Visit Australia's home to the criminally insane, J Ward Lunatic Asylum. Explore the museum followed by a two hour 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, showerblock, 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 these walls.
Duration: two hours. Venue: mainly indoors. Terrain: moderate walking, some steps,
Paranormal Activity: very high.
Due to the nature of stories, children must be 12 years or older for the J Ward Tour.
Meet at J Ward, Girdlestone Street, Ararat - 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne.
Days of operation:
Departure details: 17/03/17 - 31/12/18
Fri/Sat: 07:30pm - 09:30pm
Take a guided day tour, evening ghost tour or paranormal investigation of Ararat's premier tourist destination; J Ward or its sister site, Aradale Asylum.
J Ward is the premier tourist venue in Ararat, visited by more than 10,000 people annually (greater than Ararat's population), while Aradale is now a ghost town that once housed 'lunatics'.
Relive the past by taking a day time guided tour conducted by the Friends of J Ward volunteers, an award winning evening ghost tour or an overnight paranormal investigation with an expert paranormal investigation team.
Map pins are available via the tab key in a list after the map.
You can pan the map with the keyboard arrows.