Sydney's Best Ghost Tours
There’s an unexplained breeze on the back of your neck, your palms are sweaty, and your chest is thumping so hard you can literally hear your heart beating...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. You've been warned.
1. The Q 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 runs for two hours. Family ghost tour 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 are $49 adult/$44 concession on weekdays and $55 adult / $49 concession on Saturday nights.
Visit Q Station Manly for more information.
2. Haunted History Night Tours Cockatoo Island
Starting at 6.30 pm, this 90min family ghost 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, Cockatoo Island 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. Cockatoo Island ghost tour tickets can be purchased on the website.
3. The Rocks Ghost Tour
The Rocks Ghost tours offer a nightly tour, which starts at 7:45 pm and runs for between 1.5 and 2 hours. The Rocks Ghost Tour is for children 12 and over and offers a unique ghostly experience 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. Visit The Rocks Ghost Tours for more information.
4. Royal Botanic Garden Ghostly Garden Tour
Royal Botanic Garden's Ghost Tour is a rare opportunity to come within the Garden Gates after hours where 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’. Royal Botanic Garden Ghostly Garden Tour is suitable for ages 12 and up.
Tickets: $42 per person. Royal Botanic Garden Ghostly Garden Tour information is available online.
5. Parramatta Gaol 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. The Parramatta Gaol Ghost Tour is the ultimate murder and mischief ghost tour.
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