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Guided Third Quarantine Cemetery Tour at North Head Sanctuary in Manly.

Third Quarantine Cemetery Tour

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  • $11 per adult
  • $8 per child
  • $8 per concession
  • $8 per senior
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  • Scheduled tour: 11am to 12pm, select Sundays
  • Duration: 60 minutes 
  • Group tours available (Mon-Fri)
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Meeting point

North Head Sanctuary Visitor Centre (located in the North Fort precinct), North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, NSW 2095


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Established in 1881 for victims of a smallpox epidemic, the Third Quarantine Cemetery at North Head Sanctuary, Manly, is included on Australia’s National Heritage List as a significant example of the nation’s evolving quarantine practices.

By the time of the cemetery’s closure in 1925, more than 240 people had been interred there, having succumbed to ravages including influenza, the bubonic plague, smallpox and scarlet fever.

During a 60-minute tour of this historically-rich site, our knowledgeable guide will share stories of those who succumbed to the ravages of small pox, the plague and other epidemics. Attendees will also experience the natural beauty of this final resting place, including unspoiled views of Sydney Harbour.



Book tickets for one of our regularly scheduled tours or arrange a private tour for your group.

Join our next scheduled tour (select Sundays)

Tickets are $11 per adult, $8 per child (16 and under) and $8 per concession holder (incl. pensioners and students).

Request a group tour

Subject to guide availability, we accept private group bookings for groups of 8 to 16 people. To request a private group tour, complete our enquiry form. 

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Embark on our next Third Quarantine Cemetery tour to hear the stories of those who succumbed to the ravages of small pox, the plague and other epidemics.
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Plan Ahead

Planning to book a tour? For a hassle-free experience, refer to the information below ahead of your trip.

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For information about getting to the Third Quarantine Cemetery, including by public transport, see: Visit North Head Sanctuary. This webpage also contains information on visitor parking and public facilities.

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Although this is an all-ages tour, people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are advised that the tour contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.

Site conditions arrow

A moderate level of fitness and mobility is required on this tour. The tour includes uneven surfaces and bush tracks and is not suitable for wheelchairs, mobility scooters or prams . You must comply with all directions of the Guides, Rangers and Security.

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Suitable walking shoes, a sunhat and wet weather gear (if needed). Long pants recommended.

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This tour will proceed regardless of weather conditions except in the event of extreme weather. If the Rural Fire Service declares an extreme or catastrophic fire danger rating for the Greater Sydney Region (area 4), tours will be cancelled. Participants will be notified via email if the tour is cancelled and a full refund of the ticket price will be made. 

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To exchange your ticket(s) or request a refund, please contact our ticket solutions provider, Ticketbooth, via their support webpage:

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Helpful links

Want to learn more about North Head Sanctuary, including North Fort and the Third Quarantine Cemetery? You may find these links useful.