Historic Quarantine Station Family Fun Day

Quarantine Station at North Head was swarming with families young and old at yesterday’s Family Fun Day. The weather was superb, bringing crowds to soak up the history, sun , sand and ocean together in one magnificent location.

Manly was originally a quarantine station for migrant ships arriving in Sydney from the 1830s to 1984. Those ships with suspected contagious disease aboard had to off-load their passengers and crew at the quarantine station where they stayed for about 40 days before they were released (if they were deemed disease-free) to settle as Australian residents.

The North Head site was selected for the establishment of the quarantine station because it was the first safe anchorage point inside the Heads; it was sufficiently isolated and the presence of natural springs ensured a constant water supply to the inhabitants. Today, the historical site comprises of 65 buildings, several archaeological sites, and some spectacular vantage points to view the beautiful Sydney Harbour and native bushland.

Yesterday’s fun day offered activities such as exhibitions, talks, open buildings, native wildlife presentations, stalls, kids’ activities, tours and more.

Some of the event highlights included:
. Live Music
. Sausage Sizzle plus other food
. Quarantine Photographic Exhibitions
. University Of NSW Fine Arts Exhibition
. Sydney University “Stories from the Sandstone” Inscription Talks
. In Focus Movable Heritage Exhibition
. Author Felicity Pulman talks about her book “Ghost Boy”
. Author Gunilla Haglundh talks about her book “Manly Murders”
. Author Perry McIntyre talks about “Lady McNaughton: the first official Quarantine”
. All authors gave advice to hopeful writers on things like how to become a better editor
. Latitude 33 – bootcamp, zumba & boxing session
. Q Station Accommodation & Function Room Tour
. Open Buildings – visit the historic Quarantine Shower Block, Autoclaves & Hospital.
. Wildlife Encounters – native animal presentation
. Mural Painting
. Kayaking

Plenty of yachts and catamarans stopped by to see what all the fuss was about. A perfect place to drop anchor and take a swim or row into the beach at Qstation. It is an idyllic place to explore or relax and soak in both the historic buildings and the magnificent backdrop of Sydney harbour and surrounding National Park.

A Family Fun day enjoyed by many!

Hamilton Island Race Regatta

Another exciting sailing race week concludes in the beautiful Whitsundays.  The 29th annual Hamilton Island sailing regatta, held 23-31 August, provided lots of competitive sailing racing, but also lots of off-water fun, dinners and partying in this bluewater island playground.

The Hamilton Island sailing regatta is the largest off-shore regatta in Australia. The race week was launched by the Bob Oatley, (of Wild Oats II yacht fame, and oh, he owns Hamilton Island), followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

The regatta program includes the Grand Prix category for top-class racers, plus several other classes for cruising yachts, performance yachts and sports boat classes.

Marcus Blackmore’s Sydney based “Hooligan”, was crowned Hamilton Island Race Week Class A winner. The championship is endorsed and scored by Yachting Australia.

Eastcoast Sailing offers corporate sailing regatta’s on Sydney Harbour.  These sailing events are great for customers, as well as staff.  Regattas are also popular for team building events.  Our professional skippers provide fun friendly tuition, and can as competitive as the crew wish.

The Queens (MARY and ELIZABETH) Meet Again on Sydney Harbour

The two massive cruise liners, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth both arrive in Sydney Harbour Tuesday 22 Feb. They meet outside Sydney Heads at 530 AM and cruise into Sydney.

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The Queeen Mary will berth at Garden Island, and Elizaeth at the Overseas Passenger termimal.

Their stay is short – both leave on Wednesday 23rd. Queen Mary at 1200 and Elizaeth at 500. So organise your boat or arrange a great harbour side vantage point with friends.