This past October long weekend, we signed ourselves up for a Ghostly Getaway at the heritage listed, former quarantine station up in Manly. The package included a night’s stay, a Ghostly Encounters Tour and a bottle of wine on arrival.
Being our first ghost tour ever, we didn’t know what to expect at all. The tour has some mixed reviews on Google but it’s touted as their most popular ghost tour so we thought… why the hell not?
Check in was quick and painless, then we were sent on our way but without the car because vehicle access is restricted to Q STATION vehicles only. This is in the best interest of the native wildlife as well as for other guests. The walk down to the Former First Class Precinct from reception only took a 10 minute walk but you could also catch a shuttle down.
About Q STATION
Situated on the North Head of Manly, Q STATION offers an array of activities and experiences to its guests. The 30 hectare site is a fully integrated location offering accommodation, function venues and stretches of green perfect for events, conferences and weddings.
The buildings within Q STATION have been kept in their original condition, in fact, the hotel rooms are the exact same ones that migrants would have stayed in back in the day.
The Deluxe Queen Suite With Harbour Views
We were booked into a deluxe queen suite in the Former First Class Precinct featuring open harbour views, French-style doors and our very own bathroom. At first, the room appeared somewhat unimpressive especially for AccorHotels-run accommodation, but the longer we explored the room the more we appreciated it for its history.
The room also had a ceiling fan, a wall-mounted heater but no air conditioning unit in sight! But then we figured it would be for the sake of preserving their buildings so guests will also be able to enjoy this piece of history in years to come.
There was definitely an eeriness about the room. Chris and I discussed how crazy it was that our room would’ve been considered “First Class” back in the day. But I guess you would be hoping to be released from quarantine shortly after arrival so it’s not too shabby at all for temporary accommodation!
The thin walls didn’t make for great sound absorption though because we were woken by our neighbours in the early morning when they checked out. Their conversations were clear as day, not to mention how heavy handed/footed they were when towing their luggage out onto the balcony.
Wharf Precinct & Quarantine Beach
Before our ghost tour, we wandered around the grounds and checked out Quarantine Beach.
Above is a pre-tour photo of the autoclaves that were used to disinfect the luggage of passengers. Our tour guide later that night told us there’s been some paranormal activity here in recent times. Imagine being shut in there in the dark of night by a mischievous ghost!
This was the luggage processing centre turned visitor centre where we convened for our ghost tour. It also featured several (dimly lit) rooms of exhibits and plaques explaining how the quarantine station was operated and by who.
I would love to do a ghostly sleepover here! But the Monte Cristo Homestead is next on my list of ghostly adventures…