Old Adelaide Gaol Ghost Crime Tour

Thebarton, SA

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Thebarton, SA

Come on a tour like no other as Ghost Crime Tours is very proud to announce that we can now take you to one of the most actively haunted locations in Australia – The Old Adelaide Gaol!

Originally built in 1841, the Adelaide gaol and Government house are the two oldest buildings in South Australia. The gaol was open between 1841 to 1988 some 147 years, with sixty six executions by hanging happing in South Australia, the Adelaide Gaol saw 45 of them. This is a tour that is sure not to disappoint as there are so many tales to tell on this tour.

From the amazing history and design of the gaol that ran way over budget and nearly bankrupted the new state before it had even opened and received its first guest, to the approx. 300000 inmates that had the displeasure of being housed here.

Among the executions at the gaol was John Balaban, possibly Australia’s first serial killer. John Balaban was convicted of one of Australia's most sadistic killers; he confessed to killing five people in as many years and was executed by hanging at the Adelaide Gaol on 26th August 1953.

Come on our tour of the Old Adelaide gaol and hear the story of Elizabeth Woolcock, the only women to be executed in South Australia, did she deserve to be hung? There are many who believe then and still believe today that this was not justice and that she was unfairly treated, however we will tell you the facts of the case and simply let you be the judge.

There are also those who say that Elizabeth still walks the gaol to this day, come on our tour and you could be lucky enough to meet her?

Ghosts Crime Tours is very excited to be offering to you our tours of the Old Adelaide Gaol, with all that has happened here is there any wonder that there are now so many reported ghosts roaming these walls to this day.

If these walls could only talk….or maybe they do?

What's included?
  • 2 - 2.5 walking tour


The entire evening is hosted inside the Old Adelaide Gaol at 18 Gaol Road, Thebarton. There is plenty of parking on site.


Tours are usually held on a Saturday evening. However during school holidays, History Month and The Fringe, Friday night tours are hosted as well.

Tours all begin at 7.30 pm. We recommend you are there by 7.15 pm as the tour guide will still need to sign everyone in and make sure everyone has arrived prior to the tour.

There are currently no dates listed for this experience. Please make an enquiry by pressing the Send email button above.


Only people over the age of 16 years are allowed on tours. Anyone under the age of 18 must also be accompanied by an adult.

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