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AFRAID of ghosts? What about paranormal activity? There's plenty of spooky places around the planet but Australia has many of them.

It's not for everyone, but if you have hired a car in Sydney, Melbourne or Perth here are three places that promise to spook the hell out of you.

1. Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee NSW - Could this old mansion be the most haunted place in the world? Many say it is. The resident ghost is said to be Mrs Elizabeth Crawley, the original owner, who apparently is fiercely protective of her property. In addition to spooky visions there's believed to be poltergeist like activity as well. Yikes! From Sydney, Junee is a four hour drive. We suggest you get a room at the Mercure in Wagga Wagga just a racing heartbeat away. Don't forget to do a tour of the mansion.

2. Princess Theatre in Melbourne Victoria - This gorgeous building was built in 1854 and is known as the home of Frederick Baker, a ghostly resident who has been lurking around the stage and dressing rooms since the late 19th century. It is said he played the role of Mephistopheles in Faust when he died of a heart attack just after his performance. It's believed for a long time the third-row seat in the dress circle was kept vacant in his honour.

3. Fremantle Arts Centre WA - The Freo venue is said to be "seriously haunted" and once was an Asylum for the mentally insane. Reports include sightings, doors opening and closing, strange lights, sounds, while others have said they have been touched or even kissed but nothing appears to be nearby.

Scott Podmore

Scott Podmore

Award-winning writer, editor, photographer, videographer and owner of October Grey Media. Specialising in travel and lifestyle content and a full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. Has contributed regular content for the NewsCorp stable of newspapers and magazines, TravelTalk mag, The Departure Lounge and many more publications in Australia and internationally. Follow on Twitter & instragram #scottpodmore

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