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Fannie Bay Gaol

East Point Road, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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Ranked #23 of 43 Attractions in Darwin
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

A fabulous place to see more history. Amazing to find out about their last hanging and to see the gallows. It was free admission but a coin donation was requested where possible. Worth the effort. Hard to see the hardships the prisoners had.

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macksvillle
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

This is the only place in Australia that used a chapel as a gallows certainly worth a visit. Free admission but sometimes they have art exhibitions and you may have to pay for those

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Canberra, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Very interesting, we stumbled across this and were glad we did! Its a gold coin donation to enter and the proceeds go towards the upkeep of the place. We saw the original hanging quarters which was a little eery. We stopped off to see this on the way to the museum.

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HARLOW
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed our visit to the Goal. It takes around 1 1/2 hours to visit all the buildings and read all about them. We found it interesting. The cells, gallows, solitary and kitchens are still intact and it was incredible to see how thin the prisoners had to be to get into the cells (the doors were... More

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Sedbergh, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Probably not worth a visit on its own but it's free and it's on the way to the military museum so I'd do it as a combined trip. I had a bike and made a day of the NT museum and art gallery , followed by fanny bay gaol, followed by aeeing various WWII sites on east head, followed by... More

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Sydney Australia
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279 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Had heard of this Gaol decades ago and I think I was expecting a lot more then the reality. We still gave a $5 donation because the place does have a history that needs to be preserved but it lacked any real bite !! We basically had the place to ourselves even with the art exhibition being on for the... More

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Karratha, Australia
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33 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The minimum security wing shows how the NT punished criminals, and the old infirmary has a dark past.

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Port douglas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Interesting place to visit but it is self guided. There are maps available - ensure you have a hat or umbrella as there's no shade. No where to buy refreshments. but plenty of parking. Is a place to visit that is free.

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Melbourne, Australia
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29 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you are cruising along the coast line and you end up next to the gaol, then go in and have a look. You can get in all facilities and have a feel for how the prisoners lived back in those days. On the downside of it, i think it is missing some more information and something that will turn... More

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Darwin, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This place is worth a visit if you want to understand life as it was for prisoners in the past. Now open for tourists. It's hard to forget where prisoners got hanged. A very sad place. Sometimes prisoners managed to escape! Not a mainstream tourist destination, but part of Darwin's history for those interested.

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