Wongan Hills can be found about 2.5 hours north east of Perth. The drive to this town is spectacular because you see so many interesting things – if you look for them! Otherwise the road can be long and tedious.
Right next to Wongan Hills Community Resource Centre is a white building like structure with a fence around it. With a big sign saying “Railway Restoration Project”, you are inclined to assume that this is a ‘keep out zone’. However, there is a little gate which you can open and wonder through.
Upon entering I could not help but feel a thousand eyes looking back at me. I had this eerie feeling that this was haunted. Everything about it made my hairs stand on end….and not entirely sure why. I don’t normally get nervous walking around buildings like this, but this one really spooked me.
There was a long passage way with rooms aligned on each side. I could envision these rooms being transformed into hotel rooms because they would be to small for anything else. With a sense of spookiness I began to wonder the history behind it. Part of me was curious to find out and the other part was more interested to let ‘sleeping history …..stay sleeping’.
The thought of turning it into a hotel brings back memories when I stayed at the GoldRush Hotel in Johannesburg. It was originally accommodation for miners. After the closure of the mine, developers turned it into a hotel. I was staying alone in one of the rooms and I had that same eerie feeling that there was more to the place than was being told.
When I entered into my room, which was interior had a strong Victorian theme, I could sense that I was not alone. The bath tub was an Victorian Style design and it was partially closed by a semi-see through Chinese Room Divider. When I ran the bath tub I saw a strange sort of steam come off the water. I put it off to the change in atmosphere and high altitude.
However, when I turned the lights off to go to sleep, I felt the side of the bed drop down as if someone was sitting on the edge. I also smelt dust, as if a miner just returned from work and this huge dust cloud stretched over the bed. It did not take me long to turn the light on…and I spent the rest of the night with the lights on and waking up every few minutes.
Later the next day I asked one of the staff if the places was haunted, particularly my room. To my shock and horror it was, and some people had experienced the same thing in my room. To this day I am unsure if this staff member was having a quick jab of fun…but I was pretty happy to leave the venue.
Outside of the Railway Restoration Centre are some amazing everlasting flowers. Unfortunately, everlastings don’t really last that long, so the best time to see this place would probably be around August to October.
I guess, if you are interested in being a little spooked or want to shoot a scary film, then this would be the perfect setting. As for myself, even though I like adventure, I am not entirely sure I would want to go back. Well…maybe just once – for curiosity sake! 😉
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