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Old Dubbo Gaol

90 Macquarie Street, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
+61 2 6801 4460
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Ranked #5 of 16 Attractions in Dubbo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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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Redcliffe, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

We were met by friendly volunteers who gave us a run down of the gaol. We then proceeded to a do a leisurely walk through ourselves without the guide. It was a unique experience and one I would recommend to others. It may not be to young children's taste but the characters and the audio would interest them. I know... More 

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This Gaol was very interesting indeed. It is in the heart of Dubbo and was very clean and easy to get around. You can walk it yourself with the help of an A4 sheet showing you where to start.

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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

There is not really much to do in Dubbo, but the goal is something worth visiting. It's a bit expensive, but the money goes to preserving the site and the volunteer guide we had was certainly enthusiastic - our kids enjoyed his show.

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Albany, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Our visit was spoilt by children running amuck yelling and screaming, we couldn't hear the audio, some kids were vandalising the soap dispenser, turning taps on full and leave them on, more than one family, parents couldn't give a hoot, should restrict the entry age to 12 and over.

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

Thank you for your comments, Old Dubbo Gaol sincerely apologises that your experience was spoilt. All persons under the age of 18 must be under constant adult supervision; this is specified on signage at the entrance and on the self guided tour map. We do try to verbally inform supervising adults of rowdy children of their responsibilities while within our... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Interesting place to visit, it's a self guided tour. My daughter was creeped out by the execution room even though she didn't know that that's what it was

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Saddly there were renovations taking place,and with OH&S WE COULD NOT GO UP THE 13 STEPS.That is to the Hangmans Noose area.IT WAS 1987 the last time i was there with my children.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

It was great walking around and reading about who was there and the conditions they lived in. They have done well with the displays.

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Rockhampton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Definitely worth a look or two. take your time and soak in the atmosphere and knowledge of the place. the solitary room was absolutely blackly suffocating.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

An uneasy feeling came over me as I walked around the place. Unbelievable how the prisoners were treated in those times. I am glad I saw it though. It made me realize how lucky we are to live in the present.

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Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We visited the Old Dubbo Gaol in November 2014, very very interesting, we did the self guided tour, spent about an hour walking the grounds and looking at everything. If you're ever in Dubbo, definitely take a look at the place!!

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