Bruny Island Quarantine Station

Bruny Island Quarantine Station

Bruny Island Quarantine Station
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Heritage Interpretive Walk enhances any visit to this beautiful peninsula with the varied history of the site well explained and directional signs in place. The full walk will take you from the Nuenonne people's sign to the site of the first European settlers cottage and the Shelter Cove stone jetty site. From there the walk takes you past the site of quarantine buildings where saloon and steerage passengers were lodged to the hospital area where some buildings still stand. Further on past the campsites where soldiers were quarantined on their return from WWI the trail takes you to the site of the Quarantine Bay jetty then up through the bush to the 1919 graves of influenza victims and the remains of an old chimney thought to have been constructed by German prisoners of war who, while detained at the Quarantine Station, cut firewood for Hobart. The walk continues past some fenced areas that were used for growing crops during the plant quarantine period, past the plant quarantine glass houses and back to the car park in the barley paddock. The whole walk takes about 2 hours unless of course you are delayed by photographing the wild flowers, including orchids, or bird watching or just enjoying the environment. A one hour option excludes the graves and chimney or you can just enjoy a short stroll and make use of our picnic tables. Open 5 days a week Thursday - Monday (Closed Tue/Wed)from 10 am to 4 pm Closed Christmas Day
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Makka M
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great place but no dogs allowed. It amazes me why all the hype around Bruny Island. Don't get me wrong. Nice scenery and all but a complete overhype on advertising. Warning to anyone with a pet. Apparently they are evil beasts- all of them, he'll bent on destroying everything!!!! They are are only as bad as their owners, most of which are good responsible people!

Advertising for Bruny says come all, come many but you get here and there is no dog signs only posted when you get to a location after trvalling there. Even the full glossy brochure given on the boat to Bruny sprooks gleefully all the things to do BUT is glaringly missing a single mention of pets not allowed or allowed at any of the attractions. You only find this out on arrival or deeply looking at a website where it mentions in small print at the end. Sadly Bruny IS NOT A DOG FRIENDLY PLACE!!!! Minimal places to take your dog friend but will say whilst national parks are grinches many of the food places willing to accommodate dogs or pets where we went so at least they have it right.
Written 16 April 2024
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alanb71
Hobart, Australia70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Super interesting great talk at the start. Great layout. We would come back to redo another self guided tour beautiful area
Written 2 October 2022
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Felicity H
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
My sisters and I spent a good three hours exploring this fascinating site. It was very interesting to learn about the quarantine procedures used in the 19th century, as well as those put in place for returning soldiers in 1919, due to the pneumonic (Spanish) flu epidemic. So sad to read what was learned during that process, that has subsequently been forgotten - but great to be able to walk all over the site and imagine the experiences of those involved. Extracts from diaries and letters, and some wonderful photos, help in this process. We also loved chatting with the volunteer caretakers who at the moment are from Canberra.
It's disappointing that the Parks and Wildlife Service don't mention the Station on their website, so visitor numbers remain low. I hope this review will help change that.
Written 11 September 2022
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Kasia
Launceston, Australia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Visiting the Quarantine Station was an interesting look at our history, and has particular relevance with the recent outbreak of covid in the world. 100 years ago, the 'spanish' flu was raging through the world, and places such as this Quarantine Station screened travellers from overseas, including sailors, passengers from ships, returning soldiers from World War I. Back then masks and protective clothing had to be worn by medical staff (not lightweight and disposable as today, but heavy cotton that had to be sent to the laundry for cleansing). All those who complained about having to endure the restrictions of the covid outbreak, need to look at what happened back in 1919, and how the people at the frontline, citizens, and returning soldiers, just 'got on with it'! And also remember, back then, infection control was quite primitive, and there was no opportunity to get a vaccine. Visiting the Quarantine Station is an absolute necessity to get a 'reality check'
Written 25 May 2022
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John J
Liverpool, Australia171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
A lot of history at this quarantine station. This station was used to quarantine plants and humans. Nice views including a fish farm. The on-site volunteers who manage the facility were very friendly and informative.
Written 19 June 2021
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Thankyou John for your review Rob Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station
Written 27 July 2021
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Mike Taylor
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We stopped in here on impulse and found a fascinating historical journey with a well preserved establishment. We could have spent half the day there learning about the history and doing the walks. The guide Rob was very welcoming and informative.
Written 18 November 2019
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Mrs Dierickx
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
Surprisingly interesting with lots of history, and very passionate and knowledgeable volunteers. A wonderful afternoon!
Written 18 September 2019
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Leonie T
Blaxland, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
By chance took the dirt road to see the station, it was very interesting and highly recommend a visit. Grounds and building nicely cared for by volunteers and to their credit. Job well done. Thank you...interesting history
Written 12 April 2019
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188petere
Brisbane, Australia1,632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Didn't seem to rate heavily of suggested tourist visits but think it should be. Lots of history & quite varied from the 1840's & really interesting to read through the history that has been collected & is now displayed.

It is on the north island & not far from the ferry & the site looks west toward the mainland providing some nice water views. There are various buildings on site from the various eras the site has been ised for. There are a few walking tracks with good signage and maps available from the visitor centre.

The property was initially used by settlers (convict history), then for boat quarantine, then an influenze pandemic station, where the WW1 returned soldiers landed & waited to see if they had influenza before going into Tasmania, and finally a plant quarantine station (testing trees and plants to ensure no diseases & safe for use in Australia).

Site maintained and promoted by Parks & volunteers, I think definitely worth a visit.
Written 25 November 2018
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Thankyou Peter We pride ourselves on being a hidden gem !!!! and thamkyou for your detailed review. It is wonderful to read feedback about our efforts. Rob ....for Friends of Bruny Island Quarantine Station
Written 27 November 2018
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Tony P
Melbourne, Australia386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Couples
Okay folks you have to drive on an unpaved (dirt) road to get here, its not that hard just drive a bit slower if you're not comfortable. This place is very well setup and there is no cost other than what you are prepared to donate. Staffed by a volunteer, they rotate in for a month at time, you get quite a good briefing about the place and there is a self-guided and easy to follow tour.
A piece of Australian history most people would know nothing about.
Well worth a visit!!!
Written 15 July 2018
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Thankyou Tony We are so pleased that you visited and found our caretakers and our interpretation useful. Bruny has lots of unsaved roads and your advice of driving slower is valuable to the uninitiated. Cheers Rob
Written 20 July 2018
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