Sydney’s Best Ghost Tours
Halloween is fast approaching and we think you’re ready for a good scare!
Ghost stories around the campfire are so last century. And our de-sensitisation to horror movies makes most of them a total bore. Want to be truly scared? So scared your heart bangs against your ribcage; where beads of sweat trickle down your pulsating temples, where your eyes dart around, anticipating. Well, for that you need a ghost tour. And the best ghost tours are in Australia’s oldest capital city: Sydney.
Do you dare to enter?
The Rocks north of Sydney CBD is well known for its collection of fancy restaurants, bars and shops, but it also shares a darker side. Armed with a lantern, your tour guide will take you through underlit laneways while telling you stories of past ghosts; like Ann Walker, whose decomposing body was found in 1831 by two workmen. Nightly ghost tours run daily.
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“Q” stands for quarantine, which makes this usually stunning landmark just a little bit creepy. Q Station was once a compulsory stop for incoming migrants, but is now used as a venue-for-hire and to scare anyone who wishes to enter after dark. Ghost tours run regularly, while private bookings can be made in advance.
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Your next Saturday night is now looking a little bit scarier. Instead of another weekend of drinking or playing board games with the kids, why not head out to Cockatoo Island and scare yourself silly – kids included! Discover the secrets, scandals and skeletons of this historical Sydney landmark. You can also tour in your own time with their cool Ghosts of Biloela smartphone app.
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With a yearly event celebrating the successful search for a dead body (Fisher’s Ghost Festival) it’s no wonder Campbelltown is on our list. Their tours are not as regular as our previous three spots, so you need to keep an eye on their Facebook page and website, but it’s worth the wait. Their next ghost tour is on November 10.
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Suburbs and quarantine stations are scary enough, but gaols? Think of all the macabre stories to be heard! Anxiously step through the history of Parramatta Gaol and hear the stories of past inmates who resided within the halls. Who lived? Who died? Who killed? And what did they do to land themselves in Sydney’s creepiest prisons? This is not recommended for kids.
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Stretching from Emu Plains to Mt Victoria, the Blue Mountains has plenty of ghost tours to join, all conducted by Blue Mountains Mystery Tours. They even do Lithgow! There are cemeteries, gaols and police stations to explore, and landmarks like Victoria Pass to creep through. Great for adults and kids alike!
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Fancy a weekend away? Head to Maitland Gaol for their monthly ‘Ghost Hunting 101’ tour. Learn the basics of ghost hunting, discover the creepy stories of inmates and officers, then go out on a limb and explore the site for yourself. Get the feel of a gaol that was a top spot to send unruly inmates.
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