hotel scenario where you can drive up to the room it’s not quite that easy. Once used to getting a bus to ferry you around the system was easy and efficient. The breakfast was great, however on a busy cold morning seating was limited. We didn’t book directly and discovered our bathroom was a couple of meters away outside the room. The accommodation was basic, small rooms, bathroom lacking attention to detail, with glass shelf in way of basin and limited space to place anything, manhole in bathroom not in place with gaping hole into the roof. Carpet stained. This aside the ghost tour was fanastic, the experience is something different. Would definitely stay again in better accommodation rooms.
The wife and I had a wonderful weekend at The Q Station, this really is a hidden gem, the location is truly spectacular. We thoroughly enjoyed touring the Q Station and taking in the detail of this historical site, the museum and guided tours add to the experience, and the Boiler house restaurant is superb. Located in the spectacular north head national park and just a short ferry ride around to beautiful Manly is relaxing and presents opportunity to explore further.
Heated bathroom flooring.
Amazing work area.
Setting is a nostalgic colonial remark.
Breakfast offering was hearty, though I would love to have hash browns.
I must say Accor did a great job at maintaining the rustic look while the authorities carry out the restoration.
Arrived at 5pm on Bus 135, coz we missed the last Manly Ferry to Q Station.
Due to the winter conditions, the roads were pitched black by then.
Only the bus' headlights were illuminating the roads.
Saw the words' Q Station' printed out in red on the board and walked towards it.
We saw a faint light at the end of the road and found out it was the Reception.
Checking in was easy.
Staff gave me the key and a bottle of wine (part of my package)
They then ferried me to my room.
At first, due to to darkness and quietness, it was quite daunting.
But once you are in the room, it was cozy and surreal.
There was a 4 tap and continuous ticking sound that went on periodically through out the night.
Considering the haunted background of Q Station, it would be easy to relate that to some paranormal activity.
As the ticking sound went on, we decided to investigate where the sound came from.
Since it returns periodically, we finally located the source to be the heater.
We had a laugh and went back to sleep.
Waking up early, you will be greeted by the lush greens surrounding the hotel and sound of waves.
There is a nice walking trails around Q Station to the Wharf Precinct where Manly Ferry would stop for drop off or pick ups. Remember to wave to the passing Manly Ferries if you want to board as the wharf is not a designated stop.
You can call the hotel to send a pick up from the wharf area to uphill where the former Hospital Precinct was. It is a reconstruction of the old building as it was burned down a few years back.
Walking further up the path behind will lead to the former Isolation Precinct where the sick patients would be held.
Continuing the path would lead to the former Third Class Precinct where it has been converted into a resort styled accommodation.
Walking down the slope would return you the former First Class Precinct.
There are many gum trees around Q Station.
So be sure to look out for Kookaburras!
The song will spontaneously start at the back of your mind.
So if you are looking for peace, tranquility, history and greens.
Do have a stay at Q Station.