Slaughter Falls: Queensland’s Haunted Hiking Trail

Slaughter Falls: Queensland’s Haunted Hiking Trail

Slaughter Falls

Slaughter Falls is a hiking trail that lies within Queensland’s Mount Coot-tha Forest. It is an area known for its dark past, which might be expected given its name, however, Slaughter Falls was named after the important town clerk, JC Slaughter. Nevertheless, the area has earned its dark reputation having previously been a place of murder, suicide and of course ghosts.

Haunted Slaughter Falls.
At the base of Slaughter Falls, a haunted hiking trail in Brisbane, Australia.

The Dark Past and Ghosts of Slaughter Falls

Many peculiar and terrifying events have transpired at Slaughter Falls and it is curious why so many have been drawn to this site. The first event of interest took place on Christmas day, 1925. This saw a woman shot by a man who hid from her in bushes along the trail. Fortunately, this woman survived the attack. It is interesting, though disturbing, to note that the man who shot her did so for unknown reasons. The pair did not share any form of relationship and when questioned as to why he had committed this crime, the man stated that he did not even know and just felt something come over him. Could this have been some kind of influence of the area?

Haunted hiking trail.
Viewing platform along the hiking trail.

In 1926 the area was to see a double suicide. Two men entered the falls together to take their own lives, with the reasons why still a mystery to this day.

Art at Slaughter Falls.
Art displayed under a large rock.

In the following year, 1927, a murder-suicide was documented at the falls. This saw a man take his girlfriend out for a walk, only to shoot her in the forehead. He then ingested poison, though survived his suicide attempt. When he was questioned about this event, he stated that he couldn’t remember anything about what had happened and just felt as though some kind of dark cloud had engulfed him.

Slaughter Falls hiking.
Stone staircase along the trail.

Some others have speculated that Satanic rituals have been performed in the area of Slaughter Falls. This is one reason why it is believed to draw in such negativity. Other rumors state that a young, teenage girl was raped and then murdered in the area. It is her spirit said to haunt the place to this day, still searching for help. Though, some do claim there may be other spirits to exist in the space, which given the history of Slaughter Falls seems plausible.

Creek at Slaughter Falls, Queensland, Australia.
Dry creek bed along the hiking path.

Visiting Haunted Slaughter Falls

Although the area has a seriously dark and disturbing past, Slaughter Falls is a pleasant and popular place to hike. Plenty of parking exists at the foot of the trails which take you through a series of paths across the Mount Coot-tha region.

Haunted Slaughter Falls.
A sign denoting Slaughter Falls.

If you enjoyed this article you may also find interest in the nearby haunted Ghost Hole Mine hiking trail.

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Comments (2)

  • Johnny25062506

    Posted by Johnny25062506 on November 20, 2020

    Wow! This place has many scary suicides indeed. Interesting haunted place.. 😱😱😱😱


      Posted by Amy on November 20, 2020

      Thanks for reading, Johnny.

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