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Historical Lantern Tours of Royal Park

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The Royal Melbourne Hospital - Royal Park Campus

34 - 54 Poplar Road

Parkville, Vic 3052


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The infamous RMH historical lantern tours return for their seventh season and will run on selected Fridays from May to October 2019 at the Royal Park Campus.

Join RMH history buff and story-teller-extraordinaire Jeff Whittington (pictured) from 7 - 9pm for a stroll through history.

Jeff will don his frock coat, vest, top hat, and fob chain, taking people on a tour of the grounds and heritage listed buildings and sharing fascinating stories from the past.

Tours feature history, many good stories and the unexpected.

Jeff is also assisted by other volunteers who hold a passion for the wonderful history of the Royal Park Campus.

Some nights our inmates appear along with our ‘Lady Superintendent’. Matron from 1869 will also appear, out of the dark, in her full uniform illuminated only by her handheld candle.

If you are looking for a night of excitement, these lantern tours are a must.


Tour cost is listed below. Please Note: all who run these Historical Lantern tours are volunteers, all proceeds are applied towards the campus.

  • adults $20 (plus booking fee)
  • children 16 and under $10 (plus booking fee)

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

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour leaves (i.e. 15 minutes before the time printed on your ticket) and visit our main reception desk.

What do I need to bring?

All participants must wear closed-toe walking shoes. Entry may be refused if footwear is not appropriate. Please wear sensible clothing for weather.

Here's a sample of comments from Jeff's tours:

"Just like to say how much I enjoyed the tour tonight. It was so much more than I’d expected. Your Historical Lantern Tour volunteers really brought early Melbourne to life for me and had me thinking about the challenges faced by many of my ancestors who came out to Australia in the 1840’s and 1850’s. Thanks again for an informative and fun night out."

"Simply brilliant! Fact, fiction and comedy combined with finesse. Thanks to all involved."

"Thank you for a fantastic tour and history lesson."

Meeting point

The Royal Melbourne Hospital - Royal Park Campus - 34-54 Poplar Road, Parkville 3052. Enter via gate 1 then proceed to, main reception of the Robert Campbell Wing - Building 17, opposite the main car park.

Ticket office opens at 6:30pm. The tour leaves at 7pm sharp, and concludes around 9pm.


  • Unfortunately we will not wait for anyone who is running late, the tour will commence at 7pm sharp
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult who shall be solely responsible for their care and conduct whilst on site
  • Tours are never cancelled because of rain, just bring an umbrella
  • Alcohol is not permitted on any tours. Visitors who are under the influence of alcohol will be asked to leave the site
  • We're smoke free - no smoking is allowed on hospital grounds
  • By booking a ticket and attending this tour you agree that you may recorded or photographed and you give full permission to be involved in media and promotional activities that may occur as a result. You agree that copyright will rest with the management of Melbourne Health or a third party and that there will be no charge for taking part in media / promotional activity
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The Royal Melbourne Hospital - Royal Park Campus

34 - 54 Poplar Road

Parkville, Vic 3052


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