Take a guided tour of the institution that housed Victoria's mentally ill for over 140 years. Aradale Asylum was an Australian psychiatric hospital, located in Ararat, a rural city in Victoria, Australia.
Now a ghost 'town', Aradale was once known as the Ararat Lunatic Asylum. Aradale and its two sister asylums at Kew and Beechworth were commissioned to accommodate the growing number of 'lunatics' in the colony of Victoria. Construction began in 1860 and was opened for patients in 1865. It was closed as an asylum in 1998.
At its height, Aradale had up to 900 patients yearly and is a large complex with up to 70 interesting historic abandoned buildings.
Walk through the cavernous wards and halls of the institution that treated and housed the mentally ill of Victoria for over 140 years.
Venue: indoors and outdoors. Terrain: moderate walking, some steps.
Meet at Aradale Asylum, Heath Street Entrance, Ararat.
Days of operation:
Departure details: 16/03/17 - 30/12/18
Wed/Sat/Sun: 02:00pm - 04:00pm
Take a guided day tour, evening ghost tour or paranormal investigation of Ararat's premier tourist destination; J Ward or its sister site, Aradale Asylum.
J Ward is the premier tourist venue in Ararat, visited by more than 10,000 people annually (greater than Ararat's population), while Aradale is now a ghost town that once housed 'lunatics'.
Relive the past by taking a day time guided tour conducted by the Friends of J Ward volunteers, an award winning evening ghost tour or an overnight paranormal investigation with an expert paranormal investigation team.
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