Neither if us had ever been on a ghost tour before, or anything remotely close to it, so we’re intrigued (and a little trepidatious!) about what we would encounter on our night out with Eerie Ghost Tours. Starting out at the grand old Ballarat Train Station, it was clear who our guide was the minute he arrived – dressed in vintage undertake clothing, complete with pocket watch and top hat, Mitchell immediately got everyone into the mood with his eerie look and demeanour. We’re not sure if he has ever done acting, but if not, he did an exceptional job throughout the night!
Eerie Ghost Tours offer three different tours, and a new one soon to be launched – Rupertswood Mansion Dinner and Murder Night. We went the traditional Ballarat Ghost Tour, which explores the dark and paranormal side of Australia’s premier Gold Rush city – also said to be Australia’s most haunted city.
Founded in the early 1800’s, Ballarat has seen its share of tears and misery from the hazards of the Gold Rush and primitive mining underground to the bloodshed at the Eureka Stockade. Across the course of our tour, from underground buildings to back alleyways, the old Ballarat Gaol to the solicitor’s office where running water can still be heard in the room where a young girl met her death, you’ll learn a lot not just about the paranormal side of Ballarat’s history, but also of it’s general history. Our tour lasted 1.5 hours, and there was nothing staged about the tour at all. The stories spoke for themselves, and we left thinking it was good value for money. It was great to see a historical city in such a different light – or in the dark, rather.
Eerie Tours will provide you with a night of uncanny occurrence and tales of the birth of the Australian spirit… in more ways than one. Well worth a visit!