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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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Thrilling night tour

My friends and I did a night tour of the gaol. This was awesome. Gave plenty of information into the background of the gaol as well of providing ample opportunity to scare the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Dubbo, Australia
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Dubbo, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

My friends and I did a night tour of the gaol. This was awesome. Gave plenty of information into the background of the gaol as well of providing ample opportunity to scare the hell out of each other. Well worth the charge for a great night especially if people love searching for ghosts.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This was a most interesting visit , there were things we did not know, the walk around was an eye opener and very interesting

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Forster, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is a good place to visit if you have an hour to spare in Dubbo. Lots of interesting facts and things to read. Being a little bit hearing impaired I found the audio parts a bit hard to understand, especially when another person started another up in another room. This mainly relates to the male prison section. I think... More 

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Loftus, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

i have to say, I was expecting more. Positives: * Easy to find, located in the middle of the main Street of Dubbo. * The buildings and grounds are well preserved and cared for. * Some interesting artefacts around the place. * Good artefacts, furnishings and information in many of the cells. Negative: * The educational elements such as the... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback Old Dubbo Gaol is currently in the process of upgrading our displays; you probably saw the new Hospital and Watchtower displays during your visit. The mannequins are the next display item to receive an upgrade, keeping in mind that there is a lot of planning and process that goes into creating new displays. With these... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This is a fantastic place. It is very well maintained and value for money. The holograph commentary in the little theatre is well worth spending time on- its excellent. Very well done.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

A very historical and well preserved jail. Great educational content. We did the self guided tour and spent a few hours finding out about the past.

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Morisset, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The Old Dubbo Gaol was an opportunity to gain an insight into prison life in the past. The display and informative plaques were very helpful. Fortunately, we were let out again on good behaviour.

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Rockhampton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Well worth the time & entry fee to see & realise the cruel conditions these prisoners were housed under & how cruelly they were treated. We went through a prison at Ross in Tasmania, quite a few years ago, & the convicts & prisoners there were treated very badly also. We wouldn't treat an animal the way some of these... More 

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Penrith, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

loved the holographic show! animated figures talk about their crimes and there are stories told by 'inmates' through hidden speakers. Overall, definitely worth a visit and immerse yourself in the hard life and times of early prisoners!

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The gaol has lots of really interesting displays, is really spooky and inspires the imagination. We really loved the amusing "attempted escape" show for the kids.

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