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Halloween Night Tour of Melbourne General Cemetery

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

Monday, 31 October 2016 from 9:05 PM to 11:00 PM (AEDT)

Halloween Night Tour of Melbourne General Cemetery
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Adult Ticket   more info 30/10/2016 $25.00 $0.00
Concession Ticket   more info 30/10/2016 $20.00 $0.00
Family Ticket   more info 30/10/2016 $80.00 $0.00

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Grab A Torch and Your Courage and Dare to be Different
Halloween is perhaps the spookiest night on Melbourne's calendar. You can spend it trick or treating in your neighbourhood or you can step out of your comfort zone and join the Melbourne General Cemetery Halloween Night Tour.
It is hard not to believe in ghosts on this bucket list worthy tour where things go bump in the night. But truly, it's just Melbourne's wildlife, not the paranormal. Right? 
It is not uncommon for Melbourne's bats to be about the trees in the cemetery (Photo in the public domain via Pixabay)
As in other parts of Melbourne bats are about in the cemetery. These are no Halloween props. They are grey-headed flying foxes, which weighing in at just over 1kg are the second largest species of bat in Australia. The bats are nocturnal and fly after dark in search of nectar, fruit and pollen. 
The Melbourne General Cemetery was established in 1852 and received its first burial the following year. It was the first of Victoria's cemeteries to be designed like a public park. Paths curve and transverse separate religious areas, gate lodges, rotundas, chapels, and landscaped areas with trees and shrubbery. 

Over 300,000 burials have been made on the 43 hectare site. Amongst those interred here are explorers Burke and Wills, Prime Ministers Sir Robert Menzies, Sir John Gorton and James Scullin, Governor General Sir Isaac Isaacs, Governor Sir Charles Hotham, Bunurung Aboriginal Tribal Leader, Derrimut, and author Marcus Clarke. 
Your guide will not only give you the Who's Who in the cemetery, but will recount tales both of tragedy and of scandal. Their knowledge extends beyond the famous to the everyday people who rest forever in these grounds. Money raised from the tours is applied to the maintenance of the cemetery to ensure its cultural and historic significance can be preserved for future generations.

Tours run on Monday the 31st October, 2016. A Special Children's Halloween Tour runs at 7.00pm. Other tours commence at 7.20pm, 7.35pm, 7.50pm, 8.05pm, 8.20pm, 8.35pm, 8.50pm, 9.05pm and 9.20pm. 
Review written by Gayle Beveridge for Weekend Notes 



What do I need to bring?

All participants must wear closed-toe walking shoes and bring a torch (for night tours). Marshals will refuse entry if footwear is not appropriate. Please wear sensible clothing for weather.

What are my parking options?

No parking is permitted in the cemetery during the Night Tours. Please park on College Crescent, Parkville.

Do I need to arrive before the tour or at the time listed on my ticket?

Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour leaves (i.e. 15 minutes before the time printed on your ticket) and visit the Marshal desk.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For more information please call (03) 8558 8210 or email

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes please.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds are not available and tours will go ahead regardless of weather.

What else is included?

Tea/coffee/water/cordial and biscuits are available before or after your tour.

Can SMCT change the time/date of tour?

Please SMCT reserves the right to change the time and/or date of the tour booked at its discretion.SMCT will provide notice of any change - so please ensure all of your details are correct at the time of booking.

Have questions about Halloween Night Tour of Melbourne General Cemetery? Contact Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

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Melbourne General Cemetery
Gate Lodge
College Crescent
Parkville, Vic 3052

Monday, 31 October 2016 from 9:05 PM to 11:00 PM (AEDT)

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Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) is a community based, not-for-profit organisation, committed to serving the needs of our communities.

Formed in March 2010 under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003, SMCT is accountable to the Department of Health and administers Bunurong and Cheltenham Memorial Parks, Brighton General, Cheltenham Pioneer, Dandenong Community, Melbourne General, Springvale Botanical and St Kilda cemeteries

As a not-for-profit organisation, the Trust is responsible for the care and long term maintenance of these eight distinctive cemetery locations.

Over and above the funeral services we provide, we are committed to guiding families through the most important, long term decisions they will need to make when someone dies.

We also recognise our responsibilities as custodians of history.

Historic and iconic, the cemeteries and memorial parks within our care are beautiful, tranquil and distinctive destinations to honour and celebrate life.

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