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Free Adelaide Ghosts & Ghouls Walking Tour

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published July 6th 2018
Ghostly Tales And Sinister Stories
Discover Adelaide and it's horrible history on this free self-guided walking tour.

Adelaide Arcade
Adelaide Arcade (©paula mcmanus)

This walking tour can be done at your own pace and in your own time and the best part is that it's free.

The audio pack will give you insights to places and events from Adelaide's dark past and will include some spine-chilling crime stories that will keep you entertained as you walk.

The walking tour is a collaboration between paranormal investigator and historian Allen Tiller of Haunting: Australia, sound recordist Anthony Frith and the Adelaide City Libraries.

The audio tour was developed based on research from Allen's historian residency at the city libraries in 2016 and also includes a range of ghost stories that were submitted by the general public during his world-first residency.

Government House
Government House (©paula mcmanus)

The Adelaide Ghosts & Ghouls Walking Tour will take you on a 4km walk - starting from Rundle Mall in the city where it weaves and crosses through streets and parklands before ending on Tynte Street in North Adelaide.

You'll visit Adelaide Arcade and Gays Arcade - named consistently over the past 100 years to be one of South Australia's most haunted locations and the home of 3 resident ghosts - Francis Cluney, Sydney Kennedy Byron and Florence Horton and later hear of George, the mischievous ghost at Government House. Wander through the Torrens Parade Grounds, then take some time to explore St Peter's Cathedral and hear the tale of the city's newest "ghost". Up to Kermode Street then through the back streets and laneways to the site of a most grisly affair at Hangman's Corner, on the edge of the golf course. The gum tree became one of Adelaide's first morbid tourist attractions. Your walk then takes you past Calvary Hospital - the home of North Adelaide's Grey-Lady ghost. Nearing the end of the tour, you'll hear a sad story of suicide and a boy's loss at Wellington Square and then to Tynte Street to the house where there's a wedding guest who never left the reception.

St Peter's Cathedral
St Peter's Cathedral (©paula mcmanus)

This self-guided tour gives you the flexibility to walk at a leisurely pace and to stop when and where you like along the way. If you're not keen to complete the 4kms in one day, you may choose to split the audio tour up. You can start where you like and finish where you like. Why not do a night walk instead of a daytime one? The flexibility of a self-guided tour means that you're never pressured to keep up with a group. You have lots of choices and they're all yours.

There are 11 chapters on the audio tour which should take 2 to 2 and a half hours to complete, depending on how quickly you walk and how long you stop to enjoy each location. Each stop has its own gruesome tale of mystery and murder. The stories are narrated by Allen Tiller and give the listener a detailed description of the horrors of the past and the ghosts that now reside in some of those places. It's a fascinating mix of the macabre and our city's history.

Calvary Hospital
Calvary Hospital (©paula mcmanus)

Enjoy your walk - Adelaide is a beautiful city to spend some time exploring, especially on foot. To see all of the beautiful old buildings in North Adelaide is worth the walk alone. Take a friend or two with you and make it a social day out with lunch or coffee stop at one of the many cafes along the way. Be sure to pause often as you walk from the CBD into North Adelaide and check out the spectacular views over the city.

How to use this tour
For optimal experience, it is recommended that you use headphones when listening to the audio tour. Your journey starts at the City Library in Rundle Place and ends at the North Adelaide Library and Community Centre in Tynte Street, North Adelaide.

Listen to the audio guide while exploring Adelaide using the tour map (PDF) and listening to the audio tour.

Queen's Head Hotel
Queen's Head Hotel, North Adelaide (©paula mcmanus)
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Why? Discover Adelaide and it's horrible history in this free self-guided walking tour.
When: All year round
Where: Adelaide, South Australia
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Sounds like fun, Paula!
by Elaine (score: 3|7671) 843 days ago
Lots of hints to intriguing stories Paula. Do they get answered on the audio tour?
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4161) 837 days ago
How fascinating, know most of these places Paula and as I worked at Calvary for years I can attest to it being haunted by more than the Grey Lady! Staff will know that the original hospice holds many disturbed spirits ...
by Kate Blake (score: 3|1415) 836 days ago
Thank you for sharing the tour Paula, much appreciated :)
by Allen Tiller (score: 1|11) 728 days ago
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