Explore the facilities for 2 hours after dark. Be haunted by stories of bizarre history, brutal treatments, amazing personal stories, and of course lots of ghost stories.
The tour travels through the administration building, chapel, kitchen, infirmaries, surgery theatres, morgue and the most intact cell blocks in Australia.
Tours are limited to 30 people, and are lead by a team of professional theatrical historians.
Aradale is Australia's largest abandoned lunatic asylum. Opened in 1867 as Ararat Lunatic Asylum, this building housed tens of thousands of people described as "Lunatics", "idiots" and "imbeciles" - some of them described as the worst lunatics in the British Empire.
Completed 40 years before Freud, this building saw some of the most controversial psychiatric treatments in Australia. Around 13,000 people passed away here in it's 130 years. As a result, Aradale is considered one of the most haunted locations in Australia.
At its height, Aradale consisted of 68 buildings and was home to over 2000 patients and staff, making it a self sufficient town.
And now, for the first time, Aradale's doors have opened for evening explorations. Do you have what it takes to explore one of Australia's eeriest buildings after dark?
Tours are currently operating Fridays at 8:00 pm and Saturdays at 7:00 pm.
Friday, 10 April, 2020
Saturday, 11 April, 2020
Tours are not suitable for children under the age of 8. Please note that tour content may not be suitable for all children and parental discretion is advised.
Video cameras are not permitted.
Tours are an easy walk, with an emphasis on stories. Note that there are a lot of stairs.
Unfortunately tours are not suitable for wheelchairs.
Nathanial was great.
Nathaniel is a walking talking historian. We took away so much history on Aradale. As to the spirits that reside I think they are over the large groups and choose to stay hidden. The only place I felt any presence was the third floor of the staff quarters. On our own I took pictures up the hall and after many black shots the iPhone that takes mutable shutter shots in the dark I found a dot line leading from the floor. Who knows what it is. All in all if you like history, architecture and stories of Australia’s dark past this is for you.
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