Three kooky ghost tours to consider so as to make your Halloween that much spookier.
↑ J Ward Asylum, VIC
Take a guided tour explaining the early history of the goldfield times and later, the incarceration of the criminally insane. J Ward is the premier tourist venue in the Victorian town of Ararat, visited by more than 10,000 people annually (greater than Ararat’s population!). Relive its past by taking a guided tour with ‘ghost experts’ telling you who broke what laws, what punishment they received, and how many of them died. Creepy stuff.
Prices: $16 for adults, $14 concession, $5 for under-16s, and under-5s free.
↑ Fremantle Prison, WA
Fremantle Prison is perched atop of a hill and looks small from the distance, but up close this previous penitentiary is massive. That said, the cell windows, hundreds of them, are really small and make you wonder just how claustrophobic prisoners must have felt in the place. Many who’ve been on a night-time ‘Torchlight Tour’ have claimed to have seen apparitions and felt unexplained cold chills. A more extensive tunnel tour takes guests underground for even more chilling ambience.
Prices: Torchlight Tour $25, Tunnels Tour $60.
↑ The Rocks Ghost Tour, NSW
Stories of unusual and unnatural events are told on this popular tour through Sydney’s The Rocks. Some say this tour is a bit too commercialised, delivering a kind of ‘Royal Show Ghost Train’ vibe, but heck what’s wrong with a bit of fun? Tours depart from Cadman’s Cottage at around dusk, no matter the weather (some guests actually pray for a bit of rain during it). ‘Ghost Host’ Brian retells tales of local murders, suicides, and bona fide ghost stories told to him by his own parents and aunts and uncles who ran a local boarding house in The Rocks.
For prices, visit www.ghosttours.com.au.