It’s officially Halloween month, and that means we’re ramping up the ghoul-filled content, friends. Who doesn’t love a scary ghost story or two, eh?
Because we covered the most haunted house in not only Australia, but the WHOLE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE on our true crime and mystery podcast, All Aussie Mystery Hour, this week (have a listen on iTunes HERE, and on Spotify HERE, or below) we thought we’d round up the other equally creepy locations around Australia to get your ghost-sighting on this month.
If you’ve already listened to our podcast you’ll know all about this place – like I said before, it’s the most haunted house in all of Australia. Situated in Junee, just outside of Wagga Wagga in NSW, the home is open for ghost tours (and sleepovers, if you dare), and claims to house a number of ghosts, including former owners Mr. and Mrs. Crawley, as well as their allegedly mistreated staff – one of which “fell” to her death from the upstairs balcony.
While it’s now a centre for arts and culture and is visited by top Aussie musos every year like Gang of Youths and San Cisco, this old, spooky building used to be a psychiatric asylum, and is said to have over 10 ghosts – with visitors claiming to have been touched, experienced cold spots, and hearing banging noises. They don’t do ghost tours but you can visit for free (and check out their awesome exhibitions while you’re hunting for ghosts).
Now called Mayday Hills, this heritage building once consisted of 67 buildings and was home to over 1200 patients and 500 staff. The hospital closed in 1998 after 128 years of operation, and is allegedly home to plenty of ghosts.
Why on earth would an archive of media be haunted? Well, this building in Canberra used to be the INSTITUTE OF ANATOMY – meaning dead bodies galore and a morgue in the basement. People have reported being held against walls and seen children’s faces peering through grates. They do monthly ghost tours, by the way – and this Halloween they have an event, HorrorFest, which also involves zesty burlesque performances and DJs.
When you’re the spot where Ned Kelly was hanged, you’re going to be haunted right? Between 1842 and its closure in 1929 the historic gaol saw 133 hangings, not to mention housed some of the most notorious crims. They’re doing a special Halloween event, so head on down on October 31.
The site where immigrants had to transfer through to ensure deadly diseases didn’t run rampant in Australia back in the 1800s, it’s no surprise the site of much suffering from people riddled with smallpox and other awful illnesses is insanely haunted these days. The shower block (pictured) is one of the most supernatural sites – I’ve been and couldn’t even enter.
Built in 1830 to lock away the worst of the convicts who committed crimes once in Australia, Port Arthur is home to several ghosts, including ones that slam doors and walk around, making footstep noises when there’s no one there. It’s also the site of Australia’s worst mass shooting incident, where Martin Bryant murdered 35 people in the on-site cafe in 1996.Image: Melbourne Gaol