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Aradale Ghost Tour

Ararat, Australia
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Jamieson1981 wrote a review Mar 2021
Lara, Australia14 contributions5 helpful votes
Coming to Aradale was the reason for our weekend to Ararat. Unfortunately, we left, very dissapointed. We had booked in for the 2 hour Ghost tour at 8:30. Our guide was The Count Melancholy. (think, the science teacher from The Wonder Years). His droning, slow, voice got painful to listen to after less than 5 minutes. There were 28 people in our group, which was far too many to be able to engage with. We were rushed through the tour, with little or no explanations of what the rooms were used for or any history. There were no personal patient references or stories. Unfortunately the buildings are not being restored, renovated or even looked after, so I dont know what the tourist dollars are being spent on. I would visit again, during the day, so I could actually see the property, with a different host, who actually knew some of the history.
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Date of experience: March 2021
Chris@ wrote a review Jan 2021
Spotswood, Australia22 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband always wanted to visit Aradale and I organised this during lockdown. We visited last Saturday night. We met our guide at the correct gate, at the time allocated, for the start of out 4 hour tour. Our guide bright, bubbly and knew her subject - so the visit was very informative. Aradale is enormous, with a lot of grounds and buildings to be explored. We were issued with some lamps, and given some safety rules. This place is not being restored, so some areas are not available to the public. We enjoyed our visit, but it has a very sad history. There are magnificent buildings and rooms to be seen, it is a shame, that some of them, are not being restored and reused. Some advice for people to consider before committing to the four hour night tour, especially if you are in the seniors age group (which we are). Make sure you wear flat comfortable shoes. Are physically able to walk around this facility for the four hours in the dark. There are a lot of stairs and grounds that are quite rough in parts and it is very dark. Bring your own torch. We will be back to do the day visit.
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Date of experience: January 2021
Taleah K wrote a review Dec 2020
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
I paid money to attend, what was marketed as a ghost tour at 11pm at night. We arrive after travelling 3 hours to be there only to sit through a walking history tour of the asylum. Why anyone would want to attend a history lesson at this time of night is beyond me. We had the nicest but most boring host...I would 100% not recommend. It had potential but we paid money for a ghost tour, not a walking history lesson covering topics such as what the prisoners ate etc Jward is much better
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Date of experience: December 2020
Sophie W wrote a review Dec 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I did the 2 hour ghost tour in November and it was great, the info on the place was super interesting and our guide "the count" told us a few spooky stories. I then went back and did the 3 hour paranormal investigation tour, there was only 4 in our group so it was great. Di and Zara were our guides and they were great too. They didn't tell you much about the history so if you are interested in that part, do the other tour first. They spent time on the things that we were really there for which was paranormal investigating. They let us have a go at all different types of equipment and explained how to use it. They encouraged us to do things like sit in a cell on our own in the dark and put our phone on voice record to see if we could get some EVP's which was scary and uncomfortable for me but I'm glad they let us do it. Don't let the negative reviews put you off, I'll be going back for a third and probably 4th, 5th and 6th time
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Jillian M wrote a review Nov 2020
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If I could give a minus 5 I would , 18 in a investigation is too big we were told we would be split into 2 groups as we booked in July and cancelled a few times due to covid so we finally get our date and being told we would have the place just for us didn't happen they had history tours and other investigation tours on , I paid $140 for 6 hours then the 4 hours travel and accommodation its a big expense to lay out to not even be able to investigate due to being shuffled around to make room for the others there , water was in buildings and I almost fell over and black mould was in one building I should have been able to stand outside but no i was told as its safety rules yeah that changed once the guide drank her 2 small bottles of alcohol and has a few cigarettes so nice to know I was following who's rules hers ??? , also we were told by the owner and a guide outside when we turned up that we could come back to our cars to get our water and snacks and nope again told we can't and I myself and another lady are diabetic and needed a snack as neither of us felt great after 3 hours and we still were told no . we also had to carry our equipment cases around the whole 6 hours as other groups went in had free range where our cases would have been kept . the guide also had a massive attitude and was snapping at us very very rude woman and as we are a group of investigation guides and experience well over 15 years each we know she was at the best novice in her training just pathetic .
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Date of experience: November 2020
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