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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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A must see if you have an hour or so up your sleeve. Great for all ages but be warned! The solitary confinement cells are more than a little spooky! A wonderful snapshot of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
CandT2012
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Singleton, New South Wales, Australia
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Singleton, New South Wales, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

A must see if you have an hour or so up your sleeve. Great for all ages but be warned! The solitary confinement cells are more than a little spooky! A wonderful snapshot of Dubbo and Gaol history. I was happy to see that the displays are to be updated but the stories provided and information in place are fantastic.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

This place is great! Right smack bang in the middle of town. i have a personal family history connection to this place, so i found it particularly eerie and amazing. the gaol is so well maintained and has amazing historical stories behind it ... A must see if you have time to drop in while at Dubbo.

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Darwin, Australia
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I only had only a very short time to visit the gaol in between doing business nearby. As a Dubbo local, entry was free. There were no guided tours on at the time but the man at reception was very attentive and helpful and provided a map of the gaol for me to find my way around. Visiting on a... More 

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Batemans Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

The old gaol was very interesting and fun. The watchtower was very interesting and it's good that you can walk in all the gaol cells and some of the fake prisoners talked to you. It only took about 1 hour to look through it.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Was disappointed when visiting Dubbo gaol recently. Many of the room were bare eg kitchen, cells and offered no atmosphere. Some rooms had cots & mannequins, but I felt a great deal more atmosphere could have been added.

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OldDubboGaol, Manager at Old Dubbo Gaol, responded to this review

Dear Trevor Thank you for your feedback. Old Dubbo Gaol is currently undergoing an upgrade to its displays. We recently completed the historical restoration and re-opening of the Watchtower, and are currently working on the heritage restoration of the Infirmary. We have completed restoring the fabric and paintwork, and before Easter we will have installed a new exhibition on the... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I really recommend a visit to Old Dubbo Gaol if you are out that way. I thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour, and of course wandering around afterward taking in all the stories of the place. Gaols have most certainly come a long way since those days, as have our laws. Imagine today if using foul language was prisonable, i think... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went there today spent a couple of hours there, chlidren liked it and found it very interesting and a little spooky at times .very lovely lady at the reception who answered all of our questions cool gifts too. Definitely worth a visit.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We had a couple of hours to kill so decided to visit the Gaol. It was more interesting than we expected, lots to read as you walk through the different areas of the gaol. We had a pleasant morning here. We took ourselves around the gaol as there weren't any tours at the time we arrived. The staff at at... More 

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Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

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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