The Quarantine Station was built in 1879 to stop passengers bringing diseases such as small pox into Adelaide. Today, the site is remarkably intact and evokes the experiences of passengers placed in quarantine from the 1880s to the 1960s. Most of the buildings on the site date from 1912 to 1916 but parts of the original nineteenth century station remain. Our tour will lead you through the site with plenty of time to peer in windows, photograph the buildings and explore the surrounds.
On the tour you will see the bathing blocks that separated first and second class passengers, the boiler house used to power fumigation, the morgue and the isolation hospital. The character of the buildings, the history of the site and the ambience of the natural environment make the Quarantine Station a very evocative place.
Tours depart from the South Australian Maritime Museum. Please check in with museum officers on arrival. Access to the Torrens Island Quarantine Station is by bus.
Visitors need to be able to walk over grass fields and gravel paths for 90 minutes. Total tour length is approximately two hours. Closed toe shoes are compulsory.
There are three time slots offered: 10am, 11:15am and 12:45pm
Tours for 2017:
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May
Sunday 18 June
Sunday 23 July
Sunday 20 August
Tour includes entry to the South Australian Maritime Museum and the Lighthouse