Having been to j ward a couple of weeks ago, (see review), we wanted to come back to see aradale. We booked the Saturday night ghost
Tour online and on arrival booked at the information Centre for the day tour on Sunday. Cost of the night tour $35, day tour $20.
Arrived at the gate of Aradale at 10.15 pm for the 10.30 tour, no one in sight. Rang the tour company but no answer. Finally found our way to the heath street entrance 30 mins late but found someone to let us in. What a disappointing experience! A very theatrical presentation causing a lot of screaming among the young girls . No ghost detecting equipment in sight despite this being promised on the website. Not an issue for us as we were there for the sense of history and knowledge of the institution . This was sadly lacking. A lot of stories that incorporated some of the tour people but all dramatized and at times very inaccurate. (I've been a psych nurse for 30 years). Eventually finished just before 1.30 am, very tired and very bored!
Next morning arrived at 10.45am for 11am start. An immediate difference! The tour guides Phil and Dave were knowledgeable, interesting and well informed. You could feel the sense of dedication and responsibility they felt towards ensuring that tourists understood what it was like for patients and staff, without any drama and all the time feeling pride in the history of their major tourist attraction . This tour is run by the friends of j ward as is the j ward tour and the difference between people who care and tours for money is very noticeable. Thank you Ararat for once again a great weekend, great accommodation and great food!