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“Wharf Wander- a Taster tour”

Quarantine Station Day Tour
Ranked #13 of 24 Tours in Manly
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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Wharf Wander- a Taster tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

My husband and I took our 10 year old grandson on the 'wharf wander' 45 minute tour at very short notice. We were the only attendees and our guide Sarah asked what we were most interested in. Grandson said diseases, so she focused on that aspect of the station.
We had last toured the station in 2006 before the hotel was built so we noticed some differences e.g. the dormitory blocks are not available as they are now part of the hotel.
We all greatly enjoyed the tour, Sarah is very knowledgeable and paced it just right for a very inquisitive 10 year old [and the oldies]
The tour incorporates the shower buildings where the unfortunate quarantined suspects had to be disinfected, the autoclaves where their luggage was disinfected-or more likely, ruined, old hospital buildings, the morgue, and a close up look at ‘graffiti' marks left by some who stayed there. It was a gorgeous sunny winter day, and after the tour we went whale watching at North head [ yes we saw some]
Grandson loved it and next time he is in Sydney we will do a longer tour.
There is a very good history of the Q station museum on the wharf-that is free to visit any time.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Globetrottin_Grannie
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English first
Hobart, Australia
2 reviews
“One of Sydneys hidden historical treasures”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

I attended the day tour with a friend on a very wet winters day, yet this didn't stop the tour being very enjoyable. Our guide was Sarah, who's upbeat personality, passion for the subject and knowledge made the tour very enjoyable and memorable. We were provided with a large umbrella, and much of the tour takes you indoors to different buildings anyway. In fact the drizzly, rainy weather added to the somberness of the stories being told, to create a very moving atmosphere. If it has been a nice sunny day, the beautiful views may have in fact been quite distracting. The 2 hrs was needed to cover so much history and explore the various buildings. A very comprehensive and enjoyable historic tour I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Sydney, wanting to know what it was like for maritime arrivals and locals since the initial English settlement of New South Wales.

Visited June 2013
Thank Sue R
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Sydney, Australia
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52 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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“Q - A Tribute to Early Settlers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

This restored Heritage site contains both a museum and boutique hotel at North Head on Sydney Harbour. It is located in Manly which is easily accessed by a 30 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay across the world's most splendid harbour. You will need to preregister for this one hour tour ... mine featured an excellent tour guide who brightened up this grim history of disease and quarantine with tall tales in the mortuary, disinfecting showers, hospital and accommodation. Other tours feature ghost stories and opportunities to explore Manley Scenic Walkway, bush tours and visits to forts and bunkers on Manly Head ... a great daytrip for all visitors to Sydney!

Visited March 2013
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Tasmania, Australia
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“Well worth the $”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2011

What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. An interesting trip back to the early days of Quarantine in Australia, when it was more focused on human diseases. The guide Martin was brilliant, taking us on the journey that many settlers arriving into Sydney by ship experienced. From the inhalation chambers, that cleansed the lungs to the showers with carbolic acid which took the first layer of skin off, to the mortuary. Martin was informative, funny and always had the answer to the most bizarre questions. There is a restaurant on site but we did not eat there. The visitors centre is the only let down on the site, it could do with more staff working when a tour is on, and lockers for storing bags when you are on the tour, the staff member said I could leave my bag with her, but I don't think that is appropriate. Work is still being undertaken on the site to return it to how it was in it's full working days and I would definately return in a couple of years. Quite a bit of walking involved.

Visited February 2011
2 Thank Archer_011
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