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Ghost busting in Brisbane

Thursday, August 27, 2009
Even the sceptics among us have probably experienced something inexplicable — an eerie room in an old house or a strange sound. If you've had a paranormal encounter and would like an explanation, help may be at hand.

Giaan Rooney joined the Queensland Paranormal Investigators (QPI) and Brisbane Ghost Tours, which have joined to offer the Ghost Hunt. Giaan is a sceptic — not a cynic — and therefore joined the hunt with an open mind.

Ghost Hunts are designed to give people a hands-on opportunity to experience a paranormal investigation in a safe, informative and, above all, fun environment.

Hunts are different from tours. Rather than the telling of ghost stories, hunts use credible techniques to educate about the paranormal and encourage new findings in an entertaining way.

They take place at several locations across Brisbane and parts of southern Queensland. The hunts are done by coach and walks and tour names include Haunted Brisbane, Toowong Cemetery, Boggo Road Gaol, Haunted Ipswich and Haunted Redlands.

Brisbane's Dutton Park Cemetery is one of the hunting grounds. Its earliest grave dates to 1870. It's said to have 100,000 sprits. It's not all about telling spooky ghost stories — rather, guides use scientific paranormal investigative techniques to detect activity.

Electronic voice phenomena is used for you to record a question and hope for a ghostly reply. The hunts also make use of electromagnetic field detectors.

Giaan teamed up with Shane Townsend, one of the longest standing members of the QPI. He explained some of the things they do. They investigate haunting and paranormal happenings, work with other investigational organisations, look for missing persons and work with credible psychics on cases.

After the experience of ghost hunting with a bit of unexplained phenomena, Giaan was hooked. Maybe you will be, too.

Read ninemsn Travel's Insider's Guide to Brisbane


Ghostly tours across Brisbane.


Ghost Hunts are run all over Brisbane. Three-hour hunts are $65 for adults and $60 for children, who must be over 12 years of age. Tours include guided paranormal investigation, use of all technical equipment and a chat over a light supper at the end of the night. They run roughly once a month but check their website for dates, at

Virgin Blue has flights to Brisbane.

One-way fares from:

  • Sydney $89
  • Melbourne $139
  • Adelaide $149
  • Darwin $199
  • Perth $269

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at August 27, 2009, and are subject to change.

Prices correct at August 27, 2009.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789

Ghost Tours
PO Box 232
Sunnybank 4109
Ph: (07) 3344 7265

User comments
it's fun and horrifying at eh same time..
To me, this article has two notable oxymorons... credible psychics, and scientific paranormal (investigative techniques). Also since when did the presence of electromagnetic fields mean that there was ghost about? That's jumping to an unrealistic explanation isn't it? Surely theres a much more simple and more likely explanation for things of that nature.

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