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Old Dubbo Gaol

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Address: 90 Macquarie Street, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6801 4460
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Description: The Old Dubbo Gaol is completely restored and home to a large display of...
The Old Dubbo Gaol is completely restored and home to a large display of animatronics and holographic displays which provide a realistic and fascinating insight into a bygone era of barbaric prison life. Wandering around this unique collection of 19th century buildings and artefacts, learning the stories of prison life, and spending a moment in the pitch black of the solitary confinement cell, will be certain to send a chill up your spine.
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Interesting piece of Australian history!

I really enjoyed visiting the gaol. The staff were friendly and quick to help or answer any questions about the gaol. The grounds were very well maintained and you could get a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed visiting the gaol. The staff were friendly and quick to help or answer any questions about the gaol. The grounds were very well maintained and you could get a good feel of how things would have been when the gaol was in use. I took my time and read all the information available. The information and displays... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We visited on a clear spring day. The tour of the Dubbo Gaol includes a small play or enactment of prisoners from the past. For small children, this is brilliant and encourages participation. In a very subtle way there is a message - not to lie or deceive or you may end up in the clink! Yes there is a... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Old Dubbo Goal is one of Dubbo's best things to experience. The solitary with no light and no sound is quite an experience! Even a minute in there seems a long time. Very interesting to see how prisoners were treated and it's great that this goal has been preserved for future generations to experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Brillant, brillant, brillant well worth the entry fee. So very entertaining and interesting for the who family

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

Although not a big gaol, it is full if interesting facts. The hangmans moose is still there and my kids were interested on why it was used and the crimes committed. Outside toilets for the inmates to use where there is no privacy was a talking point. The old jail cells are still there with markings on the walls from... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Family night tour was good, but a little rushed. However the night tour ticket did include day entry so we could go back the next day to read some exhibits etc that we missed. Worth a look.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Great atmosphere and well preserved part of Australia's past. Fascinating little vignettes and scenes and case studies. Highly recommended.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Greatly enjoyed the gaol. It was so interesting to see. However, I think it was a little too pricey. $16.50, and most people would be in and out in under an hour (depending on your interest in reading).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had some time before our train so we took our kids to Dubbo Goal.Make saw you time it to see the performances.Every child and adult had a smile on their faces. The main actor/guide did an amazing job of capturing the children's interest and presenting information in a fun way which engaged the children.His ability to respond to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

My husband and I took 3 of our grandchildren to have a look over the gaol in the hope that they could have a better understanding of what things were like back in those times. The children were impressed by the information and shuddered at the sight of the gallows. The staff were pleasant and informative, and I was pleased... More 

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Additional Information about Old Dubbo Gaol

Address: 90 Macquarie Street, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6801 4460
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Dubbo
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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