Ghost tour had the chills walking through cemetery at night

I'M NOT sure why I went, but I think curiosity got the better of me. Last Friday night I was standing in the dark, in the middle of the South Rockhampton cemetery, and on a full moon, just to make things that bit scarier.

I was on a ghost tour.

I've always sort of believed in ghosts; then sometimes I don't. I really don't know when it comes to this sort of stuff.

So after finding out that ghost tours were being presented in Rockhampton, I figured why not - let's try something different!

Well this was pretty different to anything I'd ever done. Walking around the cemetery is creepy enough on its own, never mind having a tour guide that can tell us how so-and-so died (some were murdered!) and telling us stories that gave you shivers.

I don't want to give away anything on the tour for those that haven't been, but at one point we were standing under a massive tree in the cemetery, pitch black with graves around us, and told to close our eyes as we heard a haunted tale of that tree. Well part of me nearly ran the hell out of the there!

Harry Bruce cartoon on Lisa Benoit's column about a ghost tour.
Harry Bruce cartoon on Lisa Benoit's column about a ghost tour. Harry Bruce

 

The scare factor was there for me; you just couldn't help but get chills up your spine.

We even had equipment with us that would show us when ghosts were around us, and yes, the equipment did go off!

But despite the ghosts creeping around us, I found the history of the cemetery to be astounding.

We were told of prominent people who are buried in our very own cemetery in town. We were given the history of how the bubonic plague came to town ... and I'm a bit of a history buff, so I couldn't get enough of the history of Rocky. I don't think many people living here realise how rich in history this town really is.

There are so many tales about the olden days of Rocky, and plenty of them are terrifying.

For me, I really enjoyed the tour, ghosts and all! It was definitely a different way to spend a Friday night with mates, heading to the cemetery! I don't recommend going on your own to explore now that I know what is haunting the area!

And, yes, at the end of the day, I think I do believe in ghosts, and I think I'll go on the city ghost tour now and see what's haunting Rockhampton's streets and back alleys!

 



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