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J Ward Day Tour

1300 390 119

Tour operated by:

Lantern Ghost Tours

Take a guided tour explaining the early history of the goldfield times and later, the incarceration of the criminally insane.

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

Relive its past by taking a guided tour conducted by the Friends of J Ward volunteers. These people are passionate about J Ward's heritage. J Ward is not just dry history. Our volunteers tell its story of people who lived, who broke the law, who couldn't help themselves, who feared, who died.

A normal tour will take 60 to 90 minutes. Lantern Ghost Tours' guides will spend much longer than this with anybody who wants to hear more stories or who has questions to ask. It should be noted that the guides do not have access to records or have knowledge of former patients or medical procedures.

Due to limited availability of the volunteer staff admission may not be possible after the tour has started.

Price & booking

Price

$15.00

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Days of operation:
  • Departure details: 20/03/17 - 30/12/18

    Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Tour operator

Discover the darker side of Victoria's most historic properties on with the award winning Lantern Ghost Tours.

Be incarcerated in a Lunatic Asylum, visit an abandoned morgue or be a ghost hunter for the night. Lantern Ghost Tours runs multi award winning tours of Australia's most haunted properties.

Choose from:

J Ward Lunatic Asylum- Ararat
Old Castlemaine Gaol- Castlemaine
Pentridge Prison- Melbourne
Altona Homestead- Altona
Point Cook Homestead- Point Cook
Ghosts of the Old City- Willamstown
Old Melbourne Ghost Tour- Melbourne

Please view website for full tour details.