I’m just going to kick things off by really generalising here, but if there’s one thing all Aussies love, it’s the beach. The sun, the sand, the surf, the disgusting stench of seaweed — they all have a powerful allure that us mere mortals are simply unable to resist. But one thing I’ve learned since working on PEDESTRIAN.TV‘s unsolved mysteries podcast All Aussie Mystery Hour is that beaches are actually terrifying hellmouth places that we should never go to if we want to escape with our lives.
Seriously, the podcast kicks off with an episode about the Beaumont children (abducted from Glenelg Beach in 1966), and we cover The Somerton Man (still-unidentified deceased male found on Somerton Beach in 1948), the Wanda Beach Murders, the disappearance of Australian prime minister Harold Holt off VIC’s Cheviot Beach, the case of the missing Patanela, a yacht that vanished off the NSW coast, and Rack Man, a bloke found tied to a cross in the Hawkesbury River (okay fine it’s a river but it happened near Patonga and that place has a beach so it counts.)
All terrible things, all happened in or near the water. I rest my case.
Anyway, this week’s episode features a beach with two separate ghosts who are haunting it for their own separate reasons. I’m talking about Jenny Dixon Beach, which is located near Norah Head on NSW‘s Central Coast and is apparently a hotbed of ghostly activity.
The first apparition people have encountered is that of an old-timey woman dressed in late 1800s garb, who appears on the beach with her arms outstretched, apparently seeking help. Sorry doll, but NOPE. I cannot help you, and in fact if I saw you I’d run so far in the other direction I’d end up in Queensland.
The second one is infinitely more messed up, and if you want to sleep tonight I suggest maybe taking some melatonin because you’re going to need it after this. Many, many people have reported picking up a young woman hitch-hiking on Wilfred Barrett Drive (right near the beach). She’s dressed in a white dress, and she hops in the car without really speaking. Then — she disappears. Yep, once second she’s there and next minute, GONE. Local police have received loads of reports of the “phantom hitch-hiker” and a pair of cops reckon they even picked her up once themselves.
Like I said, noooope.
There’s way more backstory on both these women (spoiler: neither of them are called Jenny Dixon) and their reasons for haunting the area, as well as some real encounters from locals who have seen the ghosts with their own two very sober eyes. But for that, you’ll just have to listen to the episode. You can subscribe to All Aussie Mystery Hour on iTunes HERE, or on Spotify HERE. Or, you can just listen / download below.