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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide. adelaideunearthed.blogspot.com.au/
Published December 10th 2015
Where is Adelaide's Scariest Place?

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A Stairway to Heaven? Or Not?


I think this question will bring quite a variety of responses.

For many people a haunted location is the ultimate in scary, while others will find great heights to be a real stomach churner. Adelaide abounds with spooky stories of freaky happenings, long hidden tunnels, and ghosts in hospitals and nursing homes.

Me? I find Hindley Street late at night somewhat worrying, although others would point to particular spots in the northern suburbs after midnight as their main fear.

Haunted Places

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Gays Arcade - Off Adelaide Arcade


There were some 45 people executed at the old Adelaide Gaol during its 140 year history, so if anywhere is going to be haunted then this place is certainly in the running. The gaol is open to the public regularly, and there is even free entry occasionally.

Adelaide Arcade has for many years had a reputation for being haunted by the ghost of its former caretaker, but it doesn't seem to concern the many shoppers that throng there.

Schneider's Alley was thought by teenagers to be scary, but potential explorers are more likely to be frightened by angry residents in the area who are sick of people disturbing their sleep.

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The Morgue Table at Torrens Island


Another place that could easily be haunted is the morgue at the old Torrens Island Quarantine Station. It did feel very strange in the hundred year old room, wondering how many bodies had been laid on the table there before being buried in the graveyard nearby.

There are also many other scary morgues in South Australia. The eerie former www.weekendnotes.com/z-ward-glenside-hospital/" id="ccblink" target="_blank">asylum for the criminally insane at Z Ward had no morgue, but there are some very scary places at the Glenside mental hospital.

But perhaps the most likely place for a haunting would be at West Terrace cemetery, with its sometimes overgrown headstones and open graves.

Would you go there after dark? Or take a tour there?

High Places

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A High Crane on a Construction Site


Heights are normally enough to get my legs shaking, which usually only compounds the problem.

I look at crane drivers towering over construction sites and wonder how they don't lose their breakfast looking down after a hard night out.

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A Comatose Crane Driver


However looking through a tele lens, it doesn't seem to bother him. In fact the guy looks almost comatose.

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This Construction Worker Is Not Scared


Nor does his mate look too concerned, despite being six floors up and not wearing a harness.

One person who is most certainly not scared by heights is the Adelaide Rooftopper, whose Facebook group Adelaide Rooftopping displays some of the most astounding photographs of Adelaide that you will ever see.

Tunnels

There have long been rumours of secret tunnels around Adelaide, with the best known being beneath the old Treasury Building - now the Medina Grand. There is an annual open day where you can take a look.

There was also a tunnel under King William Rd which is described comprehensively here. Since it is no longer accessible, it can't be described as scary though.

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Supreme Court Adelaide


A friend used to work for the Law Courts in Adelaide, and was vehement in claiming that the various court buildings in Victoria Square are all linked by underground tunnels. Although it could possibly be true for the Supreme Court and the Magistrate's Court, it seems most unlikely for the District Court which is housed in the former Charles Moore department store.

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Drains Are Dangerous in Wet Weather


Urban explorers also like to check out drains and tunnels which can be rather scary, although I prefer to do it in summer when there is no chance of a flash flood!

Other Weird Places

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Urban Exploration in the Caterpillar Factory


When I wrote my article on Urban Exploration a number of people asked me if I got scared when I was checking out a new place.

Apart from being concerned about trespassing, there was one place where dodgy happenings seemed to be going on, and I exited rather quickly.

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Scary People in Scary Places


You can find many avid fans of infiltration and urban exploration in the Urban Exploration Adelaide Facebook group. It was a very helpful little community with people always willing to answer questions, but has been quiet for a while now.

So far I have yet to encounter a ghost, poltergeist or any other demons. But I would be very scared if I did see one.

