Australia. The land “Down Under” that’s far, far away. With such isolation, is it any real surprise that there’s many spooky and haunted places to check out in this vast country?
Q Station, Sydney
Officially Australia’s “most haunted hotel”, my stay at this place was creeeeeeepy! Q Station, also known as North Head Quarantine Station is located on the north side of Sydney Harbour.
Originally the buildings were used as quarantine station for anyone arriving into the colony between 1832 to 1984 who may have had infectious diseases. The buildings have been subjected to many ghost hunts throughout the recent history and some very spooky sightings have occurred.
My own experience of visiting Q Station was rather different than arriving with a disease back in the quarantine days, it is now a luxury hotel and venue in a prime Sydney location. I stayed here for just one night and I was so scared, there were many creaks and noises but as my head mostly stayed under the duvet all night even if a ghost did join me in my room, I wouldn’t have seen!
Port Arthur, Tasmania
Port Arthur is a former convict prison, used between 1833 until 1853 during which time only the most vicious of British convicts were sent here. At the time it would have been an ideal location as it was isolated and had a port enabling the British to dock and unload their convicts.
The site is spread over quite a large area with many original buildings still intact, except the main penitentiary which caught fire during the late 1880’s. I visited in July 2009, at that time it was winter and there was very few tourists. Many of the buildings were open but didn’t have anyone inside so I had the opportunity to stop and read many of the information boards.
The Post Office building featured original wood floors and had three rooms (one of which was inaccessible) after seeing the first room which housed telephone boxes I went across to the opposite room and whilst reading the information boards I clearly heard footsteps on the hard wooden floors. Initially I just thought another tourist was entering the building, however the steps were slow and firm so I went into the hallway and no-one was there! This automatically creeped me out and I quickly vacated the building.
Some of the rooms do have sound effects, however upon checking with various members of staff they all confirmed that building didn’t have any. Therefore, for me personally I know what I heard and it just simply adds to the spookiness of the place.
Sadly Port Arthur is also known for another more recent gruesome event, in 1996 a single gunman shot and killed 35 people, mainly tourists who had been visiting the site. This thankfully hasn’t stopped tourists visiting and it is now Tasmania’s most popular tourist attraction.
Uluru, Northern Territory
In theory I didn’t have any “haunted experiences” at Uluru, however to me though the whole area just felt slightly spooky and a little odd. I guess this was simply due to it being in such an isolated part of the outback and I’ve probably seen one too many horror films.
Walking around Uluru (previously known as Ayers Rock) was a magical experience, like stepping back in time. I can imagine how the first person who discovered this huge sandstone rock must have felt. To respect the Aboriginals wishes, please don’t climb Uluru!
Although I’m sure there’s many other spooky or haunted places in Australia I’ve only included experiences that I encountered during my time in the country.
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