Ararat Asylums

Adventure and Outdoors Tours

Take a guided evening ghost tour or paranormal investigation of Ararat’s premier tourist destination, J Ward Lunatic Asylum.

J Ward is the premier tourist venue in Ararat, visited by more than 10,000 people annually (greater than Ararat’s population).

Relive the past by taking a guided ghost tour conducted by Lantern Ghost Tours, an award winning evening ghost tour or an overnight paranormal investigation with an expert paranormal investigation team.

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$36

Visit Australia’s home to the criminally insane, J Ward Lunatic Asylum. Explore the museum followed by a two hour ghost tour of the home of notorious criminals including Chopper Read, Gary Webb and William Wallace. Explore the governor’s bathroom, hangman’s gallows, original kitchen, showerblock, grave sites, West Wing, J Ward Block, exercise yards and grounds in search of the souls that still linger. Learn of governors whose spirits are still lurking, prisoners buried in the grounds and the many souls trapped within these walls.

Duration: two hours. Terrain: moderate walking, some steps,

Paranormal activity: very high. Due to the nature of stories, children must be 12 years or older for the J Ward Tour.

Meet at J Ward, Girdlestone Street, Ararat – a two and a half hour drive from Melbourne.

Carpark Family Friendly Non Smoking Public Toilet

$149

Join Ararat Asylums on the ultimate overnight paranormal investigation. Visit Australia’s home to the criminally insane, J Ward Lunatic Asylum. Your night starts with a two hour ghost tour of the home of notorious criminals including Chopper Read, Gary Webb and William Wallace.

Enjoy a casual supper of pizza and soft drink in the original dining room and then follow expert paranormal investigation team as they explore the governor’s bathroom, hangman’s gallows, original kitchen, shower block, grave sites, West Wing, J Ward Block, exercise yards and grounds in search of the souls that still linger.

End the night sleeping in the original, un-renovated gaol cells.

Maximum group size 15 guests. Adults only.

Duration: starts 8:00pm and ends 7:30am. Terrain: Moderate walking, some steps. Paranormal Activity: Very high.

Meet at J Ward, Girdlestone Street, Ararat – allow a two and a half hour drive from Melbourne.

Carpark Non Smoking Public Toilet

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