There is a ghostly road that many drivers would prefer not to travel.
On it, windscreen wipers suddenly stop working, cars lock and unlock themselves, radios switch off, or ramp up unexpectedly… and ghoulish apparitions reportedly appear under cover of darkness.
The stretch is Wakehurst Parkway, a winding road that connects Seaforth to Narrabeen in New South Wales. It’s not far from Sydney – but a little off the beaten track. Crashes are not infrequent. It has a murderous past.
There have been countless unexplained supernatural occurrences on Wakehurst Parkway. Drivers say a pedestrian crossing, at Oxford Falls, is where the green man flashes repeatedly at 3am.
Spookier still are two ‘ghostly’ women who arrive along the highway at night, the Australian Daily Telegraph writes. One is older, one younger, and both ‘terrify’ motorists as they appear in the rear view mirror.
According to local legend, the elder of the two is a Scottish nun who died on the road 50 years ago. The other is a young lady named Kelly, who was killed in tragic circumstances in the 1970s. She’s said to be a slain hitchhiker who was trapped on the back seat.
Psychic medium Mary Loughland says that if you don’t tell Kelly to leave your vehicle, she’ll run you off the road. Mary says she’s seen Kelly numerous times.
“The first time I took the road was about six years ago,” Kelly explains. “It was about 2am, and I had the feeling of someone touching the back of my neck. It felt like a cool hand would on a cold day.
“She is like a white, veiled apparition of a girl in the back seat. My daughter Ellie used to drive down the road on her way back from work at Chatswood RSL. She has seen Kelly as well as an older woman in her car, who could be the nun.”
Mary says she thinks most hauntings happens in places where tragic deaths have taken place. She doesn’t think Kelly is an evil presence – but is a traumatised one. She just wants a ride home.
It’s not just Mary who believes in the harrowing tales of Wakehurst Parkway. Samantha Fisher, 22, from Bilgola Plateau, says her mother Sherryll blacked out without reason while driving there in 1998.
Samantha tells the DT : “She blacked out coming up to a turn, she remembers feeling the accident happening however couldn’t move or see, but could hear and feel it.
“I was three years old and I slept through the whole thing, the car went up one of the sides of the rock faces and once at the top the car tipped off the side and smashed down on the road. Mum had a broken back but recovered fully after three months of no movement, and I had no injuries.”
There’s even been a movie made about Wakehurst Parkway. Filmmaker Bianca Biasi made The Parkway Hauntings in 2015. She said filming in Deep Creek Reserve, a place believed to have been a murderous spot popular with dumping dead bodies in the past, was “terrifying”.
“It was freaky,” says Biana. “We had a psychic medium with us and she described in detail that someone had been murdered there. All of a sudden the actors started behaving strangely. A couple started throwing up and we considered hospitalising one because it was so hard to calm her down.
“Something instinctively told me to get them out of there – it was eerie. I’ve been to a lot of haunted places and there is something very eerie about that place. There is definitely darkness there.”
There are many other gruesome and harrowing stories from the area. Grisly murders have taken place there, and in the past, it was supposedly a patch known for hitchhikers and highwaymen.