Jeff Whittington hosts the historical lantern tours of Royal Park
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The 2020 season tours have been postponed.

We would like to thank all those who have supported these tours since our very first back in 2011. These people now have a greater understanding of the wonderful history of the Royal Park Campus.

About the tour

The infamous RMH historical lantern tours have returned for their tenth season and run from April until September at the Royal Park Campus.

Join RMH history buffs and story-teller-extraordinaire Jeff Whittington (pictured) from 7—9pm for a stroll through history. During these tours Jeff is known as ‘The Governor’

‘The Governor’ will don his frock coat, vest, top hat, and fob chain, taking people on a tour of the grounds and heritage listed buildings and sharing fascinating stories from the past.

‘The Governor’ will also be assisted by other volunteer actors such as, ‘Dr Stone’, ‘The Inspector’, ‘Fannie Adams’, ‘The Matron’, and ‘The Lady Superintendent’. We also have several other volunteers who work in the ‘back ground’’. Expect the unexpected!

If you are looking for a night of excitement, these lantern tours are a must.

Photos from the tours

See our photos from previous lantern tours.

Do I need to arrive before the tour or at the time listed on my ticket?

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour leaves (i.e. 15 minutes before the time printed on your ticket) and visit our main reception desk.

What do I need to bring?

All participants must wear closed-toe walking shoes. Entry may be refused if footwear is not appropriate. Please wear sensible clothing for weather.

Bring your ticket to confirm you have paid to come to the event.


Tours are currently postponed for the 2020 season. Anyone who has booked tickets for 2020 will be notified and refunded.

Here's a sample of the comments from Jeff's tours:


“Great fun! Very informative and humorous, with the right amount of history and spookiness.”

“Amazing and informative. Thanks for a great evening.”

"Just like to say how much I enjoyed the tour tonight. It was so much more than I’d expected. Your Historical Lantern Tour volunteers really brought early Melbourne to life for me and had me thinking about the challenges faced by many of my ancestors who came out to Australia in the 1840’s and 1850’s. Thanks again for an informative and fun night out."

"Simply brilliant! Fact, fiction and comedy combined with finesse. Thanks to all involved."

"Thank you for a fantastic tour and history lesson."


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Meeting point is The Royal Melbourne Hospital - Royal Park Campus - 34-54 Poplar Road, Parkville 3052. Enter via gate 1 then proceed to, main reception of the Robert Campbell Wing - Building 17, opposite the main car park.

Parking is free for all those attending the tour.


  • Unfortunately we will not wait for anyone who is running late, the tour will commence at 7pm sharp
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult who shall be solely responsible for their care and conduct whilst on site
  • Tours are never cancelled because of rain, just bring an umbrella
  • Alcohol is not permitted on any tours. Visitors who are under the influence of alcohol will be asked to leave the site
  • We're smoke free - no smoking is allowed on hospital grounds
  • By booking a ticket and attending this tour you agree that you may recorded or photographed and you give full permission to be involved in media and promotional activities that may occur as a result. You agree that copyright will rest with the management of Melbourne Health or a third party and that there will be no charge for taking part in media / promotional activity