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Published October 16th 2016
Take a walk back through Queanbeyan's past - if you dare
The city of Queanbeyan is only 20 minutes from Canberra's CBD, over the border into NSW. Established in the early 1800's, Queanbeyan has over 175 years of tragic and intriguing stories to tell - with convict tales, bushranger holdups, unexplained deaths, murders and some very mysterious happenings occurring over this time. The town became well known for its wheat farming industry in the late 1800's and at its peak, it had 6 flour mills and 16 pubs in the township - yes,16! Between the years of 1911-1928, ACT over the border was classed a "dry state", so each weekend hundreds of Canberra locals would flood into Queanbeyan to drink legally at its many pubs. Queanbeyan of today is the ultimate spooky location for a Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight Tour, to walk through the city's back streets and wander the century-old buildings, pubs, churches, mills and cemeteries that still remain.
Do you love local history and also enjoy getting completely spooked out? These fun and interactive tours are fascinating - but also not for the faint hearted...
Follow your guide through the streets of Queanbeyan. Source: Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight Tours Facebook. Photo by Janine Fabre.
Local author Nichole Overall takes visitors on a walk around the historical areas of the city, telling stories about the lesser known disappearances, hauntings and unexplained events in Queanbeyan's past. Nichole began the tours in 2013 after writing her award-winning book 'Queanbeyan - City of Champions', which was published as part of the city's 175th anniversary celebrations. On the tours, you will visit locations specifically known for their ghostly encounters and perhaps have your own encounter on the night. Most of the tours begin at 9pm - when it is as dark as dark can be. Walk through the shadows, jump at sudden noises and listen to nothing but eerie silence as you walk between locations.
Join the tour - if you dare.
Would you walk down here? Source: Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight Tours Facebook
The tour visits many secret locations around the city as well as the The Millhouse Café, a leafy and popular café by day and a treasure trove of spooky stories by night. This beautifully restored building was built in 1883 and was the residence of the manager of the Flour Mill next door.
Who knows what (or who) still lingers down its long halls?
Tour group outside the Millhouse Café. Source: Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight Tours Facebook
Some of the tours also take in the Queanbeyan Museum, which was the Police Sergeant's residence of 1876 and also the "Ye Old Kent House", which is a striking building that still remains from the mid 1800's and is a private residence today. This building has seen many changes over the years, as it was originally built as a hotel featuring a large ballroom, before it was turned into an interim courthouse, bank, Presbyterian and Anglican place of worship, licensed premises, hospital and store.
By night, it also holds many eerie secrets behind its twitching curtains.
Source: Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight Tours Facebook
These popular tours run throughout the year, with Halloween, Friday 13th and The Dead of Winter tours particularly popular. See their Events list on Facebook for more details about upcoming tours. Tour guide Nichole and her two, equally spooky sons also take private tours with a minimum of 8 guests. Ensure you put on your walking shoes, as the tours generally begin at 9pm and finish at the "witching hour" of midnight, with 3 hours of spine-tingling stories in between. Supper is often included at the end of the evening and it is a great opportunity for newly made friends to swap stories about what spooky visions they encountered on the tour. For more details and how to book, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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