Ever hear anything go bump in the night, and then when you investigate there is nothing there? Was it a ghost? Was it a koala? What was that noise that went bump in the night? For some of us hearing that unexplained noise in just a matter of course and not to be considered again. Then there are those of us that are a bit more curious. Maybe you like the adrenaline rush from being scared, or perhaps you are just interested in all things paranormal.
Australia has itâÂÂs roots as a prison colony and many of the buildings are already over two centuries old. Many of the colonial era buildings were built by convicts and because of their great age they have stood through some very scary times in history. Like the days of the quintessential insane asylum. Paranormal activity is also said to increase near bodies of water and as the worlds largest island nation there is no other country with quite so much water surrounding it. Australia is a veritable feast for ghost hunters. We have picked out ten of the creepiest places to get your ghost hunt on.
Open your eyes, open your ears, and get ready to go looking for that noise that goes bump in the night.
When you have a creek named after your ghost and the town the creek is in holds an annual ghost festival in your name you know you have done haunting right. The legend of FisherâÂÂs ghost goes all the way back to 1826. On the 17th of June Mr. Fisher left his house and was never seen in the flesh again. Conveniently the man that inherited FisherâÂÂs farm said that Mr. Fisher had returned to England and would not be coming back to Australia.
Several months after the disappearance a man by the name of John Farley ran into the ghost of Fred Fisher. The ghost was sitting on the railing near the creek that now is named for the apparition in question. A distraught Farley reported the incident to authorities. The ghost was reported to have pointed beyond the creek to a paddock and did not speak.
This was dismissed at first, however enough suspicions were raised that police eventually investigated the paddock. The remains of Fisher were discovered and Worrall was charged with the murder. This ghost story from CAmpbelltown has captivated Australian audiences for generations. It is a true piece of Australian folklore.
Originally built as a reminder to those in the city that Sydney is a penal colony, the Darlinghurst Gaol is now part of the East Sydney Technical College. The paranormal activity began being reported when the restoration of the TAFE began. Today there are three known rooms and five separate apparitions that have been continually reported.
The University of Western Sydney has a haunted building within its grounds. The Parramatta Female Orphan School, originally built to deal with the street urchins that made Gov. Macquarie feel uncomfortable. His intentions were noble, getting little girls off the street. The orphanage did provide shelter for many girls through the years, most of the them offspring of convicts. By 1829 there were 152 girls in the facility designed to house 100 and in the 1830s the average number hovered around 170.
Although abuse does not appear to have been a rampant problem there are stories of sexual abuse, sometimes girls were locked in the cellar underneath the facility, and diseases such as Scarlet Fever, Small Pox, Cholera, Whooping Cough, and influenza were common.
There was a short time where the orphanage was used as an insane asylum housing AustraliaâÂÂs most deranged lunatics.
For those that are looking to experience a bit of paranormal activity the orphanage has many reported incidence through the years. Check it out and see for yourself if you can spot anything that can not be explained.
Anyplace that has a musket and manacles on display in a museum to show that they were quite serious about people not leaving without medical clearance is sure to be a creepy place. The Quarantine Station when in use was filled with misery, disease, death, and the macabre. The mood was sombre on a good day and worse on a bad day. Built in 1832 but used mainly from the 1870s to the 1920s Quarantine Station has had hauntings reported for well over a century.
The amount of anguish that came through the Quarantine Station is nearly unbelievable. Over 500 people died and thousands were detained. The detainees left a memorial to their heartbreak. There are poems about lost loves, comedic stories, tragic epitaphs,, and crazy rants all over the walls. The Quarantine Station did not discriminate. Even in the 1800s this was an international port and drew ships from Britain, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Greece, Russia, and other parts of the Mediterranean.
Many detainees spent 3-6 months on board a disease ridden ship prior to the arrival at quarantine station. There are countless stories depicting the adventures on the high seas, as well as the torment these people went through travelling the globe at such a time.
There are a number of ghost tours held at Manly Quarantine Station as it is known throughout Australia as the most haunted location in Oz. There are a number of stories about ghosts from apparitions that span the globe.
There are a number of haunted places to visit in and around Sydney. These are just four of the most well known haunted areas. Choose your location and create your own customized ghost hunting tour. Call our logistics agents today at 1 800 BUS CHARTER (1 800 287 242) to book your paranormal adventure, or visit our online enquiry form and note that you want to hear things that go bump in the night.