Overview

Tour the original capital of Victoria on this two-hour guided walk by lamplight through historic Williamstown. Explore the alleys and laneways of this waterfront precinct, and visit the abandoned morgue. Enjoy dinner before the tour (optional) at what is reputedly a haunted pub!

COVID-19 safety measures
  • Implementation of an approved COVID-Safe plan
  • Reduced group sizes
  • Mandatory mask wearing indoors for guides and guests (until restrictions ease)
  • Provision of hand sanitiser for guests
  • Mandatory hand washing for guides at regular intervals
  • Minimisation of physical contact between guides and guests.

COVID-19 cancellation policy

Old Williamstown Ghost Tour
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Alisonc4 (via TripAdvisor)

‘My partner and I went on this ghost tour in Williamstown and found it to be a good mix of interesting and spooky fun. Our guide was very interesting and attentive and we learned a lot about Williamstown’s history. We opted for the dinner beforehand, which was delicious and very filling. Overall, this is a good value option for a fun night out.’

  • Duration:

    2 hours (approx.)

  • Operates:

    Fri, Sat

  • Departs from:

    Nelson Place, Williamstown

  • Departs at:

    8.30pm

Featured guest review

'My partner and I went on this ghost tour in Williamstown and found it to be a good mix of interesting and spooky fun. Our guide was very interesting and attentive and we learned a lot about Williamstown's history. We opted for the dinner beforehand, which was delicious and very filling. Overall, this is a good value option for a fun night out.'- Alisonc4 (via TripAdvisor)
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  • Enjoy a pre-tour dinner at the reputedly haunted Steam Packet Hotel (additional cost applies)
  • Take a guided stroll through waterfront alleys and laneways of Williamstown, and hear tales of the precinct’s colourful and infamous past
  • Visit Victoria’s oldest morgue (now abandoned)
  • See the historic Timeball Tower and learn its history.
  • Guided small group walking tour
  • Commentary from a knowledgeable and entertaining guide
  • Two-course dinner (additional cost applies).

  • Julez C – Via TripAdvisor

    THANKYOU to Carol and Ken who gave us a snippet on Williamstown's history. It was a Very active Ghost Tour with singing from the tower heard and a positive interaction using copper rods in the Morgue. I thrive on the paranormal and some of the places we visited where depicted by Carol fantastically, explaining its Colonial history and the spirits that linger too. The walk wasn't too difficult also making in enjoyable. Thank you again and I would highly recommended this tour!

  • Julez C – Via TripAdvisor

    Thankyou to Carol and Ken who gave us a snippet on Williamstown's history. It was a Very active Ghost Tour with singing from the tower heard and a positive interaction using copper rods in the Morgue. I thrive on the paranormal and some of the places we visited where depicted by Carol fantastically, explaining its Colonial history and the spirits that linger too. The walk wasn't too difficult also making in enjoyable. Thank you again and I would highly recommended this tour!

  • VG1302 – Via TripAdvisor

    My wife booked us in for a ghost tour of the Williamstown area last Saturday night. It was wet, windy and chilly - the perfect cocktail for a 2 hour ghost tour. Waiting anxiously in the cold by the Hobson's Bay information centre my wife wondered if we were the only ones to show up for the tour! We could spot two other groups of two people each in the vicinity so guessed we were not alone! At around quarter past 8, a lady draped in black with a black hat and carrying two lanterns made her way to the information centre on the other side, away from us. I guessed she would be our guide and it turned out to be true. The lantern was a good prop indeed. Our guide Ann was lovely right from the word go. Her knowledge of Williamstown's past was great as she talked about the period of gold rush and the subsequent consequences. Most of the tragic tales had a similar theme but they were interesting nonetheless. The eeriest of all was the Williamstown lighthouse or timeball tower. We had a bit of a play with the dowsing rods in there. They were remarkably responsive. It doesn't matter whether you believe in them or not, it was fun handling them and experiencing first-hand something that you may not have experienced. Without spoiling further, I must say the tour ended on a high. Even if you're not into ghosts, I thought it was a good educational tour which threw light on what Williamstown was back in the day. What really stood out for us was the fact that before the tour my wife and I had walked down the strip of road without knowing anything Ann talked about. Having that perspective changed the way we viewed our walk. All in all, every place has a story to tell! We would highly recommend Lantern Ghost Tours for a fun and interesting couple of hours past dawn!

  • VG1302 – Via TripAdvisor

    My wife booked us in for a ghost tour of the Williamstown area last Saturday night. It was wet, windy and chilly - the perfect cocktail for a 2 hour ghost tour. Waiting anxiously in the cold by the Hobson's Bay information centre my wife wondered if we were the only ones to show up for the tour! We could spot two other groups of two people each in the vicinity so guessed we were not alone! At around quarter past 8, a lady draped in black with a black hat and carrying two lanterns made her way to the information centre on the other side, away from us. I guessed she would be our guide and it turned out to be true. The lantern was a good prop indeed. Our guide Ann was lovely right from the word go. Her knowledge of Williamstown's past was great as she talked about the period of gold rush and the subsequent consequences. Most of the tragic tales had a similar theme but they were interesting nonetheless. The eeriest of all was the Williamstown lighthouse or timeball tower. We had a bit of a play with the dowsing rods in there. They were remarkably responsive. It doesn't matter whether you believe in them or not, it was fun handling them and experiencing first-hand something that you may not have experienced. Without spoiling further, I must say the tour ended on a high. Even if yo/u're not into ghosts, I thought it was a good educational tour which threw light on what Williamstown was back in the day. What really stood out for us was the fact that before the tour my wife and I had walked down the strip of road without knowing anything Ann talked about. Having that perspective changed the way we viewed our walk. All in all, every place has a story to tell! We would highly recommend Lantern Ghost Tours for a fun and interesting couple of hours past dawn!

