(Mushroom Tunnel)

229 Argyle Street, Picton, NSW

Status: Former Railway Tunnel; Former Military Storage; Tourist Attraction


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This tunnel was opened in 1867 and is historically significant as it was the first tunnel used by the New South Wales Railway. The tunnel is 592 feet (180.4 metres).

In 1919 the tunnel was closed to railway traffic when a replacement line was constructed. During World War II the tunnel was used by the Royal Australian Air Force used it to store weapons – rumoured to have included mustard gas which, thankfully, was not used in the war – and other war materials.

In the 1950’s the tunnel was used for growing mushrooms. Hence, it’s more famous name – the mushroom tunnel.

It is now a tourist attraction albeit only open for very limited times; Monday to Friday 1000 – 1400. It is closed on weekends and all public holidays.


Paranormal Activity

During the railway era the tunnel was said to have been the site of numerous suicides and accidents.

The tunnel is one of the most consistently active paranormal locations in Australia. You are virtually guaranteed to experience some form of paranormal activity every time you visit.

The most famous story is that of Emily Bollard who entered the tunnel in 1916; it is unclear whether she meant to commit suicide or if her death was a tragic accident. While she was in the tunnel a train entered it as well and she was struck and killed.

It is said that ever since the night she was killed the ghost of Emily has haunted the tunnel. To this day the apparition of a floating woman with no face is reported near and in the tunnel.

Other Reported Activity: apparitions of children that will suddenly emerge from the darkness; often near the living; shadow figures who are often seen sliding along the walls; electrical disturbances; light anomalies which frequently appear above people’s heads; cold and warm spots and feelings of not being alone.