Is the Kanyaka Station Ghost Town Haunted?

Is the Kanyaka Station Ghost Town Haunted?

Kanyaka Station Ghost Town

Kanyaka Station lies in a remote part of South Australia’s Outback. The abandoned site is little more than a crumbling ghost town today, although this area will always remain rich in history.

Kanyaka Ghost Town ruins.
Ruins of Kanyaka are visible in the distance.

The station dates back to 1852 when it was established by the newly emigrated Hugh Proby, a wealthy, young man who had arrived on Australian soil from the UK. He worked to shape the Kanyaka Station but died shortly after the town was established in a flash flood accident where he was swept from his horse. His gravestone remains in place where he sadly passed away, just outside of town.

Ghost town in South Australia at night.
One of the ghost town’s stone ruins by night.

Following the death of Proby, the station continued to be shaped and grown by subsequent managers, such as John Randall Phillips, who worked to build many of the stone structures that remain in ruins today. The station saw some success with its cattle and sheep farming and boomed to house up to 70 families at its peak. Eventually, drought and the harsh climate of the outback caught up with the station and it was ultimately abandoned.

Is the Kanyaka Station Ruin Haunted?

Being a site where many lived, died and passed through, it remains entirely possible that the ruins of the Kanyaka Station ghost town could be haunted. There seem to be no real prevalent ghost stories about this site, but a visit and paranormal investigation of my own seems to suggest there may be some energy trapped here.

Shearer ruins at ghost town.
Old shearer’s work station at Kanyaka.

During the time I spent at this site I thought I captured sight of a shadow figure, almost like a man, within the creek, which runs past the main homestead. While my husband Jarrad thought he saw someone wearing white within the ruins as we approached in our car.

Haunted ghost town South Australia.
Stone ruins, which could hold energy from the past.

We also documented a ball moving on its own and some strange responses came through an Estes session and our devices. This place definitely warrants further ingestion and I would be interested to hear others’ experiences.

Visiting Kanyaka Station

The Kanyaka Stations is a fascinating peek into the harsh lives of early European settlers. The ruins are amazingly intact and quite easy to find off the main highway. There are two main areas where the ruins can be found, split between the main homestead and the shearer’s workspace and living quarters. A short walk through the dry creek bed will also take one to the town’s small cemetery. I definitely recommend a visit but please use care and caution when traveling to this location as it is quite remote.

ghost town cemetery.
Kanyaka Station’s small cemetery.

Hugh Proby’s grave can also be located by following the sign pointing off from the main freeway, just before Kanyaka. Be warned that the actual grave is located a fair distance from the main road.

Hugh Proby's grave, South Australia.
Hugh Proby’s gravesite.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also find interest in Farina, another South Australian ghost town.

Thanks for reading!


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Comments (4)

  • mark e engell

    Posted by mark e engell on October 31, 2021

    a ghost was trying to take overjared.


      Posted by Amy on October 31, 2021

      He’s doing ok, thanks for checking in.

  • Jackie Amundsen

    Posted by Jackie Amundsen on March 22, 2024

    Just wanted to say that I’ve only just discovered you and only watched a couple of videos but I just wanted to say that when you’re in places in the outback remember that you will be picking up indigenous peoples spirits and possibly experience local mobs cultural stories etc but you probably already know this anyway.
    Love your work and keep going doing what you do 💜


      Posted by Amy on May 27, 2024

      Thank you so much!

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