A heritage experience in Sydney

Looking for a Sydney hotel with a difference? How about a property that was once a quarantine station and is said to have its very own ghost? Mirvac-managed Q Station offers a unique heritage, a historic reminder of Australia’s immigrant past – and it’s in a spectacular location overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Q Station is set in a secluded sandy cove beside native bushland and towering cliffs. With views spanning the broadest reaches of the harbour from the city to the seaside suburb of Manly, it is without doubt one of the most dramatic locations in Sydney.

It is not a CBD property: it takes 35 minutes to reach Q Station from the city centre. An excellent location for a conference, or an offbeat incentive trip, and a great place for those who enjoy being near a beach.

Q Station occupies the site of Australia’s first and longest-running quarantine station, a place of internment for more than 13,000 people over one and a half centuries. Ships suspected of carrying disease were at one time diverted to Q station, unloading their passengers for an enforced stay of several days (or many weeks) until the threat had passed. The majority either avoided infection or recovered, but at least 500 died and were buried on site.

Today Q Station provides a moving insight into the lives of early migrants to and the medical tribulations and advances that evolved during the ealy years of Sydney.

More than 70 heritage guest rooms and suites have been created at Q Station within the original first and second class accommodation wings, offering sweeping views across the harbour from their verandas. Each room is decorated in contemporary style, offering modern comforts, such as flat-screen televisions and wi-fi internet access, while preserving the heritage features of the buildings.

The station’s original boilerhouse has been turned into a stylish and very popular restaurant, while the wharfside luggage store has been developed into a ‘must see’ museum and visitor centre.