Visiting a haunted house takes a lot of bravery, but to actually stay overnight in a hotel that’s haunted by the spirits of ghosts, you have to have a heart of steel! Australia is home to several hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and homesteads that are rumored to house their very own ghostly spirits.
Many of these establishments harbor dark histories and years of secrets that are finally coming to the surface. But the only way to find out for sure if they’re really haunted is to stay there yourself and see what happens! Check out these 10 haunted hotels in Australia that you can actually book.
10 Ambassadors Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia
Often, older hotels contain more secrets than their modern counterparts. That’s the case with the Ambassadors Hotel in Adelaide, South Australia, which many believe is haunted. According to local newspaper Adelaide Now, one of the staff members explained that the building “does its own thing.”
Rumors surrounding the hotel state that a ghost is trapped in the wall. Many believe the spirit belongs to a housemaid named Mary who was believed to be murdered after she disappeared. Room 203 has been linked to Mary’s death since strange occurrences have been reported there by guests.
9 Esplanade Hotel By Rydges, Fremantle, Western Australia
Any hotel that was once an asylum is bound to have a dark history, and possibly a few ghosts floating around. Locals in Fremantle believe that the Esplanade Hotel by Rydges is haunted, even if it doesn’t seem that way from the outside. It was also once used as a place to house convicts.
The rumors of hauntings are connected to rumors that the hotel stands on top of underground prison tunnels. During Halloween, the hotel holds many celebrations to embrace its scary past. Guests can even go on ghost-hunting tours of the premises!
8 Monte Cristo Homestead, Junee, New South Wales
Located in Junee, New South Wales, Monte Cristo Homestead is one of the most haunted places in all of Australia. Guests who have stayed there have reported feeling strange presences that can’t be explained in the house, as well as seeing strange lights.
The homestead is another establishment with a grim history. A boy once burned alive in the stables on the grounds. Following this tragedy, an unseen force is said to have “pushed” a small girl out of a maid’s arms and down the stairs. In 1961, the homestead was also the site of the murder of the gardener, who was shot dead.
7 Port Arthur Motor Inn, Port Arthur, Tasmania
Tasmania’s Port Arthur is often thought of as another of the most haunted and ill-fated locations in Australia, and that’s not just because it was the site of the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre. Ghosts have been sighted at Port Arthur for hundreds of years.
The Motor Inn, which is built on a historic site that was once a penal settlement for convicts, offers guests either guard or officer row rooms, which pay tribute to the many souls that once lived in the area. You can also take ghost tours of the area, which most tourists say is a spine-chilling experience.
6 Q Station, Sydney Harbour National Park, New South Wales
The Q Station hotel stands on the site of a former quarantine station. Between 1833 and 1984, the station was used to confine people who had such diseases as Spanish influenza, the bubonic plague, smallpox, scarlet fever, typhus, and yellow fever. More than 500 of these people died on the premises, fueling rumors that the hotel is now haunted.
Guests report seeing the ghosts of children, in particular, not realizing that they are ghosts until later. There is said to be one girl with blonde plaits who holds hands with guests and leads them around the grounds.
5 Blue Bell Inn, Sorell, Tasmania
The heritage-listed Blue Bell Inn Bed and Breakfast is quaint and beautiful, but that doesn’t mean it’s not haunted. Situated in Sorell, Tasmania, the BB is believed to be the residence of a ghost named Ann. During the 1800s, Ann Podmore was a live-in mistress to the inn’s proprietor. She died of injuries that indicated she had either fallen down the stairs or was pushed.
Though the innkeeper, William Currie, was charged with her murder, he was eventually pardoned. Locals believe that Ann still lives in the inn, unable or unwilling to move on.
4 Vacy Hall Historic Guest House, Toowoomba, Queensland
Those who are looking for a scare Down Under should consider staying in Toowoomba’s Vacy Hall Historic Guesthouse. Dating back to the 1800s, the heritage building is believed to be the home of more than one ghost.
Guests staying in the guesthouse have reported hearing screams that seem to be coming from the nearby cemetery. Eerily, the screams can only be heard at night. Others have sworn that they spotted the ghost of a teenage boy on the grounds. If you’re brave enough, Vacy Hall is one of Australia’s up-and-coming ghostly tourist hotspots!
3 Russell Hotel, Sydney, New South Wales
Undoubtedly, the most notorious haunted hotel that you can actually stay at in Australia has to be the Russell Hotel in The Rocks, Sydney. It’s not the entire hotel that’s haunted, but rather just one room. Room 8 is said to be haunted by the spirit of a sailor.
Interestingly, it’s only female hotel guests that claim to have spotted the dead sailor. It is said that he appears in the early hours of the morning, around 4 a.m. Though he doesn’t cause any harm, he does cause quite a scare by just standing at the edge of the bed and staring at guests.
2 Hotel Kurrajong, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
If you’d like to stay in a haunted hotel in Australia’s capital city, Hotel Kurrajong has to be on your list. According to Travel Myth, the ghost of the former Prime Minister of Australia, Ben Chiefly, haunts the hotel. The politician died in 1951 in room 214 of a heart attack, and according to locals, he never left.
Those guests that have stayed in Room 214 have reported seeing a ghost wearing a gray costume walking around the room, which is believed to be the spirit of the former Prime Minister.
1 The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria
There are a few haunted locations in the city of Melbourne, one of the creepiest being the Hotel Windsor. It is said to be haunted by the ghost of the late star Dame Nellie Melba. Guests report that they can still hear singing down the corridors of the Windsor.
The hotel is located nearby to the Princess Theatre, which is also said to be haunted by the ghost of an actor. Frederick Baker had a heart attack during his performance after being lowered by a trapdoor, but his costars swore that they saw him with them at the end of the performance, taking a final bow.