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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
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I visited the Old Dubbo Goal in December 2008 with my son. I enjoyed the 3 house we spent there and seeing the way that prisoners were treated during the time the goal was open. A great way to see some history and appreciate how lucky we are.

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Lithgow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A rather great trip back in time,well presented and some what eerie,don't come to Dubbo and not have a look.

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Dubbo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

How lucky we are to have this very important tourist attraction in our city. I have visited this attraction many times and am proud to have played some part in its development. This is Dubbo's history at its best.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Our family of six, including four kids aged 9, 7, 5 and 3, visited the gaol recently on our holiday. The kids were spooked by the "prisoners" in the cells and they giggled in nervous excitement as we made our way through the cell block. The solitary room was dark and provoked intense feelings. The rest of the gaol was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We have visited many such jails. The Dubbo although small is intact. You are able to experience quite well how prisoners of the 19th century were treated. There is a hologram experience which is well worth viewing. Being a small jail is an advantage as it can be experienced without excessive walking. The welcoming attendant was brilliant, full of enthusiasm... More

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