Australia has its share of freaky places and experiences on offer. From haunted houses and gaols to terrifying river cruises, we take a look at some fave fright fests.
The beautiful home built in 1884 in Junee is the south-west of New South Wales has a history or murder, horror and terror and is open for tours. It's said that in one room some people get severe headaches and become violently ill. Some people say they have seen a woman in black, kneeling and praying.
In 1963 the owners had been in their home for just three days when, from the bottom of their driveway one foggy evening, they saw light streaming from every door and window. Electricity had not yet been connected and their kerosene lamps were not lit. There were no window panes due to earlier vandalism, so their car headlights could not have caused the light. As they cautiously drove towards their home, the lights abruptly disappeared.
It happened again to their son as he returned home alone, some 27 years later, and there were many puzzling events in between all with no explanation or reason. Some people have "a feeling" about the house and some have said they have heard voices.
Almost every old gaol in Australia runs night tours, and all are weird and spooky in their own way. Adelaide Gaol is no different.
You'd never imagine the genteel city of Adelaide had a spooky side, but venture five minutes from the CBD and get ready for a spine-tingling experience in the City of Churches: the Adelaide Gaol.
The old building, one of South Australia's premier heritage sites, is open to visitors who these days have the freedom to leave when they wish, unlike the 300,000 prisoners incarcerated there over a period of 147 years. It is fascinating to see 19th century-architecture, original cellblocks, the hanging tower, gallows, yards and prisoner graves.
During a torchlight tour, you will hear about, and maybe even see or feel, the ghost of the gaol's first governor, William Baker Ashton. People say they hear very heavy footsteps and the sound of furniture being moved.
Jumping Crocodile Cruise
The Northern Territory is not for the faint-hearted. It's a place where you could die of thirst in the blazing sun, suffer a fatal snakebite or be eaten alive by a creature that has outlived the dinosaurs: the saltwater crocodile.
There are more than 80,000 salties living in the Adelaide River in the Northern Territory, and are rarely seen as they lurk in the muddy waters. The scary beasts measure up to 6m long, and for a real adrenaline burst, you can actually feed them.
Jumping Crocodile Cruises will take you into the midst of a feeding frenzy, dangling raw water-buffalo meat to appease the snapping crocodiles.
The crafty crocs have come to know the feeding boats, and year round, they leave their hiding places to be fed. To them it's like the sound of the ice-cream van in the neighbourhood. Certainly saves them hunting for their own dinner.
If the crocs aren't quite big enough for you, you can get into the water with big, bad Burt at Darwin's Crocosaurus Cove!
Armoured Vehicle Adventures
Twenty-five kilometres out of Goulburn in south-west New South Wales are 121 hectares just perfect for anyone who ever wanted to drive a tank. There's also a tank available in Canberra if that's easier for you.
The Goulburn vehicles are an FV603 Saracen Armoured Personnel Carrier and an FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier. Both seat nine to 10 people. The FV603 travels at 80km/h through rough terrain and can be driven by anyone whose feet reach the pedals.
Nullarbor Links Golf Course
Not weird, but certainly different, Nullarbor Links Golf Course is an 18-hole par 72 course spanning 1365km along the Eyre Highway from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia. It's the world longest course.
There's a hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the way, each including a green and tee and a rugged outback-style natural terrain fairway. It gives a quintessential Australian experience for travellers as they head across the Nullarbor.
The Nullarbor Links was developed to enhance tourism along the highway, providing travellers with a most unusual added attraction.