1. Australia
  2. Victoria, Australia
  3. Melbourne

Visit J Ward Lunatic Asylum: Night Ghost Tour in Ararat

Product ID: 41516
Visit Australia's home to the criminally insane, and Ararat's most visited attraction: the J Ward Lunatic Asylum. Explore the museum, followed by a ghost tour of the home of notorious criminals including Chopper Read, Gary Webb and William Wallace.
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Duration: 2 hours
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  • Visit the home of the criminally insane at the J Ward Lunatic Asylum
  • Enjoy a eerie ghost tour through the original asylum
  • Gain access to the J Ward Museum and buildings not usually open to the public
Full description
Be incarcerated for the evening at Australia's home to the criminally insane: the famous J Ward Lunatic Asylum.

Meet at J Ward, Girdlestone Street, Ararat in the evening and commence the tour with free museum access to explore the memorabilia of the past including straight jackets, electro shock therapy devices, and fascinating patient records.

After exploring the museum, enjoy a guided ghost tour of approximately 2 hours through the home of notorious criminals such as Chopper Read, Gary Webb and William Wallace. Explore the governor's bathroom, the hangman's gallows, the original kitchen, the showerblock, the grave sites, the West Wing, the J Ward Block, and the exercise yards and grounds in search of the souls that still linger, and hear the terrifying stories of murdered inmates and prisoners buried in the grounds as you explore the property.

Tours run every Friday and Saturday evening at 9:30 PM.
  • A ghost tour of approximately 2 hours
  • Museum access
  • Ghost host
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off

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Meeting point

J Ward is 2.5-hour drive from Melbourne, with free street car parking. J Ward is a 10-minute walk from Ararat Train Station • Turn right down Birdwood Avenue towards the town centre • Turn right up Queen Street • Turn left down Girdlestone Street • J Ward is located at the end of the street on the right-hand side

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Important information
Know before you go
There are steps, so unfortunately people with mobility restrictions will not be able to access all areas.
This is a slow, walking tour so the ability to walk at a slow pace for up to 2 hours is required.
Minimum age is 12 years old.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
  • Safety
    3.8 / 5
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Great ghost tour, would love to do it again.

Really enjoyed our ghost tour, we used some equipment to try and contact resident ghosts and had some very interesting results. Sadly though we had some people on our tour that weren't being respectful of others or the potential spirits around us. Would love to do the tour again though and see what activity we could get second time around.

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October 7, 2018

Absolutely brilliant! Our guide was tremendous and very wecoming.

Fabulous night had by my partner and I. Being one who can communicate with those who have crossed, it made for a very interesting night. We plan to do the sleep over in the near future. Look forward to going through again and other places as well. Thank you for providing such an incredible part of history

August 26, 2017

November 3, 2019

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Lantern Ghost Tours

Product ID: 41516