Here’s our pick of the most haunted spots in and near Brisbane.
1. Toowong Cemetery
If you’re looking for a haunting, the first place that comes to mind is a cemetery, right? Turns out Toowong Cemetery is believed to be one of the most haunted spots in Brisbane, stretching across 44 hectares in a heritage-listed space.
There’s even a two-hour Toowong Cemetery Ghost Tour you can join, which will take you through the haunted history of the cemetery, including stories of The Statue That Moves, Grave on the Hill, Ghosts of Paddington Cemetery, Mayne Murder, and The Black Prince.
2. The Australian Hotel, Boonah
The Australian Hotel may seem like your average country pub from the outside, and from the bar. But up the creaky stairs, where the rooms are, is a different story.
This Boonah hotel is famous in the ghost hunting community, who’ve reported a number of paranormal happenings from its rooms. Lights swinging, taps turning on and off, contact with spirits, you name it. Room 7 is said to be the most haunted, where it’s speculated that in 1914, a man was found dead with a gunshot wound in his head, and continues to still haunt the room.
3. Schonell Theatre, UQ, St Lucia
Since it was built in 1970, UQ’s Schonell Theatre has seen plenty of shows, but the St Lucia venue also been reportedly home to haunted happenings.
It’s believed that a ghost named Sophea lives at Schonell Theatre, with apparent sightings from theatre staff, builders and maintenance workers.
Have you seen her?
4. Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road
Near the junction of Broadwater Road, people have reported sightings of a motorcycle on its side, with a woman laying beside it, and a man leaning over her. But then when they’ve gone to see if they need help, the scene disappears.
5. Breakfast Creek Hotel
One of the most famous pubs in Brisbane, this French Renaissance-style establishment isn’t just frequented by locals wanting to sink a cold one, apparently.
Breakfast Creek Hotel was built in 1889 by former Lord Mayor of Brisbane, William MacNaughton Galloway, whose initials still appear on the front facade.
Galloway met his demise in 1895, after a drunken fall from the hotel’s second floor window. Though, his death wasn’t the end of it. Legend has it that Galloway’s ghost is still present at the hotel, with multiple reports of paranormal activity from the staff.