  • Alisonc4 – Via TripAdvisor

    My partner and I went on this ghost tour in Williamstown and found it to be a good mix of interesting and spooky fun. Our guide was very interesting and attentive and we learned a lot about Williamstown's history. We opted for the dinner beforehand, which was delicious and very filling. Overall, this is a good value option for a fun night out.

  • Highlights
    • Enjoy a pre-tour dinner at the reputedly haunted Steam Packet Hotel (additional cost applies)
    • Take a guided stroll through waterfront alleys and laneways of Williamstown, and hear tales of the precinct’s colourful and infamous past
    • Visit Victoria’s oldest morgue (now abandoned)
    • See the historic Timeball Tower and learn its history.
  • What's Included
    • Guided small group walking tour
    • Commentary from a knowledgeable and entertaining guide
    • Two-course dinner (additional cost applies).
  • What You Can Expect

    If you are looking for a spooky experience that combines intriguing history, colourful characters, and a true sense of the macabre (you’ll visit a disused morgue on this tour!), this Old Williamstown Ghost Tour is for you. Join an evening guided walk around waterfront Williamstown — one of Melbourne’s oldest suburbs — with the option of dinner beforehand to fortify you for what lies ahead: history, mystery and paranormal activity!

    If you choose the dinner and tour option (highly recommended) you’ll start your experience two hours before the tour. Your dinner will be booked for you at the legendary (and reputedly very haunted!) Steam Packet Hotel, 13 Cole Street, Williamstown. You’ll enjoy two courses from their outstanding menu.

    After dinner, you’ll make your own way to the tour meeting point at the nearby Hobson’s Bay Visitor Information Centre. There you’ll meet your expert guide and the rest of your team of ghost hunters, before setting off on a walk by lamplight through what was originally known as King William’s Town — the capital of Victoria.

    Williamstown had close to thirty pubs in its early days, making it one of the seediest and most volatile precincts in Melbourne. You’ll stroll down waterfront alleys and along cobbled laneways, hearing tales of the bawdy behaviour and heinous crimes that were a way of life here.

    In hot pursuit of a high level of paranormal activity, you’ll visit Victoria’s oldest morgue — long abandoned to the ghosts of those who were laid out here. You’ll also visit the Timeball Tower and learn of its role as a beacon to ships to set their chronometers by the daily drop of the huge ball from the tower.

    Covering a distance of around two kilometres (with some stairs), this comprehensive Old Williamstown Ghost Tour offers a ghostly glimpse of Melbourne’s dark past. It’s a must-do!

    This activity is included in the Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass.

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  • Guest Reviews

    • Julez C – Via TripAdvisor

      THANKYOU to Carol and Ken who gave us a snippet on Williamstown's history. It was a Very active Ghost Tour with singing from the tower heard and a positive interaction using copper rods in the Morgue. I thrive on the paranormal and some of the places we visited where depicted by Carol fantastically, explaining its Colonial history and the spirits that linger too. The walk wasn't too difficult also making in enjoyable. Thank you again and I would highly recommended this tour!

    • Julez C – Via TripAdvisor

      Thankyou to Carol and Ken who gave us a snippet on Williamstown's history. It was a Very active Ghost Tour with singing from the tower heard and a positive interaction using copper rods in the Morgue. I thrive on the paranormal and some of the places we visited where depicted by Carol fantastically, explaining its Colonial history and the spirits that linger too. The walk wasn't too difficult also making in enjoyable. Thank you again and I would highly recommended this tour!

    • VG1302 – Via TripAdvisor

      My wife booked us in for a ghost tour of the Williamstown area last Saturday night. It was wet, windy and chilly - the perfect cocktail for a 2 hour ghost tour. Waiting anxiously in the cold by the Hobson's Bay information centre my wife wondered if we were the only ones to show up for the tour! We could spot two other groups of two people each in the vicinity so guessed we were not alone! At around quarter past 8, a lady draped in black with a black hat and carrying two lanterns made her way to the information centre on the other side, away from us. I guessed she would be our guide and it turned out to be true. The lantern was a good prop indeed. Our guide Ann was lovely right from the word go. Her knowledge of Williamstown's past was great as she talked about the period of gold rush and the subsequent consequences. Most of the tragic tales had a similar theme but they were interesting nonetheless. The eeriest of all was the Williamstown lighthouse or timeball tower. We had a bit of a play with the dowsing rods in there. They were remarkably responsive. It doesn't matter whether you believe in them or not, it was fun handling them and experiencing first-hand something that you may not have experienced. Without spoiling further, I must say the tour ended on a high. Even if you're not into ghosts, I thought it was a good educational tour which threw light on what Williamstown was back in the day. What really stood out for us was the fact that before the tour my wife and I had walked down the strip of road without knowing anything Ann talked about. Having that perspective changed the way we viewed our walk. All in all, every place has a story to tell! We would highly recommend Lantern Ghost Tours for a fun and interesting couple of hours past dawn!

