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Old Dubbo Gaol

Address: 90 Macquarie Street, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6801 4460
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Ranked #4 of 18 Attractions in Dubbo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Old Dubbo Gaol is completely restored and home to a large display of animatronics and...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

A great way to understand what happened in Dubbo over a hundred years ago and really interesting displays. It's a great way to show friends and family visitors how things were in the old days, how punishment was delivered and what extents the law went through to bring law breakers to justice. It also shows the hardship and the way... More 

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Adelaide
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Took my little sister & my mum. We loved it! Lots of information, fun inclusions! They have an activity booklet for the kids (that my mother & I enjoyed more) & the prisoner/officer show was great & quite funny!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We visited the gaol with our 2 boys aged 8 and 9. They had the best time. They loved the gaol escape attempt. It is a must see when in Dubbo.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Excellent, great insight to olden days, a great way to spend a couple of hours, I can honestly say it's worth a visit and even the kids there were having great fun

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Emerald, Australia
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23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Easy to find in the centre of Dubbo although parking can be a little bit of challenge at times. One (1) hour limit to most parking close by and if visiting the Gaol around an hour would be plenty. We timed our visit for the 11am escape Tour and added a little bit more excitement to just reading the signage.

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Sydney, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Went to Old Dubbo Gaol, was fantastic, even the kids enjoyed it, really interesting and worth a couple of hours to have a nice stroll around

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Croydon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Right in the middle of the city, good access for wheelchair, a bit roungh at the entry (wooden cobblestones uneven) unable to get into the ticket/gift shop, ramp provided to get into main cell block.

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Brisbane
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We spent an hour at the gaol and it was very informative and entertaining. The guy who did the tour was knowledgeable on the history and added a great deal of humour. The day we visited it was 37 degrees and no wind - even 1 hour was enough to know I wouldn't want to be there longer.

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Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

To get the downside out of the way first; it's a bit hard to find. Having said that however, the rest of the review is all good. Enthusiasm abounds among the staff and volunteers and the gaol itself, while small, is full of information and history. You can chose to either explore the gaol yourself or enjoy the antics of... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

First attraction on our 2 week road-trip. Worth the visit and a stark reminder of what life was like for the early settlers. Don't think Elizabeth Fry ever visited the place !

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