5 Haunting places in Australia that have us saying "nope" this Halloween

19 October 2020
Read Time: 2.6 mins

These five places are the reason we want to make like JoJo and get out right now and never return to Australia. But in case your curiosity gets the better of you and you decide to read about these spooky locations, don’t blame us when you have to dig out the old wall mount nightlight to help you sleep tonight.


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Alas here are five scary places I hope to never ever visit:

An orphanage in Goulburn = nope.

Formerly the St.John’s Orphanage or the ‘Goulburn Boys Orphanage’ that was run by the Sisters of Mercy and the Catholic Church until its closure in 1978.


This old Quarantine Station in Sydney = nope nope.

For over 150 years the North Head Quarantine Station was used to isolate people who had or had been exposed to deadly infectious diseases such as bubonic plague, spanish influenza, smallpox, typhus, scarlet fever & yellow fever. It is said that the spirits of the 500-plus people who died during the station’s history still haunt it. Multiple reports also claim to have seen the same blonde girl with plaited hair, who talked to them and sometimes took them by the hand.


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The Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee = bloody hell nope.

This homestead in Junee is renowned for being “Australia’s Most Haunted House” due to its disturbing history of grisly accidents and deaths. A boy burned alive in the stables, a small girl was “pushed” out of a maid’s arms and down the stairs by a mysterious unseen force, and most recently in 1961, the fatal shooting of a gardener by a local youth obsessed with the film Psycho. Visitors have reported seeing strange lights, presences, and ghostly figures throughout the house.



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This amusement park in Mandurah, WA, nope.

Take one look at this and tell me you’d feel safe standing there in that park alone.

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Australia’s largest abandoned insane asylum = hell-to-the-nope.

Aradale is Australia’s largest abandoned lunatic asylum. Comprised of over sixty buildings and placed in over hundred acres on the top of a hill near Ararat, Victoria. Completed forty years before Freud, this building saw some of the most controversial psychiatric treatments in Australia. Around 13,000 people died there in its 130 years. As a result, there are tales of Nurse Kerry, who allegedly haunts the women’s wing and watches the ghost tour groups from one room in particular along with a string of other creepy occurrences.


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Brrrr, are you as spooked out as I am? Or excited to explore the remains of these scary buildings? Either way, check out the DEALS page to find out more about our latest flights, tours & more! It's not a spooky place, I promise... BOO!

Sam Aldenton

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Sam Aldenton is a Flight Centre writer, producer and social media specialist. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she is based in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @samaaldenton.