Aradale Asylum Day Tours

Take an informative guided tour of the institution that housed Victoria’s mentally ill for over 140 years. Now a ghost town, Aradale was once known as the Ararat Lunatic Asylum. Aradale and its two sister asylums at Kew and Beechworth were commissioned to accommodate the growing number of lunatics in the colony of Victoria. Construction began in 1860 and was opened for patients in 1865. It was closed as an asylum in 1998. At its height, Aradale had up to 900 patients yearly and is a large complex with up to 70 interesting historic abandoned buildings. The tour takes you through the cavernous wards and halls of the institution that treated and housed the mentally ill of Victoria for over 140 years. Tours run each Sunday and Wednesday, 11am and 2pm, 90-120 minutes duration. Group bookings can be arranged for other times and are limited to 25 people per group. Tickets are available at the Ararat & Grampians Visitor Information Centre.