Visit Australia’s home to the criminally insane, and Ararat’s most visited attraction: the J Ward Lunatic Asylum. Explore the museum, followed by a ghost tour of the home of notorious criminals including Chopper Read, Gary Webb and William Wallace.
- Visit the home of the criminally insane at the J Ward Lunatic Asylum
- Enjoy a eerie ghost tour through the original asylum
- Gain access to the J Ward Museum and buildings not usually open to the public
Be incarcerated for the evening at Australia’s home to the criminally insane: the famous J Ward Lunatic Asylum.
Meet at J Ward, Girdlestone Street, Ararat in the evening and commence the tour with free museum access to explore the memorabilia of the past including straight jackets, electro shock therapy devices, and fascinating patient records.
After exploring the museum, enjoy a guided ghost tour of approximately 2 hours through the home of notorious criminals such as Chopper Read, Gary Webb and William Wallace. Explore the governor’s bathroom, the hangman’s gallows, the original kitchen, the showerblock, the grave sites, the West Wing, the J Ward Block, and the exercise yards and grounds in search of the souls that still linger, and hear the terrifying stories of murdered inmates and prisoners buried in the grounds as you explore the property.
Tours run every Friday and Saturday evening at 9:30 PM.