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Quarantine Station


“My sister didn’t even make it to the rear of the building as she could feel something pulling on the back of her T-shirt..”

In December of 2015, my partner, mum, sister and I went on a weekend trip to away to one of, if not THE most haunted locations in Australia — Sydney’s Quarantine Station (Q station) located on the North Heads of Sydney Harbour in Manly. Parts of the former Quarantine Station have been converted into accommodation and the site is also popular for weddings, private functions, weekend getaways and of course, ghost tours.

That being said, it’s no big surprise that with such a dark history many souls still seem to roam the grounds and buildings of Sydney’s Q Station, which is what we were hoping to hear, see or even capture on camera during our guided ghost tour of the site. We joined a group of approximately 15 people on the jetty at sunset on the Q Station’s private beach. What started out as a beautiful summer evening was about to get very, very creepy.

There was definitely no easing us into this tour. We went straight in the deep end, visiting one of the sites most haunted locations, the shower block. The Quarantine Station was established in August 1832 to regulate the risk of diseases such as Bubonic Plague, Smallpox, Cholera, Tuberculosis, Typhoid and Spanish Flu coming into the colony of NSW either through the immigration of convicts, European settlers, and merchant shipping and was in operation up until 1984. During its operation, more than 26,000 passengers passed through the Q Station staying onsite for up to 40 days. For many though, this location is where they lived out their final days in pain and suffering.

The Shower Block

This block was one of the first buildings those arriving by ship would have visited too. Passengers were stripped of their clothing (which was then decontaminated in a separate building) and given a chemical shower. This was to treat lice, germs and any other skin infections and the treatment would cause their skin to peel for days after. The shower block is extremely eerie and does not emit a pleasant feeling within the walls.

During our visit, two people at a time were allowed to walk down the centre of the shower block. When it was our turn, we approached the end of the corridor and chose to turn left. On our return to the building’s entry, the temperature dropped dramatically! The air was ice cold and my hands and face were absolutely freezing. It felt like someone was right behind us and I wanted to run, but being in absolute darkness it wouldn’t have been safe to do so. My sister didn’t even make it to the rear of the building as she could feel something pulling on the back of her T-shirt. Many others who chose the same route as us had similar experiences.

Visitors on other tours and even staff have had encounters of a different nature. Some have heard the voice of a Scottish lady whispering in their ears as they walked through the doors of the shower block. Others have seen a tall man in a hat, a matron-like female with blood stains on her dress. While others have witnessed a creature crawling along the floors and over the shower partitions.

The nurses quarters and hospital/infirmary are other buildings where many staff and visitors have heard disembodied voices and children. One particular building we visited where I experienced some seriously bad vibes, was the undertaker’s house, right at the very back of the property. Walking to this building was scary enough … and then you walk through thick spider webs. Not pleasant. I highly recommend walking behind others on this tour, especially when walking through scrub.

The Undertaker’s House

Now the undertaker does not like people in his house, and to be honest I didn’t like being in his house either. It was scary as hell!! We were allowed to walk freely around the house and take photos. Some members in our tour group asked for signs of a presence or noises to be made. One rule however was, ‘do not close the bedroom door’ when you go into the undertaker’s bedroom!’. I wasn’t one to take chances so I followed the rules, and I’m glad I did.

As soon as I walked in the room not only did the temperature drop like it did in the shower block, but I felt strong pressure around my chest. It was extremely hard to breathe and I could only stay in the room for a matter of seconds. It was not pleasant at all.

After leaving the house, we were then told why we weren’t allowed to close the door in the bedroom of the house. Previous visitors have experienced the door slamming and have had trouble opening it once it closed.

A Spooky Visitor

After the tour of the Quarantine Station, we retired to our hotel rooms, and thankfully didn’t experience anything spooky during the night. After checking out the following morning, we made our way back to the jetty to wait for the ferry. We still had some time up our sleeves so while we waited, my mum walked back to the shower block to read the information board.

While she was reading the board, she took a few snaps and I saw a lady come out of the shower block and walk over to mum. They had a brief chat before the lady walked back into the building.

En-route back to Circular Quay, I asked my mum what she talked about with the lady at the shower block. Surprised, mum asked “what lady?”. I explained to her that I saw a lady in black walk over to her while we were waiting for her at the jetty.

Mum swore no one was talking to her. Later we looked back at the photos she took of the information board and in one, you could see not only my mum’s silhouette, but also that of another person. Spoooooooky!

Swipe to see the spooky visitor!

After our stay at Sydney’s Q Station, I’d highly recommend checking this place out. If you’re scared easily — like my sister — I’d say visit at your own risk. I’ve recommended this tour to friends of mine who were visiting Sydney and they said they’d never go back. EVER!!!!

Click here for more information on Sydney’s Quarantine Station ghost tours.


Owen is a paranormal enthusiast and has visited locations throughout Victoria and New South Wales.


Owen is a paranormal enthusiast and has visited locations throughout Victoria and New South Wales.

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