Five Haunted Houses in Australia
Get ready for hair-raising goosebumps as we serve you spooky stories surrounding the most haunted houses in Australia.
Monte Cristo Homestead, Junee, New South Wales
A historical house originally built and owned by Christopher William Crawley, it has established itself as “Australia’s Most Haunted House”.
The house’s history includes a boy falling down the staircase, a maid falling to her death from a balcony, a stable boy burning alive, and most recently, a murder case in 1961, a gardener was shot by a Psycho film-obsessed fan.
The current owners of the house, Reginald Ryan and his wife Olive have experienced various hauntings and poltergeist activity. One night in 1963, upon arriving at their newly bought house, they were surprised to see all the lights of the Monte Cristo house was on, despite not having any electrical service. By the time they reached the house, the lights had already went out. Guests that stay the night complain about phantom footsteps, and apparitions lurking inside the house, including the original owner’s widow Mrs. Crawley.
Oakabella Homestead, Western Australia
Located between Geraldton and Northampton, Oakabella Homestead is a modest early Australian home. It was established in 1851 by James Drummond.
Local tribes and natives fought the homestead’s pioneers resulting to many deaths. The local Yamaji people claimed the property is a spiritual place where ancient souls gather. After the Drummonds left the property, ownership passed to numerous people. During this time, there was a high child mortality, caused by several accidents, including a child that fell from climbing an open window, dying from a broken neck. In 1910, it was sold to the Jackson family that used the land for farming and breeding horses. A premature death was met by George Jackson, when he shot himself while cleaning a loaded gun.
Visitors and the current house owner report an eerie atmosphere and loud bangings from the walls of the room where George died, footsteps through the hallways, doors opening and closing, and objects moving and rising on their own.
Beechworth Asylum in Beechworth, Victoria
Beechworth Asylum is a decommissioned hospital previously known as Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum. Over 3,000 patients died over the course of 126 years. It is now owned by La Trobe University. Patients or “lunatics” as they were called were mostly treated with methods of restraint in the form of straitjackets and confinement in a padded room, a far cry compared to the treatment and medicine modern hospitals now offer.
Stories about the asylum includes ethereal children’s’ laughter in the halls, multiple sightings of a Jewish woman supposedly thrown out of a window by a fellow patient, and the kind ghost of a former nurse.
Blundell’s Cottage, Canberra Australia
The cottage was built by George P. Campbell in 1858, before the city Canberra existed. Preceded by the Campbells, the Blundell family had lived in the cottage for 60 years. Stories mention of the day when the family’s eldest, 16 year-old Flora Blundell was left in charge of her two siblings. Tragedy struck when Flora’s dress burst into flames when it touched a hot iron. A few days after being hospitalised, she died due to infected burns.
It is told that Flora Blundell haunts the cottage, and visitors of the house complain of the smell of burnt flesh.
Gooloowan house, Ipswich Queensland
An imposing brick house perched on the southern slopes of Denmark hill in Ipswich, the Gooloowan house was built by architect Charles Balding for Benjamin Crib and his second wife, Clarissa.
Accounts tells us that on a particular night during a church service, Benjamin Cribb suddenly felt sick and had to sit down on the second hymn of the service. With no warning, his neck went slack and his head rested backwards onto the pew. A doctor attended to Mr. Cribb immediately but pronounced that it was already too late. Mr. Cribb was then carried back to Gooloowan where he finally died.
Another tale about Gooloowan was of a maid named Rose Dold that threw her baby down the well behind the mansion. The maid supposedly got pregnant by another worker at the house. The baby was discovered a week later when someone noticed the water procured from the well was turning rancid. The mother was brought to court on the charge of concealment of birth and was sentenced to be imprisoned for nine months in Toowoomba Gaol with hard labour.
The spirits of Mr. Cribb and the baby in the well still haunts Gooloowan. Guests say they feel like they are being watched, and notice a strong feeling of resentment towards them while inside the house, as if Mr. Cribb doesn’t want them on his property. They also tell of an infant’s cries near the rear of the mansion during quiet nights.