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Old Dubbo Gaol

90 Macquarie Street, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
(02) 6801 4460
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Dubbo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Cambridge, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We went to the Old Dubbo Jail about 4 pm, with just an hour til they closed. It is very well done, with voice activated 'prisoners' in some of the cells. It showed very clearly the terrible conditions and treatment of prisoners during the term of the use of the jail - cold, spartan, and brutal. The reason I mentioned... More

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Singleton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great way to spend 1 1/2 kids enjoyed it. Disappointed that some activities only for nsw public school holidays.

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We found a number of the interactive exhibits weren't working. Some of the exhibits were not suitable for our young boys. (aged 5 and 18months) so we skipped past them. A bit over priced for the quality of the exhibits.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We visited the Old Dubbo Gaol with family & friends. We enjoyed the interactive show with Tilly the convict & the warden. Our children were in hysterics when they were included (picked on) by Tilly aka convict & the warden. We stayed for the guided tour as well and learnt the history. Highly recommended.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The condition of the goal. The stories of the prisoners, which were told via plaques and animated robots. The 15 minute play put on by staff, about a mischievous prisoner named Tilly and a prison guard.

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Port Stephens, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Accessible from the main street in Dubbo the gaol is a great way to spend an hour or two. The movie/diorama is interesting as is the hangman kit on display. Being able to spend time in the cells was a highlight for the children. Very educational and interesting. The minimal entry fee makes the gaol accessible to everyone. A worthwhile... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The condition of the gaol is great. On top of that the information around the gaol was very informative and a few of the stories and facts will leave you with a tingle in your spine. great place for people who love history

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Loved the place, but the solitary confinement room was light less and black, when I went in I walked into the wall and nearly knocked myself out. Also think $15 is a bit steep as an entry fee, but still alot of fun anyway

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Penrith, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The last time I went to Old Dubbo Goal was over 25 years ago, thinking it wouldn't have changed all that much wasn't going to visit it this time, however, as I was driving past was able to get a parking spot very close by and decided to pop in. Well! it had changed and was glad that I went... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I have been to Dubbo Gaol many years ago. My daughter and I decided to visit it whilst in town to see the Zoo. It hasn't changed a great deal from last time we went but in saying that, that is a good thing. The grounds and buildings are in good repair and the exhibits interesting. A must see when... More

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