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old adelaide gaol
by 19she (score: 0|9) 1565 days ago
Old Tailem town Adelaide.
wow check it out.we go there during the day,it's scary,
let alone in the night with the ghost tours,
totally recommend going there,big bird
by tania (score: 0|8) 1041 days ago
Santa's Lap @ TTP, have you seen that guy?
by decla (score: 1|13) 1596 days ago
Walkerville Wesleyan Cemetery
Walkerville SA 5081 is creepy after dark my friend and I use to go their back in the late sixties early seventies at night it was a creepy then to try and walk through haven't been their since but would like to know if anyone else has ever been through it at all since.
by draco (score: 0|8) 1077 days ago
Adelaide Arcade is most definitely haunted. I used to work in a cake shop many years ago. I would start at 4am, overhearing conversations and things going missing were frequent
by bianc (score: 1|24) 1539 days ago
Old Adelaide Gaol - the night tour was one of the few times I have seen my wife ligitimately scared about something.

The old cemetery at Hindmarsh, on South Road, down from the brewery - I have a friend who is an occult investigator, and he won't go there at night.

These are two that have scared people I know...
by Retired Writer 185368 (score: 2|168) 1598 days ago
I have been told along the River Torrens near the city, you will find lost souls perched on the branches of the trees.

Also, some of the mansions in Medindie are meant to be haunted. One of them was in the media a few years ago.
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1589) 1598 days ago
Davoren Park.
by tone7 (score: 1|54) 1588 days ago
At Holdens Ltd at Elizabeth.. There are underground concrete tunnels linked to the various plants.. Just outside the back of the office block to the old Trim Fab plant..to the Canteen.. and to Plant 1 ..and to the Old Body Shop.. From what I can recall from 35 years ago the tunnels were well lit when lights were turned on.. But Scary and Cold
by irish (score: 0|5) 423 days ago
There's sub basement of the Modbury hospital (where all the engineering /refrigeration/A/C equip is) is a full carbon copy of the upper floors, just with no doors and fittings etc, like raw concrete. When you get off the elevator you have to go through a gate which must be opened with a key, i.e it can never stay unlocked, so you lock yourself into the basement.There is only minimal lighting in the corridors which must be switch on and off as you walk through..only the switch for the next light is right at the end of the part of the corridor you're walking through. That's not so bad as you walk deeper into the basement, but when you're leaving again and you have to switch the lights off as you go, each switch leaves you in the dark, walking into the light, just for a few meters... so the darkness is chasing you and you're walking faster and faster till you finally get back to the gate and start fumbling with your keys to get back through the gate.....freaks me out every time.
by decla (score: 1|13) 423 days ago
My house in the morning!
by susie (score: 0|5) 490 days ago
the Old Gaol
by nita (score: 0|9) 497 days ago
Not really an answer but I was wondering where the "Stairway to heaven, I think not" place is. My friends and I love going to check these places out to really see how haunted they are.
by Kyj83 (score: 0|7) 687 days ago
Arthurs Seat - 3 in the morning . thanks Dave
by kram9 (score: 0|9) 706 days ago
If it hasn't been knocked down yet, the old Julia-farr centre. The random bits of old seemingly blood stained hospital equipment, the noises of what I hoped was rats squeaking through the pipes, vines that were growing and spreading through the building, the flooded basement, the sound of wind down the corridors, broken glass everywhere... even some of the graffiti was downright terrifying. All that with security guards chasing after you also.
by nikkc (score: 0|5) 810 days ago
Adelaide scariest place at the moment is Westfield Marion. The que up at any checkout is scary and you need a trekking permit to walk from where you parked you car to an entrance. I went to Target at Castle Plaza yesterday..Phew it was so much more relaxing, you could actually stop and browse in the mall and not be bowled oved by the mad rushing crowd. It was well worth the extra 10 minute drive, I even found a carpark under the shade of a tree that was only a few parks away from the main entrance. I now know where heaven and hell are.....
by samir (score: 2|126) 1593 days ago
Try the FILTH of Bloor Court, connecting Waymouth Street/Currie Street, and behind the Henry Waymouth carpark, this is during the day, BUT , at night, it becomes drunks alley, where fights, urinating/vomiting, abusive youths abound. I live in the UNO building and am afraid to go out at night., usually apparant towards and including the weekends. SR
by sally (score: 0|5) 1514 days ago
the cheltenham cemetery fireman's memorial aprarently if you go there after dark and light a lighter or a match a old fireman will appear and chase you to you put it out
by charl (score: 0|5) 247 days ago

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