Bloodied mourning mothers, apparitions of swimmers mauled by sharks and floating body parts: The most haunted beaches around Australia revealed
- The nation’s most haunted beaches have been revealed with ghosts aplenty
- Ghosts of murdered swimmers and shipwrecked mothers haunt local beaches
- Folklore in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia haunt locals
The most haunted beaches around Australia have been revealed, spooking residents across the country.
From the sights of bloodied mourning mothers, swimmers mauled by sharks and dismembered bodies floating on roads, these beaches continue to scare locals and visitors years on.
Jenny Dixon Beach, NSW
Located on NSW’s Central Coast, Jenny Dixon Beach is notorious for being filled with paranormal activity.
According to legends the beach is haunted by two females ghosts.
The first ghost is the spirit of a woman infamous for being a phantom hitch-hiker to unsuspecting drivers along Wilfred Barrett Drive.
According to local legend, Jenny Dixon Beach (pictured) is haunted by two females ghosts
Over the past 40 years there have been hundreds of accounts of drivers picking up a young woman who is hitch-hiking along the road, only for her to disappear once she sits in the back seat of the vehicle.
The legend of the ghost’s origins goes back to the 1970s, when a young woman was walking along the road back to Noraville.
She fetched a ride from five men who allegedly drove her down to the local beach and sexually assaulted her.
Reports of a woman standing at the side of the road have been sent in to local authorities, with even police officers claiming to have witnessed the ghost.
The two ghosts who allegedly haunt Jenny Dixon Beach (pictured) are a young murdered hitch hiker and a mother searching for her son who died in a shipwreck
The second apparition said to haunt the coastline is said to be a woman who was killed alongside her son in a shipwreck around Norah Head in the 1800s.
She appears to beachgoers with her arms outstretched as if asking for help, dressed in clothing appropriate for the period.
The Norah Head coastline was known for multiple shipwrecks during the 1800s, as allegedly ships were unfamiliar with the geography and fell victim to the strong winds and sea.
Brighton Beach, SA
According to Adelaide legends, locals and visitors to Brighton beach have witnessed a young woman diving off the Brighton Jetty, but never returning.
The apparition of the woman is believed to be local woman Kitty Whyte, who was the first person in SA to be killed by a shark in the area.
Ms Whyte was known in the community as not only an accomplished swimmer but as a swim teacher to young children and was awarded the Grand Diploma of the Royal Life Saving Society for saving a drowning woman.
South Australia’s Brighton Beach (pictured) has the ghost of former local swimmer Kitty Whyte frequently jump off the jetty and never return
Reportedly on the day of her death, Ms Whyte had concluded a swimming lesson with local children when she went back into the water for a swim.
But the swimmer never returned as she was mauled by a shark and later died from her injuries at Brighton Beach in 1926.
Author of Haunted Adelaide and paranormal expert Allen Tiller told Adelaide Now that Kitty Whyte has been haunting Brighton beach for years.
‘One story came from a couple of young guys who saw a blonde lady running towards them on the beach wearing clothes that didn’t match the era.’
The ghost of Kitty Whyte Brighton Beach (pictured) is a wellknown folklore in the local community
‘The description they and others gave fits the description of Kitty.’
Mr Tiller says that Ms Whyte is different as she is a ‘residual ghost’, left behind where there is a highly dramatic death.
‘A residual ghost is like a video recording on loop,’ Mr Tiller says.
‘What people are seeing on the beach is how she would have been remembered’.
Brighton Beach has erected a water fountain and a statue in Ms Whyte’s memory.
Bunker Bay, WA
Local folklore claim that two ghosts haunt the two cottages near the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, West of Bunker Bay.
The first ghost, Harry Balmire, claims to reside on the ground of the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage.
West of Bunker Bay in Western Australia (pictured), locals claim two ghosts haunt nearby cottages closeby
In 1907, the young Scotsman became shipwrecked and sought shelter in the nearby cottage where he later died from dehydration and injuries.
The ghost of Harry Balmire has been spotted roaming the grounds of the cottage or holding a lantern in the car park.
The second ghost is known as Mary, who reportedly strangled the neck of a maintenance worker who was residing in the cottage.
He fled to a nearby town of Dunsborough, with red strangulation marks around his neck.
The two ghosts are well known by locals as ‘Happy Harry’ and ‘Bloody Mary’.
The ghost of ‘Happy Harry’ is known to roam the grounds of the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, near the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse (pictured)
Manly Beach, NSW
The iconic Manly Beach is in close proximity to the notoriously haunted Q Station, that ran from the 1830s to 1984 as a facility to treat immigrants who were diagnosed with the bubonic plague, the Spanish flu and smallpox.
Now revamped as a restaurant and resort, it’s estimated that over 13,000 people were quarantined at the site and more than 500 people died from disease.
Manly Beach in New South Wales (pictured) is in close proximity to the haunted Q Station where over 500 people died from disease
Previously known as the North Head Quarantine Station, locals say the souls of victims are trapped, haunting the site from their miserable final days and hours before death.
Around 20 children are said to roam the premises, famously a young boy named Isaac Lowes who died in 1878 from Scarlett fever, and a little-girl named Mary-Anne who is known to hold guests’ hands during tours around the facility.
But one of the most haunted sites at the Q Station is the renovated 1st class shower block, where patients would have carbolic acid showers in an attempt to kill any germs and lice.
Visitors claim to have heard voices saying “why are you here?” or being pushed despite no one standing near them.
The 1st class shower block is said to be one of Quarantine Station’s most haunted areas
A man wearing a fedora hat can be seen at the end of the 1st class shower block with a child, even though the room was empty at the time
Minnamurra Beach, NSW
Dunmore House is rife with ghost sightings over 18 kilometres out from Minnamura Beach.
The most famous apparition is by the ghost of an unknown man who allegedly was run over and he head was placed on the gate of Dunmore House, on the north side of Minnamurra River.
According to the Illawarra Mercury, bus driver Barney Dion believed he hit someone, but when he got out of the bus he saw nothing.
Dunmore House (pictured) is a treasure trove of ghost stories, most notably the beheaded man who had his head placed on the gates of the house
Once the bus driver returned to his bus, he saw a beheaded man standing on the road with a large sheet over himself.
The stretch of road between the house and the river is known as the ‘Bloody Mile’ or ‘Murder Mile’, which has a history of paranormal encounters stretching back hundreds of years.
There have been alleged sightings of women holding severed baby legs, headless men and family murders on the notorious road.