Images of haunted and spooky buildings is not what you get when you think of Australia. Your mind can most likely only conjure up kangaroos and sunny days. But in fact, eerily haunted places do exist in Australia! And they’re more than you’d like!
Here’s a list of 4 haunted places in Australia:
1. Fremantle Arts Center in Western Australia:
Guess what this place used to be back in the days? An insane asylum! It has earned as the most haunted places in all of Southern Hemisphere. It was built between 1861 and 1868 by convict labor. It was first used as a psychiatric hospital called Fremantle Lunatic Asylum (that name alone makes me shudder!) In the early 1900s, the government recommended the building should be demolished following two suspicious deaths. The building stood but the asylum was transferred to another location. It was used for a host of other purposes until it became an arts center after World War II. Even today, people report unwelcome feelings, odd paintings and ghostly whispers!
2. Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee, New South Wales:
Murder, suicide, torture – this place has got it all! It’s infamous as “Australia’s most haunted house” because a pregnant caretaker committed suicide, a nanny was pushed down the stairs leading to the baby’s death, and a stable boy was tragically burnt to death in his sleep. In 1961, the gardner was shot by a young man who was obsessed with the movie Psycho! The house is reported to be haunted by the original owners, the Crawleys. The Ryan family owns this Victorian cottage now, and they report all sorts of chilly supernatural occurrences! Lights turn on and off, mysterious figures appear in photographs and Mrs. Crawley is often sighted. To me, that house seems like a death trap!
3. Old Melbourne Gaol in Melbourne, Victoria:
This creepy place used to be a prison where some of the most notorious Australian criminals were executed – 133 convicts to be exact! One of its most notorious victims was the legendary Ned Kelly – also known as Australia’s Robin Hood. Serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming was also executed here. From his six known victims, two were his wives and four were his children! *shudders* Today, this building is a museum containing information and memorabilia of the prison’s staff and convicts. It used to display Ned Kelly’s skull until it was stolen in 1978. An innocent prisoner, Colin Campbell Ross, was gruesomely executed using new experimental equipment which led to his slow and torturous death. He was later proven innocent. The museum also displays death masks of various convicts including Deeming’s! Many have reported chilly vibes and voices near cells in the museum!
4. Devil’s Pool near Babinda, Queensland:
This natural pool has claimed the lives of 17 people since 1959, the most recent one being in November 2008! There’s a plaque, on site, for one of its victims which reads “he came for a visit and stayed forever”. Aboriginal folklore relates that a woman drowned herself here after being separated from her lover, and now she lures young men to their death!By Abuzar Mir