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Address: East Point Road, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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Love Old Gaols!

Love them even more when there's no entry fee! The only problem with this place is the nesting plovers down the back - nasty little swoopers...

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Karen L
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Redland Bay, Queensland, Australia
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Kiama, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My info is briefer than normal on account the PLACE WAS CLOSED when I showed up on a nice November Tuesday morning around 10.30 am. Turns out there is limited opening times in low season, something my expensive guide-book and even the joint’s own website don’t mention – for the record we are looking at WED and SAT only between... More 

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Redland Bay, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love them even more when there's no entry fee! The only problem with this place is the nesting plovers down the back - nasty little swoopers...

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Thank Karen L
Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A couple of kilometres from the city, entry to this old gaol is free. There were three of us there. My wife, me and someone presumably on security duty in the office, but you’re on your own rambling around the site. There are some signs and displays but no handout maps or brochures. It’s got toilets, a water fountain and... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

This gaol has a "cyclone room". You can feel what it was like to go through Cyclone Trace in 1974' it is very realistic and a great commentary. Although small the goal is quite interesting.

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Thank cmbf1953
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

What a walk back in time! A very hot and humid day in Darwin but it didn't stop us enjoying what this attraction has to offer.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Like all gaols, they tell their own story. Inmates incarcerated for minor - major dealings. I could only imagine how difficult it would have been without air-conditioning, however the tin huts were better ventilated than brick buildings. Definitely an interesting place to visit.

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Sevenoaks District, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

This gives a good insight into the conditions which inmates would have experienced. The better ventilation of the metal huts makes them more comfortable that the stone buildings. Videos explain a lot about how people came to be inside.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

It was difficult to avoid the swoops of a pair of plovers that were nesting in order to reach the cells of the old prison. A bit hair-raising! Once inside we looked at what had been Darwin's gaol, with its intimidating gallows pit. The heat of the cells would have been terrible. Stories of the exploits of various villains told... More 

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Bunbury, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Such a sad piece of history but also very interesting, our guide was from Tour Tub and his name was Daniel, Dan was great to listen to about the jail and it's history.

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Thank Joy H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

We popped in to just check it out.... and there was no admission charge (whuch is rather rare these days) Found it rather interesting part of recent history... last hanging here was in 1952. The gallows were a little eerie. Not necessarily a 'must see' but if youve got a spare 45 minutes.... do it!

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