New South Wales
Opened to tourists in 1840 and dating back 340 million years, the Jenolan Caves are not only Australia’s oldest tourist attraction, but also the oldest public caves on the planet. Just imagine if those caves could talk! Or maybe they can? Fright-seekers (strictly aged 10 years and up) can experience the irksome crevices of these underground labyrinths, brought to life by special two-hour ‘Legends, Mysteries & Ghosts’ tours. Armed with lanterns you’ll head into the dank, dark silence led by a guide who focuses more on the myths and oddities of the rocks than their geology. Many of the mysteries involve Miss Chisholm, the namesake of the site’s restaurant, who is said to be a frequent visitor to the caves. Guests can expect to hear echoing ‘footsteps’ of phantoms behind them, feel a little spooked... and maybe even stumble upon something inexplicable.
As first port of call for immigrants to Australia since 1835, about 13,000 people have been sequestered at Sydney Harbour’s Quarantine Station with suspected smallpox, influenza or other contagions throughout its 150-year history. Q Station packs in the screams, offering ghost tours for all ages and spook-abilities. At least 55 supernatural presences are said to linger within the complex’s hospital, shower block, dining room... and, of course, the ever-eerie morgue. The Family Ghost Tour is perfect for five to 15 year olds, or there’s the special Ghost Trackers experience that lets older kids and accompanying adults use the latest equipment to detect paranormal activity. It puts a haunting spin on Australian history, and its on-site boutique accommodation and Boilerhouse Restaurant and Bar mean you can make it a harbourside weekend if you dare!
The Rocks Ghost Tours
The Rocks – the historic heart of Sydney – has mysteries lurking around each cobbled corner. While there are adult tours that cover everything from team building to hens’ nights, The Rocks Family Ghost Tours, teen birthday packages and exclusive tour options provide a harrowing hoopla for eight-year-olds to grandmas. On the Family Tour, your ‘Ghost Host’ will appoint each participant a character, one that will be involved in acting out the stories as the tour progresses through the Rocks’ winding alleys and historic Cadman’s and Signal Master’s Cottages. These tours operate on the third Saturday of every month or as requested – extra sessions run during school holidays.