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Special Tours January 2018

  • Monday 1st January 2018: 11am and 2pm
  • Tuesday 2nd January 2018: 11am and 2pm
  • Friday 26th January 2018: 11am and 2pm

Day tours

Conducted each Sunday and Wednesday at 11am and 2pm. Extra tours are organised for public holiday weekends.

  • Tours are conducted by the Friends of J Ward volunteers
  • Tours commence from the Grano Street entrance
  • Age limits – parental discretion advised
  • Accessibility – stairs, no wheelchairs
  • Toilets – available during the tour
  • Photos – yes
  • Participants will gain a greater understanding of the history of Victorian Mental Health System.
Tickets can be purchased online (below) or in person at:

Ararat and Grampians Visitor Information Centre,
91 High Street, Ararat.
Phone: 1800 657 158

  • Adult $20
  • Concession $18
  • Child (16 and under) $10
  • Family (2 adults, 2 children) $50

Concession applies to Aged Pensioners, Seniors Card holders and pre-booked groups of ten or more. Group tours can be organised at any time. The cost is $18 per head for minimum of 10 people, or $180.

Ghost tours

Ghost Tours of J Ward Asylum for the Criminally Insane are available. Please contact Lantern Ghost Tours, Ph. 1300 390 119 or

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