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Fannie Bay Gaol

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Address: East Point Road, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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The info provided and the condition of the gaol are pretty basic, but it's worth a look. Hard not to be affected by the gallows, the old stone cell block with small doorways and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The info provided and the condition of the gaol are pretty basic, but it's worth a look. Hard not to be affected by the gallows, the old stone cell block with small doorways and heavy doors. My beloved thought it would be fun to say "boo" when I tentatively entered a cell. I was less than impressed.

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Lismore, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to Fannie Bay gaol, found it very interesting, give yourself plenty of time to read the information boards throughout the gaol. If I were to say it had one fault it is that it isn't very well signposted. There are signs right at the front gate, but nothing along the side, so we actually drove past... More 

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Wyong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This was a very interesting place to spend some time. Its hard to believe that this is the way it was back in the day. It was eerie where the men were hanged. Very primitive place.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Hard to believe it closed as a gaol only in 1979 or thereabouts. Very primitive and thought provoking. The overall display needs a fair bit more of volunteer work to make a better impact.

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Torquay, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Whilst the main story exhibits are a little faded by the Darwin sun, the long history and story of the last two men hung in the Goal was interesting. The Goal has been rebuilt since cyclone Tracey and, being in the tropics, is quite different to other old Goals made of blue stone and brick. The exhibit telling the story... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Think about what life was like way back then. Look at the cells and imagine being cooped up there for years. Look at the galows and listen to the guide tell of the last man hung there. For those into computer games and instant gratification it is Ho-hum. For those with at least half a brain and a spark of... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Take the time to read the history of this place on the back of the front fence before you start your tour and you will get so much more out of your visit. This is a small facility with an interesting history. Walking around and through the buildings provides a great history lesson. Definitely worth a visit ... no crowds... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Although we only had a short time to visit it was certainly worthwhile. Catch a normal Darwin bus for $3 for 3 hours and drop off and pick up are right outside. The gallows and cell blocks as well as other dwellings definitely worth seeing and very informative.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Gaol tour is self paced/ guided. There are plenty of informative boards at each scenic item that are easy to follow. Admission is via 'donation'. I was with our kids (10yrs & 12yrs) - both enjoyed it and remained interested. It is 'very hot' at the Gaol, but there is a vending machine & cold water tap which great... More 

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Varsity Lakes, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Great place to visit but it was quite creepy seeing what the conditions they had to live in.Very creepy the cells are very small and watched.I'd hate to be a prisoner!

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Address: East Point Road, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Darwin

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