A ghost of a chance in Fremantle


A ghost tour of Fremantle takes participants to some of the area’s most iconic and supposedly haunted sites.
A ghost tour of Fremantle takes participants to some of the area’s most iconic and supposedly haunted sites.

THE ghosts of Fremantle’s past are haunting some of the area’s most iconic sites.

The spirit of executed teenager John Gavin roams the steps of the Round House, a woman looks for her long lost daughter on the grounds of the old asylum, tugging the hair of young red-headed girls she believes are her and the Fremantle Prison is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the state.

At least, that’s what local icon Fremantle Trams would like you to believe.

The Trams’ Friday night ghost tour has combined spooky with heritage in a torchlight tour for sceptics, believers and history buffs alike.

City Tours director Jon Tomkins said the history and reputation of Fremantle’s spooky heritage buildings made it an easy choice to incorporate them in ghost tour.

He said they initially sourced their ghost stories from written history, but tour attendees have added their own unexplained experiences over the years, whether verbally or with photographs, which the tour guide shares.

“Very quickly local people brought along their own stories and it has developed organically,” he said.

“Each time someone has an experience it adds more.

“It’s a fun social way to spend the evening, with dinner, and a chance to see a side to Fremantle you wouldn’t any other time.

“We are the only tour operator to have access to these places after dark.”

Visit www.fremantletrams.com for more information.