Weekend Wanderings: Quarantine Station
A friend and I have decided to start hiking. Of course, for me, this means going to places and taking photos. We decided that the first place we would go for a hike would be Point Nepean. We went down past Portsea to see what we could find.
We found ourselves at the Quarantine Station, which stopped being one a long time ago, but all the buildings are still there. With all the talk of Ebola and the possibility of it spreading, many people are talking about quarantining people again, it was interesting to visit a place that was used for that sort of thing over 150 years ago. There are many sites about the history of the station, but the best one I found was Nepean Historical Society, and their page on the Quarantine Station 1854.
There’s no doubting that where the quarantine station, and the area around, is beautiful. It is an amazing place and we are so lucky that it is now parklands and will be protected, well we hope. The Victorian Government is going to allow private developers to build a resort in this area, which means land that is available to everyone will become basically private land unless you have a lot of money to pay to stay at the resort. Not good in my books.
Many of the buildings are open and you can just wander around them and inside them. Best to start by going to information and getting a map to see what is there and what is open. The above image is from the disinfecting building, where they disinfected the luggage. Massive boilers and, I don’t even know what the thing in the photo is called. Quite amazing.
I photographed some of the signs that might give you more information about some of the places here.
One of the hospitals. Quite amazing and imposing buildings really. This one was open and we were able to go inside, there will be photos from inside in the gallery. Must have been an incredible place, scary, people arriving here and having survived the trip, to be put away with the fear of disease hanging over them. I’m so glad travelling overseas is much different these days.
There are places that look lovely, like this avenue of trees and you can see the ocean here, just over on the right.
People were responsible for cooking their own meals, from what we could tell, in the beginning anyway. This little building is right behind the hospital and it was called the Cook House.
This was one of the best things we saw all day. We first saw the Echidna when we got there, but some other people were watching it and it basically ran away from us. As we were leaving to head out on our hike, we saw it again, and this time it didn’t run away, it was too busy looking for ants, sticking its nose into the ground.
We really didn’t get enough time to explore the Quarantine Station as we needed to move on and do our hike, but we both realised that we had got their too late in the morning so next time the plan is to get there much earlier. I love places like this so would really like to do that. I have a map for you as well.
I am going to put some more images into a gallery for you now, just click on one to see them individually. I hope you are having a great weekend, Christmas is finally starting to make an impact on our house, present are being brought and a small tree has made an appearance.