Sydney Quarantine Station

In Sydney Australia overlooking the famous Sydney Harbour is a property with varies buildings sprawled across the acreage. During the day it all seems innocent enough and from a boat at night it would seem the same.

Picturesque during the day - The Manly Quarantine Station

Picturesque during the day – The Manly Quarantine Station


The property was established in the 1830’s and continued being used until 1984 as an immigration stopping point to hold people over as they came to Australia. In those times diseases such as Smallpox, Spanish Flu and even Bubonic Plague were still around and the authorities wanted to make sure that people coming from overseas did not bring these deadly afflictions in to Australia.

Due to the reason for people being there unfortunately there were deaths among the transient population. Over 500 deaths have been recorded. Nowadays the ‘Q Station’ houses a hotel, function hall and well maintained buildings exhibiting the conditions that people endured before being allowed into society.

But at night time it all looks a great deal different…

Because the Manly Q Station offers ghost tours and if you have the chance to go on one I highly recommend it! (Especially the late night one on Saturdays) At night time the buildings take on a much more sinister feel and the guides will lead you all around the property divulging some of the macabre and also sad stories that exist in the Q Station’s history.

From the old hospital wing where people have reported feeling a ghostly presence (presumed to be a former Matron) to going through the kitchens where it is regarded as the Nexus for of a lot of the occurrences at the Q Station you’ll have an opportunity to experience one of the apparently most haunted places in Australia.

There have been a number of reports made over the years about a little boy Isaac, that apparently died on the premises. Witnesses report seeing a little boy in old-style clothing running through hallways around where he was supposed to have lived.

On one of the nights I was there with two friends we were standing in a closed room and one girl asked ‘Are you there Isaac?’ While we saw no ghostly boy or heard any human voices, a lone coat hanger on the back of the door tinkled quietly against the wood in response to the question. We actually tried to then make it happen ourselves by pushing against the door and other methods, but the old wire coat hanger stayed resolutely still…

Probably the area to which the most encounters have been proscribed is that of the Quarantine Showers. Like the rest of the buildings during the day this area seems mundane enough, but at nighttime in the dark the halls take on a whole other aspect.

The shower halls at the Q Station. Definitely worth visiting at night if you want a good chance to see something paranormal.

The shower halls at the Q Station. Definitely worth visiting at night if you want a good chance to see something paranormal.

In the torch lit blackness as people move about you have to be careful to not mistake a human for something else, but it is in the shower hall that people have reported sightings of ghosts, heard strange sounds and also odd perfumes in the air.

The Quarantine Station remains one of our most prominent and easily accessible haunting places in Australia. It has also had the likes of long time paranormal investigator and host of Darkness Radio Dave Schrader as well as the team from Ghost Hunters International. That’s not to exclude the long history of people visiting that report a variety of experiences from sightings to sounds and smells to rapid changes in temperatures in rooms.

If you’re wanting more information about going on one of the tours, or even just looking in to the background of this remarkable piece of Australian History, head on over to their official web site. If you’re living in Sydney or traveling there and love a slice of the paranormal, this place is too good to pass up!

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