The world’s most haunted place

A Queensland town has topped travel guide Fodor’s list of the 20 Most Haunted Places on Earth, after a spate of spooky sightings in recent years, plus reports and photos of supernatural happenings.

According to ghost-hunting aficionados, Toowoomba has had hauntings and spine-chilling incidents aplenty, including a persistent mysterious blue mist, a ghostly lady in red and a grave-hopping figure in grey.

There’s even a haunted pub that’s been the site of several sudden and ‘natural’ deaths, and a house formerly owned by an undertaker which, apparently, is allergic to having crucifixes nailed to its walls.

“(My favourite is) the story of Kylie Samuels who lives in this house that used to be owned by an undertaker. Every time she puts a crucifix on the wall it just flicks off, and it’s happened time and time again, there’s been no wind or any other explanation for it,” said one ghost chaser.

Although Toowoomba takes the honours on the Fodor’s list, there’s another place that is believed to be the site of Australia’s first ‘actual’ ghost sighting caught on camera.

Not so long ago, the Federal Government (yes, the big dogs in Canberra) commissioned an investigation into paranormal activity on Cockatoo Island, the former penal colony in Sydney Harbour.

Renowned paranormal investigator Craig Powell spent two years with full access to the island. He and his team experienced all manner of spooky events, but one day, they actually caught a ghost since dubbed ‘Sir No Face’ on camera.

There’s a documentary about it. Here’s a short trailer:

Oh, and you can do a Cockatoo Island Haunted History Ghost Tour and see all this spookiness for yourself. Could be an ideal way to spend Halloween?

Have you been to Toowoomba? Did it ever feel spooky to you? Would you visit Cockatoo Island? Do you believe in ghosts? Or do you think these events are elaborate hoaxes?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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