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River Torrens Dark History Tour

Once it was decided to establish a settlement, the River Torrens stood out as a very convenient source of water, in a lush, quiet surrounding. The River has certainly seen lots of activity, from recreational swimming and rowing, to body disposal and prowling spots of some of Adelaide’s most notorious criminals.

We will show you where bodies have been found, dumped and drowned in the Torrens. Come aboard and sit over the spot Mrs Habibulta had part of her body discovered in the River, leading to the police draining the River to find the rest of her.

If you’ve been on tours and heard about John Balaban, see where he attacked a young couple, with no provocation, before going on to commit his other hideous crimes. One of Adelaide’s least likeable fellows, Balaban was hung at the Old Adelaide Gaol, which we will cruise past, with only a few guards in attendance. No family, no friends, no one mourned the passing of Balaban when he finally paid for his crimes, here and abroad.

Hear about our own investigations at the Festival Theatre and learn about it’s own development, with remnants of the original buildings still beneath it! You will discover what recordings were taken during the investigation and discover who it might be that was talking to us.

Join us on the Popeye and relax on the River that has seen it all! Sit back, float along this scenic cruise and listen to the history of the City, the River, and the people that have used it as a dumping ground, if not worse!

River Torrens Video Clips

Frequently Asked Questions

Our tours are usually held on a Saturday evening. However during school holidays, History Month and The Fringe, we host Friday night tours as well.

$50 per person

We do walk on all of our tours.
We do not have to walk for the most part. This takes place onboard the Popeye so you do not need to walk too much.

Unfortunately Ghost Crime Tours cannot control the weather and if we simply can’t safely walk in the conditions then we will honour your booking for an alternative date of your choosing.

We only allow people over the age of 16 years on our tours. Anyone under the age of 18 must also be accompanied by an adult.

Yes you are more than welcome to take as many photos as you like. All we ask is that you are respectful of those around you and when using flash photography please don’t blind anyone while we’re walking.

Dude seriously! No you’re not guaranteed to see a “real ghost” nobody could ever guarantee such a thing without using some fake theatrics which is not what we’re about.

We meet at the Elder Park Rotunda. There is parking in the nearby streets, or in the Festival Centre car parks.

Our tours all begin at 7.30pm. We recommend you are there by 7.15pm as the tour guide will still need to sign everyone in and make sure everyone has arrived prior to the tour.

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