The Haunting of Anstey Hill, South Australia

The Haunting of Anstey Hill, South Australia

Newman’s Nursery, Anstey Hill

Anstey Hill Recreation Park is a populated hiking trail by day, but by night the area takes on a whole new feeling. A dark atmosphere hangs over the old Newman’s Nursery, a now ruined set of buildings previously housing exotic plants dating back to 1854.

Newman's Nursery ruins on Anstey Hill.
The ruins of the old Newman’s Nursery scattered along the Anstey Hill hiking trail.

Though the Nursery is nothing more today than a series of crumbling stone ruins, it was once an elaborate business comprised of the largest nursery in the Southern Hemisphere. A series of heated glasshouses provided the Newman family with a thriving livelihood and home, which was convenient considering the size of this family, made up of 17 children.

Abandoned buildings in Anstey Hill.
The crumbling stone walls of a once-thriving nursery, now overgrown and worn.

Disaster and death were eventually to strike. The Newman’s were to lose one of their many children at the nursery in the most horrific of ways. One day, the excited 2-year-old Mary ran into the nursery’s kitchen to greet her father. The child tripped on her way and fell straight into a pot of boiling water, dying from her injuries. Following this event, the nursery was to begin its decline. The site was ravaged by storms, floods and eventually fire, leading to the closure and ruin of the buildings. Despite this adversity, the business was still able to survive and Newman’s Nursery still operates today in South Australia, albeit at a different location.

Haunted ruin on Anstey Hill in South Australia.
Follow this hiking trail to a haunted ruin.

Hauntings of Anstey Hill

This ruin holds a truly tainted past and there are some whispers that the site is haunted as a result. There have been many visitors to claim that the Newman Nursery is haunted by the spirits of children.

Old fireplace in ruin.
Remnants of an old fireplace within a deteriorated building.

Some people who have made the hike out to the ruined buildings after dark have claimed that they have sighted the apparitions of children playing amongst the decaying stone walls. Others have reportedly heard their voices and giggles in the dark, empty wilderness.

These claims are interesting considering that multiple child spirits are claimed to exist here, yet there is only one death of a child recorded in the area. Could it be that residual energy left from the Newman’s 17 children still exists in the area to this day? Or, possibly that legends have been skewed by the incorrect thought that Newman’s Nursery was one for children and not exotic plants? Either way, the history behind this ruin is a truly unique one and an interesting site to visit along a pleasant hike in Adelaide.

Newman Nursery on Anstey Hill.
The Newman’s Nursery of Anstey Hill, now reclaimed by nature.

Visiting Newman’s Nursery at Anstey Hill

Anstey Hill is open daily to the public, being a recreational park with many hiking trails to explore. The ruins of the old nursery can be located along Newman’s Track and are easy to spot. Take care when exploring, as the ruins are fragile and many rocks and holes are scattered throughout. From the main car park, it will take 20 to 30 minutes to reach the ruin along this trail.

Anstey Hill haunted hike in South Australia.
Waiting around to capture sight of one of the ghosts said to haunt Anstey Hill, South Australia.

If you are interested in other outdoor haunted locations in Adelaide, I highly recommend checking out the Kapunda Cemetery.

Thanks for reading!


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Comments (8)

  • psalms555Greg Bolter

    Posted by psalms555Greg Bolter on September 12, 2019

    Kool video 🙂


      Posted by Amy on September 12, 2019

      Thank you so much for watching, reading and commenting.

  • lyn beckwith

    Posted by lyn beckwith on September 16, 2019

    Alright, ya’ll got a little rained on. Get back out there!


      Posted by Amy on September 16, 2019

      Nah don’t want to damage my camera or paranormal equipment. I will go back for a part 2 someday.


      Posted by Amy on April 5, 2020

      Hey Lyn I just released a video on my return to Anste Hill. Check out my YouTube channel.

  • Richard

    Posted by Richard on November 10, 2020

    That growling was unmistakably a koala


      Posted by Amy on November 11, 2020

      Most likely. Thanks for watching.

  • Aidan

    Posted by Aidan on July 10, 2021

    One time ten years back I went there and saw that somebody graffitied a “lucifer’s cross”/ “leviathan cross” on the fire place .

    This is a satanic magic symbol that suggests somebody was practicing something near that fireplace? A lot of people have told me stories in the early- mid 90’s of “the mad monks” that did sick things with kangaroo corpses there whilst fires were lit at night. This one bloke said the clan had big dogs with them too.
    From what I can gather it was a well known occultist haunt in Adelaide? There was this other stone built building at Underdale by a bridge on holbrooks rd

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