The tiny town with dimly lit streets is known to have two resident ghosts that flit in and around the railway station. Temperatures also drop bone-chillingly low there during winter. Can you place it yet?

The town is Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains. It scored the title after taking out first place in Writing NSW’s competition to name the perfect setting for a ghost story.

Blue Mountains

Author Bo Henley won for the following.

“Mount Victoria: Home of Henry Lawson’s “Ghost of the Second Bridge” (Victoria Pass) and known to have two resident ghosts that flit in and around the railway station. It’s a tiny town with dimly lit streets, a causeway (road) that disappears into the night, and two red eyes that appear on certain nights at the end of Platform Two.”

Author Bo Henley.

The Blue Mountains was considered to be rather spirited with Katoomba also being shortlisted.

Katoomba Blue Mountains

Tania Walker wrote that “Katoomba is undoubtedly as haunted as they come; as a mountain town, it endures eerie snowy winters full of bare branches rattling the windowpanes, and the character of the town in itself invites intrigue, ringing with the echoes of cults and gothic settlers and desperate bushrangers.”

Ooo shivers. The Blue Mountains area is feeling creepier by the minute.

Lismore was also shortlisted for Madeline Shaw’s entry.


“I met a man who didn’t believe in ghosts until walking home one night, along a moonlit Lismore country lane, a ghost, young, male, stepped from the creek and through the wire fence, right in front of him.”

Other shortlisted towns included Braidwood, Lightning Ridge, Mudgee, Gravesend, Broken Hill and Pilliga.

Aspiring horror writers, you know where to take your writer’s retreat now.

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