Sydney may be best known for its beaches, glittering ocean and world class eateries, but the city takes a decidedly darker turn when the lights go down thanks to the many haunted places that occupy the bustling metropolis.
Sydney boasts a variety of spooky spaces guaranteed to send shivers down your spine and leave you looking over your shoulder until you make it home safely.
From mental hospitals to former prisons and terrifying tunnels to tragic suicide spots, read on for a full run-down of the most haunted places in Sydney.
Yes, you read correctly, Sydney’s teeming Central Station is said to have two paranormal platforms - namely numbers 26 and 27.
These ghostly areas are usually closed to the public but are opened occasionally for night time ghost tours.
The platforms are built on the site of the old Devonshire Street Cemetery, with the bodies exhumed when construction began on the train tunnels.
Legend has it if you stay for long enough on the haunted platforms you can hear the cries of the dead in the wind, making it one of Sydney’s most scary places.
Redbank Range Railway Tunnel
Located in Picton, an old town a 80km south-west of Sydney, the Redbank Range Tunnel consistently ranks as one of Australia’s most haunted locations.
The Redbank Range Tunnel - also known as the Picton Ghost Tunnel - runs for 180 metres in absolute darkness and was closed permanently after multiple suicides by locals who threw themselves in the path of oncoming trains.
The Redbank Tunnel was also used as a storage facility for mustard gas during World War II, adding to the tunnel’s grim history.
Those who claim to have a relationship with the spirit world say they have seen the spectre of one victim - Emily Bollard - roaming the area at night.
Gladesville Mental Hospital
Located on the aptly named Bedlam Point, Gladesville psychiatric facility was infamous for its harsh, prison-like conditions and is said to be built on the corpses of more than 1,000 patients.
The first ever mental asylum in Sydney, the building accumulated a terrifying reputation until it closed its doors in 1997.
This abandoned mental hospital is sure to send shivers down your spine.
This notorious slip of road on Sydney’s Northern Beaches falls eerily dark at night, and has given locals the creeps for decades because of the myriad supernatural happenings said to have take place there.
The area around the historic corpse dumping site, Deep Creek Reserve, is said to be particularly dangerous with strange reports of cars locking themselves and electronic devices failing to respond to commands.
Drivers claim to have seen ghostly apparitions of women in their rear-view mirrors. Take a jaunt along the Parkway after dark, if you’re brave enough.
Nestled in the centre of the city, this ominous sandstone structure was re-generated into the National Art School in 1995 - but the transformation did little to dispel the spectres of 76 inmates who were executed at the gallows 100 years before.
Public hangings were conducted on site until 1852, with the last execution taking place in 1908.
If you’re brave enough, visitors can tour this historic colonial prison which was grimly known as “Starvinghurst” thanks to the scant sustenance provided to residents.
Quarantine ‘Q’ Station
Located on in Sydney Harbour National Park near Manly’s north shore, the Quarantine Station is a hidden gem with a haunted past.
The venue, which now serves as boutique accommodation, was once the Quarantine Station for migrants arriving in Australia.
Paranormal experts claim at least 50 spirits of deceased immigrants wander the station’s hospital and dining halls.
The Q Station offers famous lantern-lit ghost tours through shadowy buildings and eerie burial grounds which run most evenings, and is - somewhat bizarrely - one of Sydney’s most sought after wedding venues thanks to its upscale restaurant and beautiful surrounds.
Sydney’s beloved UNESCO World Heritage Site is also one of its most haunted places.
Cockatoo Island - which served as a colonial administration post during British rule - also housed criminal inmates and at one time was home to a reformatory school for wayward girls.
The residents were said to have been grossly mistreated, and Cockatoo now offers haunted ghost tours at night revealing the secrets and scandalous past of the harbour’s largest isle.
Sydney’s most historic and picturesque neighbourhood is also one its spookiest.
The Bubonic Plague swept through the district in the late 1700s, bringing death, disease and despair to the infant colony and its citizens.
Today, the Rocks offers one of Sydney’s most famous walking ghost tours.