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  • Why are tourists taking the time to visit graveyards?
  • Why are tourists taking the time to visit graveyards?
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Melbourne General Cemetery: a morbid tourist attraction

Amid rising global interest in dark tourism, historic graveyards across Australia are being transformed from underutilised public spaces to travel hotspots. Offering theatrical night-time tours that double as history lessons, Melbourne General Cemetery is making death a less taboo topic.

Location Oceania

Scope
Cemeteries typically maintain a sombre ambience as the deceased are laid to rest by those in mourning and visitors pay their quiet respects to departed loved ones. At Melbourne General Cemetery (MGC), however, nightfall sees the historic graveyard transform into a tourist hotspot where people dress up in ghoulish outfits and confront the prospect of death.

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