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Get dark The Grampians Way this Friday the 13th weekend!

9 Sep 2019 by Amanda Cochran

Just 2.5 hours drive from Melbourne the Eastern Grampians towns of Ararat and Great Western offer chilly, historical experiences everyone can enjoy this weekend - kicking off tomorrow, Friday, the 13th!

Check them out!

Aradale Lunatic Asylum - Ararat

Aradale Ghost Tours presented by Eerie Tours are BACK and ready to take you through Australia's largest abandoned lunatic asylum!

Opened in 1867 as Ararat Lunatic Asylum, this building housed tens of thousands of people described as lunatics, idiots and imbeciles, some of them described as the worst lunatics in the British Empire. Around 13,000 people passed away here in it's 130 years.

As a result, Aradale is considered one of the most haunted locations in Australia. And now, for the first time, Aradale's doors have opened for evening explorations. Do you have what it takes to explore one of Australia's eeriest buildings after dark? The tour travels through the most intact cell blocks in Australia, administration, chapel, kitchen, infirmaries, surgery theatres and morgue. Tours last up to two hours and will chill you to the bone!

Friday night is already booked out but Saturday is still available!


J Ward Old Gaol & Lunatic Asylum - Ararat

Just a 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne, visit Australia's home to the criminally insane, J Ward Old Gaol and Lunatic Asylum in Ararat.

Explore the museum followed by a 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, shower block, 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 the walls.

The 9.30 pm session on the Friday has availability and is sure to give you goosebumps!


Seppelt Wines - Great Western

Seppelt Wines is famous for its heritage listed labyrinth of underground cellars, known as The Drives, which wind for three kilometers beneath the historic Great Western home.

With excavation beginning in 1868 by out-of-work miners from the early gold rush era, and continuing for over 60 years, The Drives are the largest underground cellars in the Southern Hemisphere!

Guided tours provide a fascinating glimpse into Victorian wine pioneering history and are the perfect place to get all the creepy chills on a spooky weekend get away!

Tours are 7 days per week, starting at 11am and on the hour every hour with the last tour leaving at 3pm and kids explore for free! You might need a stiff drink afterwards, so good thing you're in a winery...