14 December 2022

Discover Kingston's spooky side on a ghostly foreshore tour

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Dare to go on one of Sarah Stewart’s ghost tours along Kingston Foreshore? Photo: Sarah Stewart.

Are there ghosts that haunt the Kingston Foreshore? And are you brave enough to find out where they lurk?

If you dare, book a Foreshore Ghosts and Tales tour and discover the truth about Kingston and Causeway through spooky and unbelievable stories – some funny and many, tragically true tales.

Listen carefully and brace yourself as Foreshore Ghosts and Tales founder and tour guide Sarah Stewart takes you on a 90-minute journey, diving into Kingston’s history over the last 150 years that might just leave you with goosebumps.

“People can expect to hear lots of tales and learn about the history of the area,” Sarah says. “And for many, they’ve probably never heard about that history.

“There are lots of very sad and true crime stories attached to the area that I take people to on the tour, where a lot of mysterious things have happened too.

“If you want to gain a general sense of history, while hearing interesting and tragic stories, this might be the perfect tour for you.”

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Sarah has been fascinated by ghosts and history since she was young, enticing her to take at least eight ghost tours in her lifetime. These include staying in Australia’s most haunted house, Monte Cristo Homestead, in Junee.

As her love for ghosts, history and all things spooky and mysterious grew, she decided to start her own ghost tours during lockdown in 2021 as a way to sneak her family out of the house and exercise.

“My family loves ghost tours and anything to do with ghosts,” she says.

“We’re all pretty into our history too. So I did some research and discovered there’s a lot of history in the area we live in (on the foreshore) that I never knew about because Kingston is full of modern buildings.

“What started out as a bit of fun led me to starting the Foreshore Ghosts and Tales tours in August. Since then, I’ve been on about 10 tours and they have been quite popular ever since.”

With 10 to 15 guests on each tour on average, more than 100 people have now enjoyed being spooked.

Sarah Stewart's ghost tour

Sarah Stewart takes the team from the Village Vet in Downer on a Foreshore Ghosts and Tales tour. Photo: Foreshore Ghosts and Tales, Facebook.

The Foreshore Ghosts and Tales tour starts at Norgrove Park and takes guests to spooky spots including the railway station, the old mortuary, the Causeway and Newcastle House.

Sarah says people of all ages join the tours, with the youngest to date being a 13-year-old and the oldest a woman in her 60s.

The ghost tour guide says one of the best parts of her job is connecting with the community through storytelling.

“I love storytelling and talking to people about history,” Sarah says.

“There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t learn something from the people I’m working with either. People of all ages really enjoy the experience and tell me about their own experiences.

“With every tour, I’m learning something new and it’s just such an interesting job. I really love hearing the feedback from people after the tour.”

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Sarah encourages visitors to Canberra and homegrown residents to join her over the holiday season.

“I like to spend my summer in Canberra… so I’ve decided to put on a few more tours,” she says.

“I think they’re something fun for anyone who likes to hear stories and learn about Canberra’s history in a unique way.

“There are lots of great local businesses to support along the foreshore too. So people can enjoy a nice dinner before the tour or a drink after with friends and family.”

Sarah’s upcoming tours on Friday 16 December, Saturday 7 January, Saturday 14 January and Saturday 28 January run from 8 to 9:30 pm.

To book a Foreshore Ghosts and Tales tour, or find out more, visit Try booking.

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