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Fannie Bay Gaol

Address: East Point Road, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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Ranked #22 of 52 Attractions in Darwin
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Sydney, Australia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Although no longer in use the gail is an unpleasant reminder for those having been interned. The cells of course are now bare and empty but the historical value is very good and well worth a visit at any time.

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Perth, Australia
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186 reviews 186 reviews
106 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This place is spooky so don't go it alone. I stupidly did. Entry is by gold coin donation, and there is parking out the front, that isn't paid for. It's also not far from a couple of bus stops, but it's a decent and very hot walk from the bus stops to get to this place. Historically, the place is... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Watch out for the nesting plovers. They were dive bombing people who strayed from the path. It was HOT DRY and gave a great feel as to how it was to be incarsorated in this climate. Overweight people just AINT! getting into those cells as the doors were only 45 cm wide! NOt really a lot to see.A little faded... More 

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Sydney
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163 reviews 163 reviews
60 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Worth a visit. No cost to enter. A little bit of history. So worth going for 1 hour. Not much shade. So wear a hat + sunscreen. Easy place to travel to. On the main road.

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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We visited the Gaol and were really surprised in the way these prisoners lived. You can only imagine the terrible conditions during the top end wet season. We had a really good look around and it was fantastic to learn of the history of this particular Gaol. Recommended

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Darwin, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I enjoyed reading the history of the gaol. The conditions would have been very hard especially in the build up.

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Darwin, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The old Gaol tour must be done if in Darwin. Steeped in History it is mainly untouched and you get a real feel for some of the things that must have gone on within these walls. Gold coin entry but tip generously as it would be a shame to see this site removed from public view.

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Sydney, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Interesting place not that big and it's good to get entry for free ! But I would recommend you go in the arvo when it's not as hot !

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Chester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Perhaps a bit morbid, but it was really interesting to have a wander round here and experience the cells and the different areas of the gaol. Particularly enjoyed the hanging area (so very morbid yes!) and the fact could get so hands-on with exhibits and even sit on the prisoners' beds! Donation entry so very good value and well worth... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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109 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This old gaol of fannie bay, a lot of the buildings are still the same as the once were minus a few areas that disappeared with cyclone tracy, a lot of history around the gaol as well, recommened,

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