Melbourne is full of creaking old buildings and reports of ghostly goings on.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a good scare, as long as you know it’s all in the name of good fun… or is it? You can join one of our fabulous Melbourne ghost tours, or head out on your own to explore the city’s paranormal dimension. Here are five spooky spots worth checking out.
1. Old Melbourne Gaol
At one time it was the country’s most infamous prison, but Old Melbourne Gaol has long since been reincarnated as a museum. Don’t worry — its atmospheric surroundings can still make your hair stand on end! Bushranger Ned Kelly was jailed and executed here, along with 132 others over the life of the prison. So, is it haunted? Chances are…
2. Pentridge Prison
With an inmate roll call that included the likes of Ned Kelly, Squizzy Taylor, Mark ‘Chopper’ Read and Ronald Ryan (the last man executed in Australia), a tour of old Pentridge Prison in Coburg is guaranteed to send shivers up and down your spine. The prison operated from 1850 to 1997 and is currently being transformed into a luxury housing development. The new residents will be sharing their turf with the dozens of inmates buried on the site.
Labassa is one of the most beautiful historic buildings in Melbourne, but it’s also reputedly one of the most haunted! Located in the suburb of Caulfield, the beauty of the mansion’s enigmatic French Renaissance-style architecture is often overshadowed by claims of spectral encounters within. Labassa is open to the public on the third Sunday of each month.
4. Melbourne General Cemetery
Are you game for a night tour of Melbourne eeriest cemetery? We dare you! The Melbourne General Cemetery is actually the final resting place of some fairly notable citizens — everyone from poets to Prime Ministers. A night tour will afford you the only after-dark access permitted, and you’ll get a fascinating insight into the historical significance of the cemetery.
5. The Haunted Bookshop
A visit to The Haunted Bookshop in McKillop Street is certainly an otherworldly experience. Along with Australia’s largest collection of books relating to the occult, the bookshop stocks tarot cards, paranormal and horror DVDs, and gothic-style jewellery.
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About the writer
Julietta Henderson is a Melbourne-based travel and feature writer. Originally planning to visit London for six months, she ended up staying for ten years and now divides her time between her home in Australia and several months of the year in the UK, Italy and France. Julietta has travelled extensively through Europe, North America, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and Russia, and believes the keys to a great travel experience are an open heart, an open mind and an open-ended ticket.
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