Most haunted places in Australia you can visit
In recent years Aussies have begun to embrace the novelty of celebrating Halloween, which is also known as ‘All Hallows’ Eve’. Traditionally people have made connections to this time of year with the paranormal and tend to be on the look-out for any signs of supernatural ghouls and spirits.
To some however, ghosts and apparitions don’t just appear around Halloween - they are spotted all year round. Whether you believe in things that go bump in the night or just love a good ghost story, arm yourself with your Optus nbn™ broadband connection (min. cost 24 months $1,440) and use it to plan a road trip to some of these surprising locations around Australia. From vivid apparitions to overwhelming odours, each place has its own unique story to tell. Brace yourself; these are just some of Australia’s most haunted places you can visit.
Picton, New South Wales
The entire community is well known as ‘Australia’s most haunted town’. Located about 80 kilometres south-west of Sydney, this picturesque township was once an importance pit stop for travellers driving out of Sydney via the old Hume Highway. Known for its gardens and panoramic countryside views, it was also a popular place to visit for its historical buildings and railway tunnels.
The Mushroom Tunnel, also known as the former Redbank Range Railway, was the first railway tunnel used by the NSW Railways. Between 1867-1919, the tunnel connected train services to and from Melbourne. During WWII it was used as an armoury and then eventually housed commercial mushroom growing.
There are tales of spirits drifting around the tunnel, that are possibly linked with tragic events including a horrific railway accident involving a woman called Emily Bollard.
A vision of Emily and two other female ghosts have often been spotted within the tunnel. Witnesses have also reported seeing and feeling gusts of wind, orbs, crying, unexplained voices, sudden drops in temperature inside the tunnel, body chills and eerie shadows.
Ararat Lunatic Asylum, Victoria
The Ararat institution, which was also known as the 'Ararat Lunatic Asylum' is located around 200 kilometres west of Melbourne. It was built in 1860 when the government decided it needed a place to house Victoria's 'lunatics'. Sadly over a 1000 patients stayed here at one time.
Approximately 13,000 people have passed away here in its 130 year history, which is why Aradale is deemed to be one of the most haunted places in Australia.
The history of Ararat is too disturbing to outline, particularly around the use of now outdated therapies. Some say the configuration of the asylum made the grounds appear more like a prison than an institution to those who were kept there.
Tales still circulate over the paranormal activity that goes on within the walls of Ararat Lunatic Asylum. Folks say they feel an odd sensation like they are being touched by cold hands as they walk through the men’s surgery wing. Reports of cold winds swishing through the blocks and strange explained screams can be heard around the property. Reoccurring accounts have circulated of Old Margaret, who was once held in the asylum but tossed out when it closed in 1998. Allegedly she reappears regularly wandering around the halls of the now defunct asylum.
Monte Cristo Homestead, New South Wales
The homestead is situated just outside the rural town of Junee, approximate 470 kilometres outside of Sydney. The original structure was built in 1885 with additional segments added over time. Considered ‘Australia’s most haunted private residence’, it is alleged that the property has had disturbances from at least ten ghostlike entities over the years. The current owners, Reg and Olive Ryan, moved into property into the 1963 and run ghost tours of the property.
Visitors have reported strange lights, voices and full-body apparitions appearing around the property. Many claim to have an overwhelming feeling of being unwelcome and being unable to walk up the stairs of the homestead.
Several psychics who have toured the home claim to have felt the original resident Mrs Crawley's presence. One psychic had to leave the dining room several times during the meal after being commanded to do so by Mrs Crawley.
Port Arthur, Tasmania
Port Arthur has a long history and is a world heritage site built in 1830 as a timber station. It then housed hardened criminals as a convict colony. Convicts endured unforgiving living conditions and hard manual labour. Many died young under horrifying circumstances and it is believed that their spirits roam the site to this day.
The Port Arthur massacre occurred in 1996 on the site and was one of the worst mass shootings in Australia’s history. Gunman Martin Bryant killed 35 people and wounded 23 others in the site’s café.
A number of strange occurrences have been reported around the Port Arthur Penitentiary, particularly inside the Reverend George Eastman’s house - which has been dubbed the most haunted building in Port Arthur. Visions of different spirits have been seen, footsteps and doors slamming can be heard and lights suddenly appear at random times.
Q Station, New South Wales
The ‘Quarantine Station’ or recently renamed ‘Q Station’, was built in Manly, Sydney during the 1830s to protect the public from diseases found on migrant ships.
It’s been recorded that 26,000 people have stayed on the site in quarantine and around 600 people died at the station before its closure in the 1980s.
The site reportedly has a resident physic medium, who claims that there are at least 50 ghosts roaming around the property. Visitors claim that they are often pushed by an unexplained force.
Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia
Believed to be one of the most haunted places in the Southern Hemisphere, the site was opened in 1864 and was known as the Fremantle Lunatic Asylum.
The six-acre property originally housed people that were criminally insane. It sadly became a place for anyone suffering social problems, drug addiction, alcoholism and even those experiencing sun-stroke.
Living conditions were horrendous, with up to 20 people at a time forced to sleep in one room. Following the murder of one of the residents at the hands of a violent patient in 1900, an inquiry was launched. The harrowing tales continued as the site was used to house homeless women and as a ‘poor house’ in the 1900s.
One legend goes that years ago a woman’s red-headed daughter was abducted. The woman couldn’t cope with her loss and so she was houses in the asylum. These days, it’s claimed that her ghost is drawn to redheads and red-headed visitors often experience their hair being pulled.
Gooloowan House, Queensland
Located on Denmark Hill in Ipswich the heritage-listed, 148 year-old home was built in 1864 for well-known identity Benjamin Cribb, the founder of retail company Cribb and Foote.
It’s claimed that in 1889, a maid called Rose Dold discovered she was pregnant by another staff member. She tried in vain to hide the pregnancy. Once born, she left the baby in a well on the property.
Locals and passers-by reported that they hear the sounds of a baby crying from the well. Others have also claimed to see a female figure wander the property in a maid’s uniform and that an eerie presence can be felt – as if something is watching everyone’s move.
In 1852 the site was known as the Destitute Asylum and conditions were very basic — rooms were filthy and patients had little-to-no medical attention. Up to 3,000 men and women were crammed into the site so problems such as overcrowding and violent crime were common.
The site is now known as the official Migration Museum, and contains displays of immigrants who now live in Adelaide. Staff have claimed that they have seen supernatural phenomena including shadows in the shape of people, unforgettable voices, spirits trying to push people down stairs and other strange sightings.
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