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Fannie Bay Gaol

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Address: East Point Road, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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What an eye opener.

Take the camera people you will regret it if you dont. What a huge amount of history and some of the crimes that people were imprisoned for are almost comical yet still... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Donna N
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Strathpine, Queensland, Australia
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Strathpine, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Take the camera people you will regret it if you dont. What a huge amount of history and some of the crimes that people were imprisoned for are almost comical yet still serious.Very eerie when you get to the gallows. A must see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Easy to find with plenty of parking. Very informative and can move at your own pace. Informative staff who are willing to help. Amazing to think the gaol was still open till the late 1970's. Just stick to the paths where possible. I walked over the grass and got so many midgee bites

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

You must do this tour. It is free, parking is easy. The history and what happened in this place makes you shudder and realise what terrible conditions that the prisoners had to live under compared to today. A very valuable tour to take and did I mention it is FREE ENTRY. Come and learn about the history of Darwin -... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

it was an eye opener full of history admission is donation small compound really enjoyed our visit they lived in pretty primitive conditions

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

As far as Darwin city attractions go this is great. Lots of early Australia history here and some well preserved. Plaques, posters and photos make for interesting reading. I must of spent over 2hours walking around and its not a huge complex. Could do with a bit of help and TLC here and there though, a few areas were a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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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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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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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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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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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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