Open day at historic quarantine site

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Camp Quaranup manager Ian Sprigg.
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Camp Quaranup has come a long way since it was a quarantine station in the late 1800s.

The iconic Albany location has a rich history stretching back 144 years, and it is being opened to the public so they can soak up some of that history and see how it used in the present day.

The doors are being thrown open on Saturday for the Camp Quaranup Community Open Day.

The open day will have recreational activities galore. Archery, canoeing, geocaching, rogaining, kite making, an inflatable obstacle course and rock-climbing are some of the things people can have a crack at.

Camp manager Ian Sprigg said that was a lot of history waiting to be discovered — and plenty of potential still left in the site.

“It was built in 1875 for the purposes of keeping the townsite safe and free from disease that were inadvertently bought into the settlement via passengers coming on boats,” Mr Sprigg said.

“That operated until the 1930s, but even from the early 1900s it would allow schools camps and groups to come on site.

“I guess it has served a purpose as a recreation site far longer than it had as a quarantine station.”

Mr Sprigg said he wanted to get people outdoors and exploring an intriguing piece of history on their doorstep.

There will be guided historical tours of the site.

“We have got the ferry boats bringing people over from the Albany Marina, which is probably one of the highlights of the day,” Mr Sprigg said.

Ferries start at 10am and run throughout the day for $2. Buses will also run from the Albany Entertainment Centre.

Registrations are essential and can be made online at

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