The eerie-but-elegant Manly Quarantine Station was used to isolate newly arrived epidemic-disease carriers between 1828 and 1972 in an attempt to limit the spread of cholera, smallpox and bubonic plague. It was then used until 1984 to house illegal immigrants. These days the ‘Q Station’ has been reborn as a tourist destination, with a museum, B&B accommodation, a ritzy restaurant and a whole swag of tour options.
The 2½-hour Adult Ghost Tour rattles some skeletons; the two-hour Family Ghosty tour softens some of the horrors. The two-hour Quarantine Station Story Tour highlights the personal stories of those who worked and waited here, while the 45-minute Wharf Wander is a truncated version for those short on time. Bookings are required for all tours.