Lantern Ghost Tours Paranormal Investigator Jacqui says: "There is a strong [paranormal] presence at O'Reilly's. Staff have found furniture move of its own accord in the cafe while reception staff have seen the apparition of a woman that has even appeared in a guest photo. Halloween is a prime time for paranormal activity to occur as the veil between the living and departed is at its thinnest".
Spooky history Visitors to O'Reilly's Rain Forest Resort have reported eery forms emerging from a chilly fog in the library and reception areas. Some have seen a ghostly caretaker wandering the grounds, while others report sighting of spirits linked to the Stinson aircraft that crashed in 1937.
Plane crash in 1937 (photo courtesy of O'Reillys Rain Forest Resort)
Halloween's origins date back 2 000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when animals were slaughtered and crops harvested in preparation for the long, cold winter months ahead. The Celts adorned themselves with animal skins and lit fires and bonfires to ward away evil spirits. Those who had lost loved ones would leave food and drink out for the departed and light candles to help them find their way to the spirit world.
But it isn't all doom and gloom. In Ireland, matchmaking cooks hide a ring in a bowl of mashed potatoes on Halloween night...the diner who finds the ring finds true love.
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL EVENT Lantern Ghost Tours are revealing the dark side of this secluded world-heritage-listed rainforest on the night when the veil between the living and dead is at its thinnest.
Experience a Halloween with a difference as Ghost Host Mark takes guests deep into the breathtaking O'Reilly's Rainforest Resort on a special Halloween Ghost Tour.
photo courtesy of O'Reilly's Rainforest Resort
Discover ancient burial grounds, the ghost of a lone caretaker still doing his rounds, and playful 'Min Min' lights enticing mesmerised guests to venture deep into the forests and risk being lost forever.
Tours depart from O'Reilly's Rainforest Resort and cost $50 per guest. For the brave, there is a full weekend package that includes the Halloween Ghost Tour, 2 nights dinner, bed breakfast, wine tasting, Stinson Aircraft Secrets talk and visit the Glow Worm Grotto for only $475pp.
These professional tours are operated by Lantern Ghost Tours, recipients of the 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and Telstra Australia Business Awards Finalists.
O'Reilly's is located on the western edge of World Heritage listed Lamington National Park, a scenic 90 minute drive west from the Gold Coast and just under 2 hours drive south west of Brisbane, nestled in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Detailed directions are available on their website.