Goulburn Ghost Tours has come under fire for their new Belanglo tour, which has been taking guests on an Ivan Milat themed excursion through the forest.
Sometimes you really have to wonder what happened to some people’s ‘poor taste’ filter.
Causing outrage this week is the uncovering of a Belanglo ‘Ghost Tour’, an overnight expedition into the Belanglo forest where Ivan Milat murdered and buried seven people in the mid to late 90s.
The tour, which runs from 6pm until 3am in the morning, promises ‘extreme terror’ by inviting guests to, “Come with us to Belanglo where Ivan Milat buried the bodies of his victims,” adding “once you enter Belanglo State Forest you may never come out.”
The Ivan Milat murders remain one of the most gruesome chapters in Australia’s criminal history, with families of the seven victim’s families still reeling from the grisly killings. Milat was charged in 1996 for the murder of Caroline Clarke, Joanne Walters, Deborah Everist, James Gibson, Simone Schmidl, Anja Habschied, and Gabor Neugebaue.
All victims were aged between 19 to 22 years old, with Milat only charged after their partly buried bodies were found by runners in the forest.
NSW Premier Mike Baird has labelled the tours incredibly disrespectful, and most definitely not approved by the local or state government.
“It’s completely and utterly outrageous. I saw those reports and I couldn’t quite believe it,” he said.
“For them to operate in the state forest they would require a permit.
“I have been advised they haven’t yet sought a permit but if they do, they won’t be getting one, and if they operate illegally they will face the full force of the law.
“It’s not only in bad taste, it’s just terrible. Horrendous.”
Goulburn Ghost Tours run a number of tours of haunted locations around NSW, with their latest addition in Belanglo setting you back $150, which includes “paranormal equipment and training, snacks and billy tea.”
The manager of the Goulburn Ghost Tour, Louise Edwards, said the new tour was run with sensitivity, noting each of the victims are named along with the dates they went missing.