Quaranup Complex


City of Albany

Place Number



Quaranup Rd, Geak Pt, on the Vancouver Peninsula Albany

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Camp Quaranup
Quarantine Station

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1875, Constructed from 1903

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
State Register Permanent 14 Dec 2001 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument, HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category A+
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Oct 1980
Classified by the National Trust Classified {Lscpe}
Classified by the National Trust Classified 04 Apr 1977

Statement of Significance

The Quarantine Station at Quaranup is a complex of different heritage places including the quarantine station, jetty and powder magazine (1878). Theplace has been placed on the State Register of heritage Places.

Physical Description

This complex of buildings comprises stone and timber framed structures in varying architectural styles. There are 17 structures in total including; jetty, powder magazine, waiting room, bathing block, fumigation block, funicular railway, hospital, sleeping quarters, kitchen, underground tanks, laundry, workshop, caretakers cottage, nurses' quarters, isolation hospital, morge and cemetery.


Several incidents of sickness on board ships arriving in Albany led to demands for a proper quarantine station. These incidents included sickness aboard the Bombay in 1865, a suspected smallpox victim from the Rangatira in 1872 and a sick passenger from the Baroda in 1873. Tenders were called and a station built in 1875. The additions at this time consisted of no more than a caretaker's cottage and jetty costing 530 pounds. In 1897, additions included the doctor's and servant's quarters, isolation ward, mortuary, laundry, wash house, general store, dining room and the first class passengers quarters. A fumigation bath house and a jetty were built in 1903. Of particular interest is the powder magazine built on Geake island. This windowless stone building with an iron door was used to store ammunition for Albany's defence. It was completed in 1878 and it has been suggested it was built by Charles Donat Keyser an Albany builder (1829 􀂱1900). The magazine was located on the island for security reasons and the causeway to the mainland was built at a later stage. Geake Island therefore became Geake Point. It was named in honour of Digory Sargeant Geake an early settler in Albany Fremantle's build up as the states leading port, widespread vaccinations overseas and stricter quarantine measures led to fewer contagious diseases. The last epidemic the station coped with was influenza in 1930. From then until 1942 the station was virtually closed until the Americans were billeted there in World War II during R&R. The American soldiers came from the South Pacific region but also joined other servicemen responsible for Fort security. (See Albany Forts Place Record Form). In 1956 the quarantine station was leased out to Mr and Mrs Wheeler who called the holiday resort they set up, Quaranup. They operated the holiday camp until 1970. In 1970 the site became vested in the Shire of Albany who subsequently leased the camp to the Albany Youth Committee in 1971. Since that date over 10,000 people have stayed at the camp. Quaranup was operated on a non profit basis by the Albany Youth Committee for use by community organisations, youth groups, schools and service bodies.


Integrity: Moderate




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Heritage TODAY Site visit and Assessment 1999
HA Sunter-Smith (camp warden); "History of Quaranup".
Heritage council of Western Australia assessment for entry on interim basis State Heritage Office 1992

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
9731 Great Southern strategic plan for Maritime heritage tourism. The story of the sea in the South. Report 2010
9728 Quaranup jetty conservation works final report. Conservation works report 2011
11669 Quaranup Complex Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2016
500 Camp Quaranup, Albany, WA : conservation works report. Heritage Study {Other} 1994
11597 Quaranup Recreation Shed Conservation works report 2012
2894 Old quarantine station, Camp Quaranup Albany (Final report). Heritage Study {Other} 1997
1927 Albany and surrounds : data relating to items of heritage significance. Heritage Study {Other} 1980
1434 Camp Quaranup (Former Quarantine Station) : Conservation Plan Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1996
11464 Quaranup Complex: Recreation Shed (Fmr Disinfecting Block) Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2012
2517 Restoration of the Old Hospital at Camp Quaranup (Old Quarantine Station) Albany : conservation works. Heritage Study {Other} 1993
7370 Conservation works to the powder magazine, Camp Quaranup, Albany (final report). Conservation works report 2005
220 Restoration of the old hospital at Cape Quaranup (old quarantine station) Albany Heritage Study {Other} 1993

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use GOVERNMENTAL Quarantine Station

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow
Victorian Georgian

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Other Stone

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Early settlers
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Racial contact & interaction
OUTSIDE INFLUENCES World Wars & other wars
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Sport, recreation & entertainment
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Immigration, emigration & refugees

Creation Date

30 May 1989

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

31 Dec 2016


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