Sydney's Best Ghost Tours
There’s an unexplained breeze on the back of your neck, your palms are sweaty, your chest is thumping so hard you can literally hear your heart beating and the hairs on your arms are standing upright...If this sounds like your ideal night out then grab your kids (note: most tours are suitable for older children only), pack your spare pair of undies and hit the road because we’ve put together a list of Sydney’s best ghost tours.
Pricing correct at time of publication (November 2020).
1. The Q Station AKA The Quarantine Station Manly
The Q Station offers a variety of ghost tours – two of these tours cater for children and teenagers.
For families with kids 8-14 years of age, there's a 'Ghost Trackers Family Tour' option. This tour commences at 6 pm and goes for two hours. Tickets are $38 adult / $32 concession / $29 child or $125 for a family (2 adults and 2 children).
For families with 'getting older' teenagers (15+ years), the 'Ghostly encounters' is the best bet. This tour commences at 8 pm and goes for two and a half hours.
Tickets: $49 adult / $44 concession on weekdays and $55 adult / $49 concession on Saturday nights.
2. Haunted History Night Tours On Cockatoo Island
Starting at 6.30 pm, this 90min family night tour (every Saturday night) takes you around the Cockatoo Island convict workshop and gaol, tunnel, dry docks and house. Given the history of the island, this tour is sure to give you a sleepless night. Although open to all ages, they do warn against bringing younger children due to both the content and the difficult walkways.
Tickets: Adults $25 / Children (up to 16 years) $15, plus booking fees.
3. The Rocks Ghost Tour
The Rocks Ghost tours offer a nightly tour, which starts at 7:45 pm sharp and runs for between 1.5 and 2 hours.
The tour is for children 12 and over and offers a unique range of experiences as you listen to a poltergeist, see apparitions and learn of Australia’s early white history around the harbour.
Tickets: Adults $45 / Children (12-17) $35. Tours are 90mins in duration.
Royal Botanic Garden Ghostly Garden Tour
In a rare opportunity to come within the Garden Gates after hours, you’ll journey along shadowy tree-lined paths, creep past gloomy ponds and tiptoe through eerie grottos. You'll hear spooky and kooky stories of the Garden's past — tales of people long-since dead — as bats flit above your head and night-creatures stare from the treetops on this unforgettable tour of the 'ghostly garden’. Suitable for ages 12 and up.
Tickets: $42 per person
Parramatta Ghost Tours
For brave-hearted kids aged 12 and above, the Murder and Mischief Ghost Tours at Parramatta Gaol will teach you about the history, murders and ghosts of the infamous Old Parramatta Gaol, which was built in 1837, and which, when it shut down in 2011, was the longest-running Gaol in Australia.
Tickets: Adults $45/Children 12-16 - $35
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