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; volunteers tell its story of people who lived, who broke the law, who could not help themselves, who feared, who died.

A normal tour will take 60 to 90 minutes, however most 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.

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

Days of operation:
  • Departure details: 16/03/17 - 31/12/18

    Daily: 02:00pm - 04:00pm

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.

1 Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria, 3377

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