Fright night: Victoria’s scariest haunted locations
Get your freak on at these haunted houses and paranormal prisons across Victoria.
From abandoned asylums to derelict jails, eerie pubs and spooky homesteads, the paranormally enthused say Victoria is home to some of the most ‘active’ locations in the country. In the lead-up to Halloween on 31 October, we look at the top haunted spots around the state where you can search for those things that go bump in the night.
From 1845 until its closure in 1924 the Old Melbourne Gaol housed Melbourne’s most dangerous criminals.
Black Rock House, Black Rock
Mystery has always surrounded this historic property, built in 1856 for Victoria’s first Auditor-General Charles Ebden. Built in the style of Black Rock Castle in Ireland’s Cork, the home was the Ebdens’ seaside retreat, and also used to entertain Melbourne’s elite. After falling into disrepair, it has now been restored to its former glory. Mystery has always surrounded the house, from rumoured underground tunnels to haunted cellars and the ‘death room’. Black Rock House is said to house no fewer than 13 identified spirits, including a young woman named Annie who usually takes a shine to male guests.
More info: blackrockhouse.org.au
Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne
It was at the gallows in this impressive bluestone jail in the heart of Melbourne that 135 people, including bushranger Ned Kelly, met their fate. It’s little wonder then that it’s high on the list for paranormal activity. Caretakers the National Trust run regular night-time ghost tours and occasional sleepovers. In the dead of night this place is seriously creepy. You never know who you might bump into. RACV members save 10 per cent on admission to the Old Melbourne Gaol.
More info: oldmelbournegaol.com.au
Point Cook Homestead, Point Cook
The former home of Scottish settlers the Chirnside family, this homestead and adjacent stables were built in the 1850s and have more than their fair share of dark secrets. Surrounded by beach and bushland, the homestead is said to be haunted by Thomas Chirnside, as well as other stablehands and lost souls, most of whom met a gruesome end. Visitors to the stables also report hearing racehorses long since passed.
More info: lanternghosttours.com