Visit J Ward Lunatic Asylum: Night Ghost Tour in Ararat
- Visit the home of the criminally insane at the J Ward Lunatic Asylum
- Enjoy a eerie ghost tour through the original asylum
- Gain access to the J Ward Museum and buildings not usually open to the public
Meet at J Ward, Girdlestone Street, Ararat in the evening and commence the tour with free museum access to explore the memorabilia of the past including straight jackets, electro shock therapy devices, and fascinating patient records.
After exploring the museum, enjoy a guided ghost tour of approximately 2 hours through the home of notorious criminals such as Chopper Read, Gary Webb and William Wallace. Explore the governor's bathroom, the hangman's gallows, the original kitchen, the showerblock, the grave sites, the West Wing, the J Ward Block, and the exercise yards and grounds in search of the souls that still linger, and hear the terrifying stories of murdered inmates and prisoners buried in the grounds as you explore the property.
Tours run every Friday and Saturday evening at 9:30 PM.
- A ghost tour of approximately 2 hours
- Museum access
- Ghost host
- Hotel pick-up/drop off
Prepare for the activity
J Ward is 2.5-hour drive from Melbourne, with free street car parking. J Ward is a 10-minute walk from Ararat Train Station • Turn right down Birdwood Avenue towards the town centre • Turn right up Queen Street • Turn left down Girdlestone Street • J Ward is located at the end of the street on the right-hand sideOpen in Google Maps ⟶
This is a slow, walking tour so the ability to walk at a slow pace for up to 2 hours is required.
Minimum age is 12 years old.