Walking into the Woodman Point Quarantine Station just south of Fremantle, you know you’re looking at a piece of history. The buildings tell stories of its past and the people housed at the station.
But it’s not until you walk into the buildings that the darker history shows itself.
It’s been called WA’s best kept secret, not just for its history. Ghost hunters around the country have told of the station’s paranormal activity.
One of those is WA spiritual medium Rebecca Millman.
“I may walk into a building and feel a bit of fear and anxiety and that’s what the ghost may be experiencing,” the medium said.
“I might hear them tell me their name, or I might get a smell.
“Often at the quarantine station you can get an odour, that’s from the chemicals. So you might walk into a room and get a quite strong smell and the next time you walk in it’s gone.”
She’s been holding tours in the station for about eight years.
Once a year, she hosts an overnight tour of the former quarantine station, and tries to communicate with spirits that haunt the area.
“Pretty much we always get some form of activity, whether it’s something turning up in someone’s photos, or you name it, we always get something,” she said.
This year’s tour will be held this weekend.
With more time to spend in each building, more paranormal phenomena are expected to be felt, seen, heard and even smelled.
“In the hospital there’s quite a bit of activity. There can be anywhere from five or six spirits in there at a time,” Ms Millman said.
The station was built in 1886 to process and house anyone entering WA’s shores with quarantine concerns before being allowed into the main population.
For more than 90 years, it housed the sick and diseased to stop sickness from spreading into the rest of WA.
That means people infected with some of the most deadly diseases walked through the area.
Pandemics like small pox, the Black Plague, tuberculosis and leprosy.
But one of the worst diseases to affect the station was the outbreak of Spanish Flu in 1918.
Known as the Boonah Tragedy, 27 soldiers and four nurses died of the disease at the station after the ship called the Boonah returned to WA from South Africa after the end of World War One.
It’s rumoured many of the nurses and soldiers who died from the Spanish Flu still haunt the buildings.
But on the West Australian’s visit to the Quarantine Station with Rebecca Millman, we were told it was the ghost of a young boy that was watching us from the shower block.
Our cameras didn’t pick up anything, but our medium told us his name was Robert, and it’s likely he died of disease, then his family died after him.
Ms Millman said the boy was interested in our cameras and how they worked.
But he’s not the only ghost that can be found in the area.
“What I love about this building, which is the shower block, is that… sometimes they’ll whistle, sometimes they’ll come up and groan and everybody hears that,” she said.
“We’ve had spirit light produced, so little balls of green lights, we’ve had physical touch, playing with electrical equipment, so this is a really great room to interact with the spirit world.”
Ms Millman said the tours aren’t meant to be scary, and it’s recommended to go in with an open mind.
There will be two tours on Friday and Saturday. To book, visit Ms Millman’s website.