Take a short drive to the western suburbs just outside of Melbourne and you may find yourself in the charming waterfront location of Point Cook. With beaches aplenty and stunning scenery it's a lovely attraction - however, take a closer look and you may give yourself a fright, especially if you join a Lantern tour around Point Cook homestead.
One of the oldest buildings in the area, the homestead harks back to days gone by and a different way of living. Rediscover the Aussie housing habits of yesteryear in this 25-acre property. Sprawling over vast grounds and at its center lies the home itself. Memories are not the only things to be left in this building - if these walls could talk, they'd surely tell you about the more sinister side to this house.
Who - or what - may be around the corner in Point Cook homestead?
Originally constructed in 1849, the house was once home to the Chirnside family and Thomas, one of the previous inhabitants, is said to roam the grounds to this day. So if you feel an unexplainable chill or damming presence, don't be shy, it's just Thomas saying hello - or is it?
Guests can enjoy a lavish two-course meal over two hours in the homestead illuminated by candlelight. Once the flames are extinguished, the visitors will be plunged into darkness and led around the building to explore all the hidden corners within an hour and a half. The original occupants of the home enjoyed their own private beach, stables and workshop - the machinery shed is said to be one of the most haunted places in the vicinity, so there's plenty to see and do!
However, don't go too far off the beaten track - you never know who, or what, may be watching! If you're brave enough to visit the homestead, be sure to save the date for an upcoming Friday 13th or to celebrate Halloween festivities. If you just can't wait that long, you may want to consider a private tour.