Conduct a paranormal investigation at an abandoned Tasmanian penal colony

Published On 07/26/2013 Published On 07/26/2013

On a continent where the native species is the world's deadliest, and an island where the most famous inhabitants are literally called Devils, you'd think the Tasmanians would be hard-pressed to come up with something scarier… but they totally did! It's called Port Arthur, and it's a now-crumbling 1800's penal colony where you can totally take a ghost-hunting tour... if you've got $130 and a desire to meet a different kind of devil.

This is it -- founded in 1830 as a timber station, it was quickly converted to a prison due to its remote, peninsular location. It hasn't housed a living prisoner since 1877...

However, according to lore, it's had its fair share of, gasp, GHOST PRISONERS. In fact, these shadowy figures are there late at night when all the sane normal tourists have gone home, because they're exploring the paranormal bits.

Officially called the Paranormal Investigation Experience, the tour's led by professional paranormal investigators who'll hook guests up with "official ghost hunting gear" (pleasepleaseplease be a proton pack) and the knowledge to use it. As evidenced by the photo above, they also hook guests up with the most important ghost hunting gear of all: really bright flashlights.

This is the Prisoner's Chapel, which's only one of the even-creepy-during-the-day places where you'll be a sitting duck for ghosts of Aussie murderers from the 1860's "investigating".

You'll be checking in on the ruins of the main prison, but also heading into what they call the "Separate Prison"; a secondary prison structure they built specifically for putting people in solitary confinement for up to 23hrs a day... so needless to say, the ghosts there will be super-duper happy to finally have someone to talk to.

You'll also take measurements, readings, and piss your pants in period houses like the Commandant's Cottage, the Visiting Magistrate's House, and the Parsonage, which's purportedly the most haunted place in all of Australia. By the time you get there you'll be SUPER glad you chose to do this instead of seeing a show at the Syndey Opera House.


This is what a Paranormal Investigation Experience group looks like while they stand around in the Senior Surgeon's basement acting all nonchalant, but secretly expecting something horrifying to happen at any moment.

Here's more footage captured on a ghost hunt, this time in the Separate Prison. If it makes you feel better, you can just pretend that the big stain on the stairs is from the tour guide spilling his Foster's (even though that couldn't possibly be true since there's no drinking allowed on the PIE).

And even more ghost hunting footage. The regular photo is on the left. The photo WITH THE FREAKING GHOST IN IT is on the right.

PHOTOS: Port Arthur Penitentiary

And because the only thing scarier than a paranormal tour that runs into the early morning is a paranormal tour that runs into the early morning without food, a light dinner is included in your price.