Torrens Island 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.
The fully guided tour visits the many areas of the Quarantine Station, including 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 visiting the Quarantine Station a moving experience.
Dates & times (final weeks of the 2023 season)
Sun 17 September: 11am
Sun 1 October: 11am
Sun 15 October: 11am
General Admission: $30 per person
Tickets includes same-day entry to the South Australian Maritime Museum
Book online here, call 08 8151 3260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Access to Torrens Island Quarantine Station is via the Torrens Island Power Station, which has strict security. Please meet on the Grand Trunkway, Gillman at 10.45am. Park on the left-hand side before the bridge to Torrens Island, just after the intersection of Grand Trunkway and Moorhouse Road. A Museum staff member will meet you at this location to confirm your arrival. You will then proceed in your own vehicle in convoy through the Power Station to the Torrens Island Quarantine Station.
- Late arrivals at the meeting point after 10.45am will miss entry. No refund will be available for late arrivals.
- Travel to the Quarantine Station from the meeting point is by your own vehicle. Please note that part of the access road is unsealed.
- There are no child or concession prices available for the tour. Payment is required to confirm your booking.
- Ticket purchases are non-refundable.
- Closed-toe shoes are required due to uneven terrain.
- In the event of inclement weather or COVID-19 restrictions, tours may be postponed and rescheduled.
- Maximum of 25 people per tour.