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Discover Dunkeld have teamed with the acclaimed Royal Mail Hotel to bring you an evening of entertainment and history, as they take you on a terrifying tour of Dunkeld’s darker side!

Taking advantage of the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice Ghost Tour will recount tales of dastardly deeds and terrible tragedy that still haunt this seemingly quaint village.

Explore the streets of Dunkeld on a walking tour of key sites, and then board the bus to some particularly eerie locations.  Guests can choose to take a tour only, or enjoy a meal with friends at the Royal Mail Hotel before departure.

The tours will end up back at the Royal Mail Hotel so that guests can warm up and enjoy a nightcap!



 Royal Mail Hotel Dinner & Tour Package

Guests are able to choose from three dinner seatings, depending on how late you want to be out on a dark winter’s evening!

To leave you more time to enjoy your meal, you will be asked upon booking to choose from a set menu of options prepared by the Royal Mail Hotel Kitchen Staff.

Dinner will be served in the Annex Room of the Royal Mail Hotel promptly at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm, with tours departing one hour after meal service.  Drinks are available at bar prices.

The tour will take two hours, with one hour of light walking around the streets of Dunkeld, followed by one hour aboard the Ghost Express, a bus service that will shuttle you around to key locations on the outskirts of Dunkeld and the foothills of Grampians.

Guest will need to rug up, wear sensible shoes and are advised to bring a waterproof coat and small torch.

Tour Only

If guests wish to organise their own dinner prior to taking a tour, they can opt for the Tour Only package.  Dearting the Royal Mail Hotel at 10pm and returing at midnight!




 Dinner & Tour – $50 p/person

6pm dinner for the 7pm tour – returning 9pm.

7pm dinner for the 8pm tour – returning 10pm.

8pm dinner for the 9pm tour – returning 11pm.

Tour Only (dinner by own arrangement) – $25 p/person

Departing at 10pm and returning to the Royal Mail Hotel at midnight.




Bookings are essential, as seats are limited on ALL tours. 

We advise you book early to secure group bookings on the same tour.

To book phone the Royal Mail Hotel reception on 03 5577 2241.

For more information please email  discoverdunkeld@gmail.com .




Is there an age limit for the tour?

This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 12. The content is historical, with references to real life murders, suicides and graphic accidents.

Will there be much walking on the tour?

The walking tour encompasses 4 x 250 metre walks in between story telling at historic venues of note. These are all located in the township, and include the Dunkeld Information Centre, the former Methodist Church, the Railway Station and the Police Lock-up. From there, a bus will convey guests to the Old Cemetery, ‘haunted’ Red Gum and into the foothills of the Southern Grampians.

Are the tours suitable for wheelchairs?

This may be possible depending on the size of the group. Please speak to the organisers if this is required.

Are there toilet facilities available on the tour?

We encourage patrons to utilize facilities at the Royal Mail Hotel before the tour departs. There are conveniences at the Dunkeld Information Centre, however we would prefer not to disrupt the tour if possible.

Will I see a ghost?

Discover Dunkeld do not guarantee you will see a ghost – but you might!

Do you set up ghosts?

The tour has been designed to let the history and stories of the township, the significance of the Winter Solstice evening and the evocative venues speak for themselves.

Can we take photos during the tour?

Yes, although we do not allow video cameras and we encourage photos to be directed away from other guests, story tellers and the tour leaders.

What should I wear?

We encourage all guests to dress warmly, and bring a raincoat and/or umbrella. There will be undercover areas available during the walking tour.

What if it rains?

The tour will not be cancelled for inclement weather. Undercover areas are available at the majority of locations, but we encourage people to bring rain jackets and umbrellas for the walks in-between sites.

Do I need to bring a torch or light?

Guests will be provided with lanterns, but are encouraged to bring a personal torch, if desired, to assist with the walk in between sites.



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