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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: Old Dubbo Gaol is a state heritage listed must see. This remarkably...
Old Dubbo Gaol is a state heritage listed must see. This remarkably complete and intact gaol operated for 119 years from 1847 to 1966 and is still nestled in the main street of Dubbo. This set of 19th and 20th century gaol buildings create a pocket in time, and the experiences within brings history to life. This regional gaol is representative of powerful, surprising and dark moments in Australian prison history. We house important collections such as the hangman's kit and gallows, and unforgettable experiences such as the dark cells and the bird's-eye view from the watchtower. With guided tours, night tours, and theatrical experiences on offer, the Old Dubbo Gaol is a rare piece of history open to explore.
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Full of history

Great tours available or walk & check out this interesting place on your own. Worth a visit which will take around 45mins then head off to one of the many cafes available in Dubbo.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Liverpool, Australia
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Liverpool, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great tours available or walk & check out this interesting place on your own. Worth a visit which will take around 45mins then head off to one of the many cafes available in Dubbo.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Well presented ! Doing some renovations so we given 10% discount! Worth a visit to see how awful we treated other human beings!!

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Nyngan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Really historical in here, with some humor added too, very informative, great prices and nice front of house staff. Highly recommended.

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Dubbo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Loved seeing the exhibits here at the old Gaol and also listening to the voices, made you think you were there with the inmates.

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Gosford, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is an interesting place to visit, very well done with commentary from 'the prisoners'. Very informative and reasonably priced.

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Mudgee, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I took my kids to Dubbo Gaol and we all had a ball. We followed the Self Tour and the kids enjoyed going the the cells and trying the stocks etc. I would highly recommend the gaol to anyone wanting an interesting visit while in Dubbo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We looked at the Dubbo Gaol while visiting Dubbo and found a worthwhile visit there. Tried to imagine how life would be staying and living day to day at the gaol back in those days, a hard life. You know the old saying, you do the crime you do the time. Recommend when in Dubbo to visit the Dubbo Gaol... More 

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Dubbo, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very interesting a great experience. Very informative, a must do while in Dubbo. Well restored and very helpful staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The Old Dubbo Gaol is well worth a visit. The ticket gives you an all day, come and go, access to the gaol site. This is a very well setup and interesting site to visit. There are a lot of audio presentations throughout the site. Give yourself half a day for the visit

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Maffra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Reasonable entry fee, lots of information & stories. Maybe a little scared for young children when discussing the hangings. Need at least an hour.

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