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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.

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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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Request a group tour

Want to arrange a Third Quarantine Cemetery Tour for a large group? Request a group tour using the webform on this page.

Subject to guide availability, we accept private group bookings from Monday to Friday. To request a private group tour, complete the form on this page.

Note: Bookings are required no fewer than 10 business days in advance of the requested date. All enquiries will receive a response within 5 business days. 

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Tour details
*Bookings are available between Monday and Friday (subject to guide availability). Due to high demand, bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance.
In case we can't accommodate your first preference, please nominate an alternative date (between Monday to Friday).

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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  • Weather conditions: 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. 
  • To ensure the safety of participants and Harbour Trust staff, at the discretion of the Harbour Trust, any participant(s) who appears intoxicated, disruptive or displays consistently unsafe behaviour, will not be permitted to take part in the tour, and / or may be asked to leave the tour at any time. Refunds will not be provided.
  • Cancellation / rescheduling: The Harbour Trust reserves the right to cancel, reschedule or alter tour dates and routes at its discretion. In instances where tours are cancelled or rescheduled, the Harbour Trust will endeavour to contact all pre-booked ticket holders, within a reasonable amount of time prior to the scheduled tour date and time. If the tour is cancelled by the Harbour Trust at its discretion, the Customer may contact the Harbour Trust and reschedule or seek a refund.
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  • First Nations peoples: Our First Nations community are advised that this tour contains stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased persons.
  • Site conditions: 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.
  • Safety: All visitors must comply with the safety directives issued by guides, rangers and security staff.
  • Age restriction: People under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
What to bring arrow

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

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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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Helpful links

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