10 Creepy Phantoms and Urban Legends of Australia

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Australia is one of the sunniest places on Earth: a continent-sized country comprised of glorious weather, excellent beaches and an upbeat temperament. Apart from the petrifying animals, it’s hard to imagine anything terrifying coming out of this land of sunshine and sport.

But, far away from the beaches and tourist spots, lurks another Australia. A dark Australia made of half-whispered rumours and things that go bump in the night.

The Burning Airman (Canberra)

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In 1940, tragedy struck the outskirts of Canberra. A Lockheed Hudson II bomber carrying four members of government spiralled out of control and crashed into the nearby woods. Known as the Canberra Air Disaster, the incident would go down in local history – in more ways than one.

Fast forward a handful of years, and Canberra residents started reporting strange encounters in the woods. It was said that unearthly lights could be seen near the old crash site, while others reported hearing the distant drone of an airplane, followed by a loud bang. But nothing compares to the story told by one teenage girl.

Not long after the first sightings were reported, a teenage girl ran screaming from the forest, claiming she was being followed by the long-dead airman. Still shrouded in flame, the figure had pursued her to the edge of the forest… and she wasn’t the only one. Over the years, many stories have built up of people having hideous encounters near the crash site; encounters so horrible that few ever return to the woods again. Is the burning airman still out there somewhere, waiting for them? We’ll leave it to you to decide.

The King’s Park Coven (Perth)

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Parks are terrifying places at night, and Kings Park in Perth is no exception. At slightly over 4km squared, it’s larger than Central Park in New York or Hyde Park in London. And when the sun goes down and the lights go out, it plays host to some very spooky legends.

The spookiest of all is the Satanist rumour. It’s said that on certain nights, a coven of Devil worshippers take to the park, where they perform all sorts of weird rites. Occult symbols are drawn, figures are burnt and orgies take place on the grassy slopes. But, every once in a while, the coven also offers up something extra special: a human sacrifice.

The legend is further fuelled by occasional reports of local homeless men going missing. It’s said that those who sleep in the park run the risk of becoming the coven’s latest offering to their hideous God. The legend almost certainly has no basis in fact, but you won’t catch us wandering around King’s Park after midnight. Just in case.


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