The 31st of October is here and we all know what that means: It's time to lodge your Tax return and get spooky. Not because your funds were terribly disappointing, but because of an old Celtic belief by which the living and the death come together on the 31st. Large parts of the world celebrate this phenomenon in its modern form, better known as Halloween. The Australian streets might not be occupied by angry looking pumpkins, but that doesn't mean that we can't get a little freaky. Auto Europe Australia has collected four mysterious and scary places in Australia. Which one gave you goosebumps?
Adelaide got declared 'effortlessly chic' when it took up the ninth spot in Lonely Planet's 'Top 10 Cities to visit in 2014'. The City of Churches might have a buzzing 24/7 culture surrounded by amazing wineries, but the classiness is hard to find at Andrews Walk in the east of the city. The alley is also known as Schneider's Alley, named after Doctor Schneider who lived at Clifton Manor in the early 20th Century. Legend has it that the doctor lost his mind when his wife and child died in an accident. The insanity drove him to the woods where he performed surgical experiments on his patients without anaesthetic. Today, after the sun has set, you can hear the desperate scream from his patients echoing through the alley.
If you are looking for some fine antiques or the perfect little black dress, the Arcade in Brisbane is the place to go. Located in the middle of the CBD, the shopping centre has been up and running for over 85 years and so has one of its tenants. Various shopkeepers and security guards have reported seeing a woman pacing along the gallery level or hearing footsteps after the shops had closed. Some believe she is a former shopkeeper, others say she is the wife of Patrick Mayne, eternally walking the building as a punishment for her family's sins.
Former hospitals aren't usually the jolliest location to spend the night, but if for some reason you are into this, the Old York Hospital in Perth will be right up your alley. The hospital opened in 1896 and closed in 1976. After that it functioned as a hostel for over 20 years. Many have left the building absolutely terrified, even when the hospital was still in operation. Former hospital employees and backpackers have reported being pushed by undefined sources and doors getting smacked into their faces as they walk through. Apparently there are no animals to be found on the property, which makes the place even creepier.
The East Point Reserve in Darwin is a national park that everyone should visit at least once in their life, even when it might be the last thing you do. East Point played a significant role in the protection of Australia during World War II. Legend has it that a beautiful Asian woman was assaulted by soldiers and became deranged after this event. She hanged herself from a branch of a Poinciana tree after she found out that she was pregnant. Instead of finding her everlasting peace, she is doomed to stalk and kill men at night. Spin around three times on a moonless night, call out her name and she'll appear and that's probably not to join your Sunday arvo BBQ.
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