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by Annette Vandersluis (subscribe)
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Published March 7th 2015
Ghostly Hauntings and the Underbelly of Adelaide
It is easy to connect ghosts and crime; who would have thought that one may result in the other however, my recent review of the Port Adelaide Ghost Crime Tour has led me to undertake the Adelaide CBD Ghost Crime Tour. Run by the same company, the Adelaide CBD version did not fail to impress.

Where the Port Adelaide tour focussed on the ghost end of the equation, the Adelaide CBD tour focusses on historical crime events. This tour led by the lovely Nicola once again commenced with a discussion of the safety aspects of the tour. The tour begins at the mall end of the iconic Adelaide Arcade. The Arcade is well known to be haunted by caretaker Francis Cluney, however on this tour you will learn gruesome details about his death in 1887 just 2 years after the arcade was built. You will also hear stories of other ghostly encounters and tragic events within the arcade and the adjoining Gay's Arcade.

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Adelaide Arcade


For those of you who, like me, seem to walk around with your eyes closed, you will find the entrance to the arcade museum located in Gay's Arcade. The museum holds many artefacts right back to the building of the arcades.

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Gay's Arcade Museum


From here you will walk down the length of Rundle Mall stopping in quite a few locations to learn of crime, intrigue and known and unknown ghosts. Hear the story of the 3rd floor ghost who might just be called Josephine and of the evil presence in the basement.

Walk the length of Hindley Street to learn about what could almost be titled Underbelly Adelaide! Gaze through the windows of buildings empty for many a year and hear their stories, wondering all the while if they are empty because those of us amongst the living have been chased out.

Pass by the now empty pub that doesn't seem to be able to stay open; could it be that its ghostly inhabitants don't want the company?

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Hindley Street Adelaide


Find out what ghostly secrets lurk behind these doors and hear about the tragic deaths of those during the great depression.

BankSA Doors
BankSA Doors


Finally, find the secret entrance and enter the famed tunnels under King William Road and learn the truth of the many, many tunnels which run under Adelaide far and wide.

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In the tunnels


We didn't find any ghosts on this particular tour but then the emphasis here is on the crime element of this fabulous city. We learned much about Adelaide, some expected, some not, but it cannot be denied that this is another great tour conducted by this company with great knowledgeable tour guides.

The only question left to ask, is whether we will be brave enough to go on the Kapunda tour? Should we go or should we not? Leave your vote in the comments!
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Why? Fun and educational
When: Check the website for tour dates
Phone: (08) 8672 5555
Where: Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Cost: $25 per adult
Your Comment
Yes you definitely need to check out the tour with the most amount of ghostly activity in Australia's most haunted town, Kapunda!
by 17979 (score: 0|3) 2025 days ago
of course! do it! you won't be disappointed!
by pirat (score: 0|2) 2025 days ago
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