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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published October 4th 2015
Prepare to be scared
Rocks Ghost Tours Facebook

Who says Australia doesn't have much history? We have plenty. Enough to have a few established ghosts hanging about in some spectacular and spooky old buildings.

So where can you go to sight a ghost this Halloween or anytime during the year for that matter? Only if you don't mind having a few trembles and some unearthly sightings that is.

Source: Facebook Q Station Ghost Tours

Sydney's Q Station

Sydney's Q Station is located on the spectacular North Head near Manly. The resident psychic medium claims there are at least fifty spirits wandering the old hospital, dining halls, shower block, and morgue.

While in the morgue is that a mannequin under the white sheet or something a little more sinister?

Despite its tranquil location in 30 acres of Sydney Harbour National Park Q Station has a dark past the hallmarks of which were isolation, suffering and disease.

This is where total shiploads of people were quarantined from the Captain right down to the passengers. Some never came out alive. The bubonic plague, amongst other deadly diseases, made sure of that.

Visitors can take part in a range of history, education, ghost and paranormal tours with an option of staying overnight in historic cottages with incredible views. Although with the ghost tours you will probably be too busy watching your back to check out the views.

These ghost tours run Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday night

Wednesday - 8pm to 1030pm
Thursday - 8pm to 1030pm
Friday - 8pm to 1030pm
Saturday - 8pm to 1030pm
Sunday - 8pm to 1030pm

Extra sessions are often added on public holidays or long weekends.

This tour is for those aged 15 only. Those under 15 cannot attend, even if accompanied by an adult

This is a 2.5 hour walking tour

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday nights:
$49/Adult, $44/Concession (Students & Pensioners)

Saturday nights:
Adult/$55 Concession/$49 (Students & Pensioners)

To book or just find out more click here.

Ghost Tours of the Rocks

Rocks Ghost Tours Facebook

Despite standing in the centre of modern-day Sydney, visitors to the aptly named Rocks feel they have stepped back through time to the 1800s when the area was a raucous settlement of convicts, soldiers, sailors and street gangs.

The Rocks Ghost Tours offer eerie night-time explorations of the area transporting visitors back to this convict colony with local folklore, ghostly tales and haunted sites. You will be led through the narrow alleyways and dark courtyards of The Rocks to uncover the area's fascinating and sinister past.

Tours run every night of the week and cost $45. Click here for more information.
They even run teenage birthday tours!

Make a weekend of it and stay at one of the area's many hotels such as the Russell Hotel, a charming guesthouse steeped in history that is believed to be haunted by the spirit of a sailor. They do packages that include the ghost tour. Click here.

Or for other haunted hotel options click here.

Visit the Dark Place Under the Ground

Jenolan Caves Facebook

The local Gundungurra people know Jenolan as 'Binoomea' which means 'the dark place' and a number of ghostly tales have emerged over the years mostly connected to James Wiburd, Jenolan's third caretaker from 1903. It is believed that Wiburd so loved the place that he chose never to leave, lingering to keep an eye on things. And those things include "you."

Visitors to the caves can partake in guided tours and adventure caving.

The cave is a 'backdrop' rather than the focus, so be prepared to be unnerved by mysterious tales in an almost dark cave.

Overwhelmingly popular, the 'Legends, Mysteries & Ghosts' tour is aimed at adults.

Minimum age: 10 years
Inspection time:2 hours
Fitness level: strenuous
Average tour: 20 people

Those staying the night can lodge at the rather gothic looking Caves House where you can enjoy cosy log fires and this lantern-lit ghost tour of the complex cave system. Click here for details.

Monte Cristo Homestead

Source Facebook Monte Cristo Homestead Ghost Tours photo by Roslyn Koenig

Monte Cristo Homestead, in the town of Junee in South West New South Wales, holds the reputation as Australia's most haunted house.

This colonial mansion bears a dark history of murder, torture and insanity. It is said to be haunted by at least ten ghostly entities who all met untimely ends on the site.

The current owner, Olive Ryan, runs ghost tours through the mansion and shares the homestead's fascinating and frightening past with anyone game enough to listen.

Limited accommodation is available at the homestead which offers six comfortable and spacious guest rooms that can be booked via email.

For more information click here.

Monte Cristo Homestead Ghost Tours start at 7.00 pm every Saturday. (Daylight savings time Tours start at 8:00 pm).

Maitland Gaol

Maitland Gaol in New South Wales' Hunter region was a maximum security prison that housed some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals.

It is full of 150 years of ghostly tales.

Guests can choose to take a self-guided audio tour or a themed guided tour by day or night.

For groups who want to experience the gaol at night, a group sleepover in the cells can be arranged but be warned, this tour is not for the faint of heart.

You can also attend one of the Maitland Gaol Psychic Torchlights tours lead by the resident psychic guide.

This tour is not available for children under 14 years as it is conducted at night and the information presented is of an adult and/or confronting nature.

Availability of this tour is limited so early booking is especially recommended. For more information click here.

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Cost: Most tours are around $45 for adults.
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A timely choice of topic Nadine :)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11306) 1710 days ago
On site accommodation at Monte Cristo Homestead??!! Definitely not for faint of heart:)
by Maria M (score: 2|661) 1732 days ago
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