Locals say that our hills are home to the spirits of Mason and Bird’s timber mill workers, who built a thriving community in Orange Grove in the 1860s.
Find out for yourself when you experience the City of Gosnells popular annual Ghost Walks. Come along and enjoy a fully guided 5.5 km moon lit walk along a well-marked bush track from the historic Victoria Dam to the Bickley Reservoir in the Orange Grove Hills.
Along the way, you will explore the history of the Mason and Bird Timber Mill Company and the bustling community that thrived in the area over 150 years ago.
Meet the friendly ghost performers who will tell you colourful tales of the many characters that lived and worked in the district at the time.
Beware of the convicts you may encounter lingering near the railway bridge that still stands today, for which they provided much of the hard labour during its construction.
Experience the local environment in a new way with this exciting family entertainment as you enjoy the magnificent bush scenery and views of the Perth City lights.
Each tour night, four groups of approximately 30 walkers enjoy the entertainment.
Each walk is 5.5 km in length and includes some hills, steps and uneven surfaces. A moderate level of fitness is required. The walk takes approximately three hours and includes, commencing with a comfortable 20 minute bus ride from Hardinge Road picnic area to the starting point at Victoria Dam car park.
On return from your walk you can enjoy a delicious supper, converse with the volunteers who have returned from the track, earn your Ticket of Leave and pick up some brochures and information about local history and coming events.
The tour meeting point is Hardinge Road picnic area in Orange Grove. Approximately 20km south east of Perth central. To find the car park, please follow the clearly marked signs from Hardinge Road.
Ghost Walks season is held between October and March each year, with events held on Friday evenings closest to the full moon.
Walk departure times: 7.00pm, 7.15pm, 7.30pm, 7.45pm.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your booked timeslot and sign in with a City of Gosnells staff member.
Family groups and children are welcome (minimum age is five years). The track is not suitable for prams and strollers due to the uneven surfaces.
Please bring sturdy shoes, a water bottle, warm jacket and rain gear if necessary.
The walk requires a moderate level of fitness and takes approximately two and a half hours to complete.
Great historical walk
Great historical tour. Not a ghost tour. There are characters that tell stories of hardship and life of working and living around the timber mill. Entertaining and interesting if you love history. Some loose rocks on the trail makes it a bit of a slip hazard. So anyone unfit, with sore knees best not do the tour. Make sure you use the toilet facilites before starting the tour and watch your water intake as no where to have a bathroom break for a couple of hours. Supper from the scouts was a nice touch after the tour. Nibbles of sausage rolls, sandwiches, mini cup cakes tea/coffee, water and cordial was on offer to eat and chat with the volunteers who played the ghostly characters you meet on the trail. Over all a well organised tour. A different night out. Well enjoyed
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