Torrens Island Quarantine Station Tours 2020

The Quarantine Station was built in 1879 to stop passengers bringing diseases such as smallpox into Adelaide. Today, the site is remarkably intact and evokes the experiences of passengers placed in quarantine from the 1880s to the 1960s.

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.

2020 Tour Dates:


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: 10 am, 11:15 am and 12:45 pm

Tickets are $30 per person and include museum and lighthouse entry on the day. Please follow the link below to book your tickets online or call the museum on 8207 6255.

Bookings can be made online via Try Booking through the link at the top right of this page or by phoning the Maritime Museum on 8207 6255.

Tour includes entry to the South Australian Maritime Museum and the Lighthouse.

Please note

  • There are no child or concession prices available for the tour. Payment is required to confirm your booking.
  • Travel to the Quarantine Station is by Maritime Museum bus.
  • Ticket purchases are non-refundable however, tour transfers can be arranged.
  • In the event of inclement weather, tours may be postponed and rescheduled.
  • Closed toe shoes and long pants are required for this tour.
  • Please arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

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The South Australian Maritime Museum and History Trust of South Australia acknowledges the First Nations peoples of South Australia, whose connection to country and living cultures began in time immemorial and continues to the present. We affirm our commitment to advancing reconciliation.