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Journeys : June July 2009
In Tasmania today Twenty years of ghost tours at Port Arthur B lack-cloaked guides have led visitors around the Port Arthur Historic Site by lamplight almost every night for the past 20 years. The visitors have been regaled with vivid stories or reported sightings of apparitions and strange occurrences that have been documented at Port Arthur from the convict era to the present. The tours have become one of the most popular visitor experiences in Tasmania, attracting upwards of 50,000 night-time visitors each year. While many other locations around the state also now offer ghost tours, the unique history, sense of place and the detailed records that have been maintained of reported sightings or occurrences mean that the original Tasmanian ghost tour experience is still the best. Port Arthur is believed by many ‘ghost hunters’ to be the most haunted place in Australia. Long-time Port Arthur guide Colin Knight said that guiding staff are currently compiling these records into a database that will serve as a resource for guides and others interested in the historic site’s ghostly past. “We do not impose any views on visitors regarding the existence or otherwise of ghosts or paranormal activity,” said Colin. “What we can say, thanks to these records, is that there is a very long history of people experiencing and seeing things that cannot be easily explained.” “We use this information as the basis of our historic ghost tours. We don’t just tell random ghost stories – we base ours on real reports, both historic and contemporary, and we allow people to make up their own minds. I think that makes for a truly special and spooky experience.” Special celebrations are being planned for the September anniversary, but anyone can join in a ghost tour at Port Arthur almost any night of the year. Check out www. portarthur.org.au or call 1800 659 101 for information, packages and bookings. EXPLORE thePort Arthur Historic Site The Port Arthur Historic Site is not just a tourist attraction. It is an essential part of our heritage. So come and discover some of the history that has shaped Australia. This is the authentic convict history experience and it’s here for you to explore. Visit our website or give us a call for full details of our entry and activity packages – and allow yourself time to fully explore our heritage treasure. 44 June / July 09 Port Arthur Historic Site Port Arthur, Tasmania www.portarthur.org.au Phone 1800 659 101 email@example.com image: Joe Shemesh
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