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Published March 7th 2014
Be afraid, be very afraid
When it comes to ghost tours, Victoria has plenty of suitably gloomy and reportedly ghost-infested venues to choose from. Some ghost tours are conducted in what are normally considered ordinary venues while others are conducted in the most scary and haunting places you can imagine. Here are some of the options available should you be in the market for spooky, creepy and possibly ghostly adventures.
Lantern Ghost Tours offer ghost tours of Melbourne city, Pentridge Prison, Williamstown, Old Castlemaine Gaol, J Ward Lunatic Asylum in Ararat, Altona Homestead, Eynesbury Homestead, Pt Cook Homestead and more. There are also options for dinner as well as overnight and weekend stays. Prices vary according to the tour. For bookings call 1300 390 119 or see their site for more information.
Haunted Bookshop owner and TV presenter Drew Sinton takes you on a two-hour tour through the city and its haunted past. Running on Saturday evenings the cost is $20 Adults/$18 concession. For enquiries and bookings phone see their website or phone (03) 9670 2585.
Ghosts…What ghosts? Night Tour is currently running at the Old Melbourne Goal. This is certainly a venue that lends itself to some ghostly presences. The tour runs for 1.5 hours and costs $38 for adults/$35 concession. For bookings call (03) 8663 7228 or see their website for more information.
Amongst their wide array of offerings, Melbourne Walks' Haunted Melbourne tour begins at Luna Park and explores the paranormal side of St Kilda. Guided by Meyer Eidelson, tours are by arrangement and normally run for 2.5 hours at a time that suits you.
Costs are: minimum charge of $165 which is inclusive of up to three persons; $55 each up to five persons; $39 each if you organise a group 6-10 persons; $25 each for more than 10 persons. See their website for details and bookings or phone (03) 9090-7964, Mobile: 0408 894 724.
Tours include Aradale Lunatic Asylum in Ararat, Beechworth Lunatic Asylum and Geelong Gaol. Tour prices vary according to the tour and there are also "investigation" tours and sleepovers. See their website for details of all available tours, prices and bookings.
Ballarat Ghost Tours
Eerie tours run 90 minute Ghost Tours in Ballarat, Wednesday to Sunday evenings. Costs: Adults $27.50, concession $22, child $17.50, family $65 (up to five people). They also have "Haunt & Carriage Tours" and Night Cemetery Tours. See their website for full details of tour dates, prices and bookings.
According to their website, at this point ghost tours for 2014 have been postponed until 2015. You may be able to arrange a Private Ghost Tour, subject to availability, if you have a group of 15 or more. Call (03) 5348 3211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tours are run by the Walhalla Heritage & Development League on Saturday nights with some extra tours at holiday times and occasions such as Halloween. Cost is $25 adult, $20 child, $75 family (two adults and up to three children). Bookings are highly recommended as this is a very popular tour which tends to be booked out in advance. For information and bookings contact The Walhalla Corner Store, phone (03) 5165 6250 or see their website.
Some of the above tours run regularly, some intermittently and some only on special occasions. Many of the tour operators will arrange private tours if you can arrange a large enough group. Some of the tours are tailored for and welcome children, others don't recommend their tours for kids under 8 years old and advise parental discretion for those up to 18 (see each site for specific details).
Note that availability of tours, dates, times and costs may change over time so it's a good idea to check the relevant website before making plans. It's also generally advisable and in many cases essential to book tours in advance.
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