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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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Sedbergh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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265 attraction reviews
259 helpful votes 259 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

i found it ok and would probably recommend it, but you only need to see it once and it wont take long.

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Senior Contributor
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20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We found this a very interesting visit however it is in great need of improvement in the information displays. Must have been a bleak place for those incarcerated there

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Gosford, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

So much more could be done with the place, if they only charged a little more money to get in. Needs upkeep and more information.

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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

great to wander around at your own pace and see the remains of the buildings.…signs to tell you a bit about the place made it very interesting...

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