Perth’s Haunted Swan View Tunnel

Perth’s Haunted Swan View Tunnel

Swan View Tunnel, Perth

Along one of Perth’s many popular hiking trails sits a disused railway tunnel that has sent chills down the spines of those who pass through it since its opening. You’ll find this dark, damp and lengthy tunnel within the John Forrest National Park, where it has sat since its opening in 1895.

Haunted Swan View Tunnel 1985
The supposedly haunted Swan View Tunnel was officially opened in 1895.

Since its construction began, the Swan View Tunnel has been riddled with problems. There are rumors that many perished while the tunnel was being built, though more dark events would transpire after the official opening. It turned out, some miscalculations of the 340-meter long tunnel had been made. The tunnel’s opening was too tight and the incline it was built upon was too steep to mesh well with the type of trains that were to pass through it.

Perth Western Australia haunted train tunnel.
Approaching the sinister-looking disused train tunnel near Perth, Western Australia.

From 1896, many trains passing through the tunnel would fill with smoke and steam from the engine, since it had nowhere else to go. The most terrifying part about this was that it caused those on board to asphyxiate and oftentimes, pass out. 1903 would see the first extremely serious incident along the tunnel, where a train passing through Swan View had slowed to walking pace, causing those on board to slowly suffocate and lose consciousness, with the train creeping through the tunnel ever so slowly. Both drivers and around 20 firefighters on board lost consciousness and sadly, one of the drivers also lost his life.

Haunted tunnel in Perth.
Light breaks through the entrance to the tunnel where many have claimed to have paranormal experiences.

Eventually, at the turn of the 1960s, the Swan View Tunnel was disused and another route was forged. Given the dark and ghastly history that this tunnel possesses, it’s no wonder why ghost stories have swirled about this location.

Ghost Stories of the Swan View Tunnel

Many people claim that the Swan View Tunnel is one of the most haunted places in Perth. Taking a brief look at the tunnel’s history, it is easy to see why so many ghost stories have formed about this location. Ghost tours have even made their way through the area in the past!

Swan View Tunnel ghosts.
The seemingly endless haunted Swan View Tunnel by night.

Some to visit have claimed to sight visual anomalies that cannot be explained, such as self-illuminated balls of light traveling through the tunnel. Other ghostly activity to be reported includes, hearing strange noises and even being overcome with sudden physiological sensations that fall in line with the tunnel’s past of asphyxiation.

During my own visit to the tunnel, footsteps were documented on camera and we received the name “Fred” through one of our devices when we questioned who had made the noise.

Visiting the Haunted Swan View Tunnel

The Swan View Tunnel is a stunning, but eerie place to visit. The tunnel is steeped in history itself, but surrounded by magnificent views of nature, making for an interesting hiking destination. The tunnel remains open and is accessible at night, though some night hikers may make their way through from time to time.

Paranormal investigation of haunted Swan View Tunnel.
Jarrad looking for the ghosts of the Swan View Tunnel.

If you enjoyed this article, you may also like to learn about another haunted train tunnel in Australia, the Ernest Junction Tunnel.

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Comments (6)

  • Justin

    Posted by Justin on December 28, 2021

    I’m glad you and Jarrod enjoyed the tunnel. I grew up near by an I’ve always loved this place. I’m glad you both enjoyed it over niece n I love your channel. Now guna watch more of your vids in Western Australia ❤❤ next time you’re back over here , check out midland town hall. Or check it on the internet.. a real hot spot


      Posted by Amy on December 31, 2021

      Thanks for the kind words, Justin! So cool to hear you and your niece enjoy my channel. We absolutely loved WA and I’ll keep your suggestion in mind for our next visit. Plenty more WA locations coming in 2022 as well!

  • Hayden aka Shadow6

    Posted by Hayden aka Shadow6 on March 2, 2022

    Watched all the vids.. now time to read all the blogs 🙂


      Posted by Amy on March 22, 2022

      Awesome! Thanks Hayden, it is much appreciated.

  • Claudia Webb

    Posted by Claudia Webb on June 16, 2022

    I was in there at night and my phone that wasn’t turned on suddenly started playing a Pink Floyd song, Have a cigar, kinda makes sense now I know the story behind the tunnel. I got my phone out of my pocket and I couldn’t turn the song off because my music wasn’t playing. It’s did it a second time when I came out the western exit.


      Posted by Amy on June 25, 2022

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Claudia.

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