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Third Quarantine Cemetery Tour

  • $10 per adult
  • $7 per child/concession holder
  • No tours are currently scheduled.
  • Group tours available by appointment (see below).
  • Car
  • Bus
  • Foot
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Meeting Point

North Fort Visitor Centre, 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.

Plan Ahead

By car: From Manly, follow Darley Road onto North Head Scenic Drive and pass through the stone archway and Q Station roundabout. Continue for approx. 2km and turn left at North Fort to arrive at our visitor centre and carpark.

By bus: The 135 bus service runs from Manly Wharf to North Head Sanctuary daily. For further information, including bus and ferry timetables, visit the Transport NSW website.

By foot: The walk from Manly Wharf to North Head Sanctuary is approx. 45 minutes and includes a steep incline. The park is also connected to Shelly Beach and Collins Beach by walking tracks.



Ticket prices

  • $10 per adult
  • $7 per child (aged 16 and under) or concession holder (incl. pensioners and students)

Group tours

Subject to guide availability, we accept private bookings for groups of between 15 and 30 people. To arrange a private booking, complete our group tour enquiry form.


Additional info

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

Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: The tour may contain stories (and may contain images and/or visuals) of deceased people.

Conditions: A moderate level of fitness and mobility is required as the tour includes uneven surfaces and bush tracks. It is not suitable for people with wheelchairs, mobility scooters, strollers or pram.

What to bring: Suitable walking shoes, a sunhat and wet weather gear (if needed).

Weather: 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.

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