Snakes, spiders, sharks, and deadly plants, Australia is home to a plethora of terrifying and unnerving spectacles. But what about spectres? Ghosts? UFOs? Other supernatural phenomena? Well, never fear. A country this size with as many naturally occurring hallucinogens as it has is unsurprisingly full of stories of haunted houses and ghastly ghouls. Here’s the pick of the bunch.
Near Wauchope in the Northern Territories lies Wycliffe Well, a charming roadhouse and holiday park that just so happens to be the landing spot of choice for suspicious and mysterious Unidentified Flying Objects. Theories abound, from the presence of two important Ley Lines attracting alien craft, to the proximity of Pine Gap, which is apparently Australia’s answer to Area 51. Not that it really needed answering, but Australia gave it one anyway, dammit! Presumably with cannibalistic koalas and flying platypus. No one is sure of, well, anything really, but least of all the strange craft that may or may not land here. The truth, whatsoever it may be, is unlikely to interest the owners of the roadhouse, who make a tidy profit from the UFO enthusiasts who make regular pilgrimages to Wycliffe Well in the hopes of being suitably befuddled.
An hour south of Sydney and idyllic enough to charm even the deceased into setting up shop, you can hardly walk through Picton without overhearing inane ghost chatter about the weather and the state of Mrs. Hudsons attic. Invisible swimmers in the viaduct, crying babies and an evil matron at the maternity hospital and creepy children in the cemetery, Picton is home to a plethora of suspiciously intransient and reliably unreliable spectres. The most famous ghost in Picton is Emily Bollard, an unfortunate lass run over by a train in 1916. Emily stalks the tunnel where the impact occurred, presumably looking for the iPhone she dropped on the tracks that got her into such a sticky situation.
Call it a poor-man's Loch Ness if you must, but Hawkesbury River is home to one or more river monsters that are just as real and identifiable as Nessie is! The wide New South Wales estuary is said to be home to an aquatic dinosaur-like behemoth, resembling a plesiosaur, with ‘reliable’ eyewitnesses claiming a length of over twenty-four metres! With Aboriginal legends also mentioning a giant river monster in the area, could there be any truth to these claims? The man intent on finding out is Rex Gilroy, and we wish him all the best.
Possibly the most harmless ghost you’re ever likely to encounter, or think you’ve encountered, Maria Windeyer enjoys sitting in her rocking chair on the front porch of Tomago House, tending to her cellars, and just generally acting like she didn’t die in the 1800’s. Gorgeously situated in the heart of excellent agricultural land and excellently maintained since it’s construction in 1840, the presence of a sweet little old lady on a rocking chair is seemingly not enough to deter visitors from the charming country residence.
You’ve heard of bigfoot, now get ready for the Yowies! Or the jurrawarra, the myngawin, the puttikan, gubba, doolaga, gulaga or the thoolagal. Also yahoo, yaroma, noocoonah, wawee, pangkarlangu, jimbra and tjangara. In fact, the most startling thing about the Yowies is the fact that there are so many more different names for them than there are sightings, reliable or otherwise, of anything that might be considered evidence of their existence. Rooted in Aboriginal folklore, a Yowie is supposedly a shy and hairy hominid that inhabits the Australian wilderness. But don’t let the foggy memories, unsubstantiated claims and complete lack of evidence get you down - Australia is huge, there’s bound to be something weird out there we haven’t found yet, so why can’t it be a Yowie? Once again, it’s up to Rex Gilroy to find out. That man sure does like to keep abreast of the nonsense doesn't he?
So if you fancy getting a little bit freaked out and having to use your brain while doing so, check out the ParaPark Escape Room at Escape Room Sydney! We promise there’s no jump-scares or cheap tricks like that, but there’s mystery and spookiness aplenty, and we can never guarantee a Yowie-free experience.