Forsayth by night set to spook

Things are about to get a whole lot more spooky in the tiny Tropical North Queensland town of Forsayth.

Staff at the iconic Goldfields Hotel, a five hour drive southwest of Cairns, bring history alive through lantern-lit night tours.

Owner Simon Terry says the mysterious excursions include dinner and run Wednesday and Thursday nights, as well as on demand.

He says recounting tales of paranormal activity certainly keeps visitors second-guessing.

“The tour incorporates storytelling and technology to bring to life the history of how Forsayth was built during the gold rush and how the rail line development impacted on the town,” Simon says.

Participants will get an overview of the town’s history from settlement to present day and can expect a few surprises along the way.

“The tour incorporates a number of historical recounts as well as a local ghost story, which leaves visitors wondering where fiction and fact separate,” Simon says.

“The Goldfields Hotel has been part of the Forsayth community since the early 20th century, although the original timber hotel was destroyed by fire in the early 1970s.”

The current building has served as the community’s local pub since that time and underwent a major refurbishment in 2014.

“Forsayth By Night utilises lantern technology to assist with the storytelling as it is really effective for night tours and adds to the atmosphere of mystery and intrigue.”

Co-owner Gaye Terry says the project has been supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

“Tours are run by the Goldfields Hotel and overnight accommodation is available for travellers at Finnigans Rest.”

The village of Forsayth is set among picturesque granite, volcanic and sandstone hills and ranges, and has a population of about 90 people.