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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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Loved it - better than expected

The Gaol is living history very well presented. I was impressed by how intact everything still is and how many artefacts remain.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Sydney
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Interesting to see an old gaol. A couple of the exhibits weren't working when we went there (the puppet's mouth was moving but no sound). We liked seeing what some of the cells would have been like including solitary confinement. We didn't like the video on hanging, so we avoided that area. It didn't take long to look at, and... More 

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Sydney
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32 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The Gaol is living history very well presented. I was impressed by how intact everything still is and how many artefacts remain.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

I have been to many old gaols and like the others, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Lots of good information presented and well laid out. Highly recommend for families as the show at 10am is quite interactive with the kids.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Exhibits well put together, nicely preserved, friendly staff. We did our fair share of screaming in the isolation chamber!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It is very informative and here you can learn heaps about Dubbo's history. It was very interesting and most of the buildings are still in very good condition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This was a great place to visit with kids. The employees acted out the roles of prisoner and warden really well. All visitors were really engaged by this. There were real case histories of past inmates and the kids got a real feel for the harshness of prison life. The watchtower was open after recently being restored. Many other parts... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Wasn't even aware of this little hole in the wall attraction until we were wandering off an awesome breakfast on Saturday. But, we were stoked to find this creepy little gem, a mark of the often dark history of Australia. Staff were helpful and well informed - Take your partner, take your kids, hell take Nanna, what a great little... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

They have managed to recreate what a Victorian era prison looks like and it does not fail to impress. This is part of our history and they also tell the story of some of its former inmates. This will appeal to all ages and even young children were fascinated by the facilities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a fantastic tour. Josh and mikala were great. They made the experience one to remember. We had quiet a lot of ghost activity on the emf readers. I was freaked out a little. But over all great tour. I highly recommend this tour.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

REally liked the Goal, it was also interesting how much our kids really liked it (7, 9, 11 yrs old) they were excited to grab us and tell us what they had found, read and learnt about the prisoners. Price was quite good and was an interesting afternoon activity.

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