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Once you start the climb up to Quarantine Hill, the aka "Heart Attack Hill" name given to the hill by the Camp Quaranup managers will become evident. The lookout was erected in 1997 by the managers of Camp Quaranup and is the highest point of the Vancouver Peninsular. The lookout will give you 360deg views of the Whaling Station, Goode Beach, Little and Big Grove, Torndirrup National park, Princess Royal Harbour, King George Sound to the Islands, Emu Point and back to the Port and Albany on the sides of Mount Clarence and Melville.
The vista on a calm, clear, cloudless day is awesome and spectactular. The trail up the hill is overgrown in places. If you follow the yellow survey tape, then you can’t get lost (or can you!!!) The trail is due to be pruned in the coming months by GreenSkills. When you get to a sapling with three pieces of survey tape around the trunk, veer left around the base of the rock. You can go straight; but you will have to climb the rock. Be aware of snakes in the warmer months, the Coaster had to take a few steps backwards as a Tiger appeared out of nowhere and became quite excited as it crossed the trail.
History of Camp Quaranup
The Commonwealth Quarantine Station, Albany was established in 1875 as a consequence of W.A. Government officials being quarantined on Rabbit Island ( Mistaken Island ) and having to live in tents with basic ration and ablutions. The ensuing outcry and increasing migration to W.A. forced the government to plan a small quarantine station on an isolated parcel of land across the harbour at Vancouver Peninsula. As immigration increased more buildings were added, in particular between 1898 and 1904.
Main reasons for increased immigration were Wars in Europe and South Africa and subsequent huge displacement of people, opening up of vast tracts of agricultural land and discovery of gold in W.A. Quarantine measures were also increased as peoples from all over the world poured into W.A. Some immigrants brought deadly diseases with them thus starting epidemics. As ships were quarantined the passengers were sent to the Quarantine Station.
As immigration declined in the late 1900’s and with increased medical advances the Quarantine Station become less used and was eventually closed in the 1950’s. Several community groups used it over the next 30 years but gradually the Station fell into serious disrepair.
The Quarantine Station was then privately leased to the Wheeler Family in 1956 and the name was changed to Camp Quaranup. Eventually the State Government took over the lease and run it as primarily as a Recreation Camp.
In 1992 Rob and Joanne Lucas, both teachers, were the successful applicants to run Camp Quaranup as a private operation. Camp Quaranup now not only offers Camps with many activities but also caters for conferences, weddings and in services.
Camp Quaranup has undergone extensive restoration in the last 18 years and now is one of the few intact, working ex quarantine stations in the world.
Camp Quaranup (Circa 1875) is situated in a nature reserve on a picturesque peninsular on the Princess Royal Harbour with panoramic views across to the City of Albany. Camp Quaranup has access to superb ocean and harbour beaches, its own jetties, bush walks and spectacular coastal scenery. It offers unlimited opportunities in recreation and special interest programmes involving community groups and school. Camp Quaranup is also an ideal place to hold Weddings, Conferences, Business Meetings, Functions or Dinners.
Park at S35.03.428 E117.55.274. This is the entrance to Camp Quaranup. Walk down the bitumen road until the gravel starts and follow the trail to the right. The trail left will take you to “Cheynes II”
Absolutely no bush bashing required.
BYO writing stick, only room for trackables.
This cache has been place with the kind permission of Rob and Jo Lucas, the managers of Camp Quaranup.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum