New ghost tour goes to the Other Side of Toowong Cemetery
The popular Brisbane Ghost Tours have added a new tour to their already fantastic list. Starting at Richer Street at Toowong Cemetery, the tour takes in Brisbane's colourful and sordid history, including slavery, grave robbing, serial killers, government corruption, multi-cultural history and pugilism.
The Toowong Cemetery was one of the most important graveyards in Brisbane and it is still an active cemetery. It was officially established in 1875 around the grave of former Queensland Governor Samuel Blackall, who was buried there in 1870. Blackall's desire for his grave to be located on a high point overlooking the settlement of Brisbane means that Toowong Cemetery has great views down the hill to the river. At night you have a nice view of the city lights and of course, on a clear evening you will see the stars above you.
The monument to Samuel Blackall at Toowong Cemetery
Along with numerous prominent Brisbanites, there are also numerous lesser known characters with interesting, creepy or even scary back stories. I won't go into additional detail so as to avoid spoilers about the tour, but expect a wide range of stories.
Toowong Cemetery has great city views from its position in the Mt Coot-tha foot hills
Having been run since 1998, Brisbane Ghost Tours attracts locals as well as interstate and international visitors.There is nothing gimmicky about the tours, the focus is on the location and story. Many people on the tours have gone on other tours before, so obviously, people keep coming back for more.
Toowong Cemetery: Not at all creepy at night. Okay maybe a little creepy.
The tours are suitable for most ages with the youngest allowed on the tours are 12. They are walking tours, so obviously wear good walking shoes. Also, don't forget your insect repellent.
About the Other Side Tour at Toowong Cemetery
The Other Side tour starts at the Richer Street entrance to the Cemetery at 7:30 pm and makes its way around the cemetery grounds, giving you the grand tour of the location while stopping at key graves for particular stories.
Toowong Cemetery is fairly hilly so you do need to walk up and down slopes during the tour. Obviously, it is not 2 hours of walking as most of the time you are looking at grave sites and hearing fascinating stories.
The other thing to remember is that there are now toilets on the site. But there are toilets open at night just up the road the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens within the Planetarium.
This tour is a great addition to tours available through Brisbane Ghost Tours. Don't worry if you have gone on the original Toowong tour, The Other Side covers a whole new series of stories not told before.
What makes the tours is the enthusiasm and knowledge of the tour guides. If you are trying to choose between tours it is difficult as all the tours are fantastic. Perhaps South Brisbane Cemetery is the scariest and Boggo Road Gaol is the most eerie. This new Toowong Tour is a great activity for a Saturday night. I particularly like it for the night views of the city.