The Haunted Bush Inn: Over 200 Years of Ghosts

The Haunted Bush Inn: Over 200 Years of Ghosts

The Bush Inn, Tasmania

The sleepy town of New Norfolk, Tasmania is a place filled with history and no place contains more history than the Bush Inn. Standing on the banks of the Derwent Hospital since 1815, the Bush Inn remains the oldest continually licensed hotel in all of Australia. Having existed within a prime position of a very historic location for so long, the Bush Inn has seen a thing or two and many claim it has even acquired a number of ghosts.

Night falling over the haunted Bush Inn, Tasmania.
The haunted Bush Inn by night.

Ghosts of the Bush Inn

Many people claim the old Bush Inn to be one of the most haunted places in Tasmania. The hotel has certainly seen a lot during its lifetime and is said to have a number of haunted hotspots. Room 6 is said to be the most haunted of the hotel’s rooms and the underground cellar/basement is also said to be particularly active.

Paranormal basement under the haunted Bush Inn.
The basement beneath the Bush Inn is said to be a hotbed for paranormal activity.

Legends state that a secret underground tunnel once existed beneath the Bush Inn. This was supposedly used to ferry patients from the Derwent River to the Derwent Hospital while keeping them out of the public eye. Plenty of people have debated the truth behind this claim, while others believe it could be one reason for all the paranormal activity that is said to happen under the hotel.

Horse shoe in haunted basement.
Horseshoe hanging upon a door underneath the haunted hotel

The Bush Inn’s most popular ghost story centers on Room Six. It is said that around the time the hotel was built, a young girl fell down the building’s stairs in a horrible accident. This would sadly claim her life and she is now said to exist as a spirit within Room 6. Some have described her as being a young child, while other more recent reports the hotel has received from gusts suggest she may actually be an adolescent. Either way, no one really knows why she has taken up residence in Room 6.

Haunted stairs in Bush Inn.
The staircase where a young girl supposedly died.

Despite all of this, many people who have spent the night in Room 6 have reported to sight this young lady within the room and some have even claimed to communicate with her. In addition to this spirit, many others have been sighted all around the hotel, often described as full apparitions or shadow figures.

Haunted Room 6 at Australia's Bush Inn.
Looking into Room 6, said to be the most haunted place inside the hotel.

Visiting the Haunted Bush Inn

The Bush Inn is open daily for lunch, dinner, drinks or as an accommodation option. Room 6 can be booked out by calling the front desk and requesting it. The staff at this hotel are extremely friendly and very open to talking about their ghosts. It is a historic building that is definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area.

Looking for the ghosts of the haunted Bush Inn.
Roaming the haunted inn, looking for ghosts.

If you enjoyed this article you might also like to read about Tasmania’s historic and haunted Port Arthur.

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Comments (2)

  • alexis s waller

    Posted by alexis s waller on August 23, 2020

    I wish you would come to the states I would be so thrilled


      Posted by Amy on August 25, 2020

      I have been to the States before. You should check out the United States section on my website to see all of the haunted places I have visited in the U.S. I have been to some really notable places including the Queen Mary and The Stanley Hotel.

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