    • VG1302 – Via TripAdvisor

      My wife booked us in for a ghost tour of the Williamstown area last Saturday night. It was wet, windy and chilly - the perfect cocktail for a 2 hour ghost tour. Waiting anxiously in the cold by the Hobson's Bay information centre my wife wondered if we were the only ones to show up for the tour! We could spot two other groups of two people each in the vicinity so guessed we were not alone! At around quarter past 8, a lady draped in black with a black hat and carrying two lanterns made her way to the information centre on the other side, away from us. I guessed she would be our guide and it turned out to be true. The lantern was a good prop indeed. Our guide Ann was lovely right from the word go. Her knowledge of Williamstown's past was great as she talked about the period of gold rush and the subsequent consequences. Most of the tragic tales had a similar theme but they were interesting nonetheless. The eeriest of all was the Williamstown lighthouse or timeball tower. We had a bit of a play with the dowsing rods in there. They were remarkably responsive. It doesn't matter whether you believe in them or not, it was fun handling them and experiencing first-hand something that you may not have experienced. Without spoiling further, I must say the tour ended on a high. Even if yo/u're not into ghosts, I thought it was a good educational tour which threw light on what Williamstown was back in the day. What really stood out for us was the fact that before the tour my wife and I had walked down the strip of road without knowing anything Ann talked about. Having that perspective changed the way we viewed our walk. All in all, every place has a story to tell! We would highly recommend Lantern Ghost Tours for a fun and interesting couple of hours past dawn!

    • Alisonc4 – Via TripAdvisor

      My partner and I went on this ghost tour in Williamstown and found it to be a good mix of interesting and spooky fun. Our guide was very interesting and attentive and we learned a lot about Williamstown's history. We opted for the dinner beforehand, which was delicious and very filling. Overall, this is a good value option for a fun night out.

  • Important Information
    • This tour has one central meeting point. Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
    • Williamstown can be reached by train from Melbourne’s Flinders Street or Southern Cross railway stations. Take the Williamstown Line. The journey takes roughly 30 minutes.
    • Children must be accompanied on this tour by an adult.
    • Dinner is booked for two hours prior to the tour for those that choose the combined dinner and tour option. Participants must make their own way to the Steam Packet Hotel, 13 Cole Street, Williamstown, and from there to the tour meeting point at Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Center, Nelson Place, Williamstown.
    • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
    • To purchase a gift voucher, please click here.
    • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
What You Can Expect

If you are looking for a spooky experience that combines intriguing history, colourful characters, and a true sense of the macabre (you’ll visit a disused morgue on this tour!), this Old Williamstown Ghost Tour is for you. Join an evening guided walk around waterfront Williamstown — one of Melbourne’s oldest suburbs — with the option of dinner beforehand to fortify you for what lies ahead: history, mystery and paranormal activity!

If you choose the dinner and tour option (highly recommended) you’ll start your experience two hours before the tour. Your dinner will be booked for you at the legendary (and reputedly very haunted!) Steam Packet Hotel, 13 Cole Street, Williamstown. You’ll enjoy two courses from their outstanding menu.

After dinner, you’ll make your own way to the tour meeting point at the nearby Hobson’s Bay Visitor Information Centre. There you’ll meet your expert guide and the rest of your team of ghost hunters, before setting off on a walk by lamplight through what was originally known as King William’s Town — the capital of Victoria.

Williamstown had close to thirty pubs in its early days, making it one of the seediest and most volatile precincts in Melbourne. You’ll stroll down waterfront alleys and along cobbled laneways, hearing tales of the bawdy behaviour and heinous crimes that were a way of life here.

In hot pursuit of a high level of paranormal activity, you’ll visit Victoria’s oldest morgue — long abandoned to the ghosts of those who were laid out here. You’ll also visit the Timeball Tower and learn of its role as a beacon to ships to set their chronometers by the daily drop of the huge ball from the tower.

Covering a distance of around two kilometres (with some stairs), this comprehensive Old Williamstown Ghost Tour offers a ghostly glimpse of Melbourne’s dark past. It’s a must-do!

This activity is included in the Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass.

Important Information
  • This tour has one central meeting point. Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • Williamstown can be reached by train from Melbourne’s Flinders Street or Southern Cross railway stations. Take the Williamstown Line. The journey takes roughly 30 minutes.
  • Children must be accompanied on this tour by an adult.
  • Dinner is booked for two hours prior to the tour for those that choose the combined dinner and tour option. Participants must make their own way to the Steam Packet Hotel, 13 Cole Street, Williamstown, and from there to the tour meeting point at Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Center, Nelson Place, Williamstown.
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • To purchase a gift voucher, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.
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