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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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Old Dubbo Gaol is a state heritage listed must see. This remarkably...

Old Dubbo Gaol is a state heritage listed must see. This remarkably complete and intact gaol operated for 119 years from 1847 to 1966 and is still nestled in the main street of Dubbo. This set of 19th and 20th century gaol buildings create a pocket in time, and the experiences within brings history to life. This regional gaol is representative of powerful, surprising and dark moments in Australian prison history. We house important collections such as the hangman's kit and gallows, and unforgettable experiences such as the dark cells and the bird's-eye view from the watchtower. With guided tours, night tours, and theatrical experiences on offer, the Old Dubbo Gaol is a rare piece of history open to explore.

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Gaol was awesome

It is like going back in time as you walk through the big gates, they have lots of dummies around the gaol some have recordings to explaine what it was like or what they did to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lisa L
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quaint establishment with a fascinating and extensive history. One of the best historic gaol's we've been to. The staff are friendly and is a relatively cheap place to visit. Self guided tours and interactive activities made it an interesting afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is like going back in time as you walk through the big gates, they have lots of dummies around the gaol some have recordings to explaine what it was like or what they did to get in there, there are other exhibits that move and talk. Our kids loved it. I like things where I can step back in... More 

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Thank Lisa L
Dubbo, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good establishment with a fascinating history. One of the best open gaol's I've seen. The staff are friendly and is a relatively cheap place to visit.

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Thank Alec S
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived a tad too late for a guided tour, so we chose to do a self-guided tour instead. Surprisingly enough, we learnt heaps of information from the brochure they provided and the plaques in each room! It was really fun to navigate through the Gaol at our own pace, and to listen to the voice-overs in the cells. It's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a hard life are in this goal. There are many interesting exhibits and a lot of information on the many prisoners who were held here. It is a 'explore at your leisure' kind of place. It's probably suited to a mature audience. There are no 'side shows' but there are mannequins depicting some of the previous inhabitants with... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here with 4 kids aged 5-9 years. They absolutely loved it (so did the adults). The tour was a highlight and my son especially thought the tour guide was hilarious. It provides a good over view of the history of the Gaol and also the local area. The entry prices were quite reasonable as well. Make sure you... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got there at 10am in time for the 'show' which was 2 employees acting as guard and prisoner in costume. They did a great job involving the audience and being informative at the same time. This went for about 25mins, we then had a good look around the gaol before the guided tour started at 11am. Again the guide... More 

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Thank Melita R
Dubbo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A fun time for all ages! There is something interesting for everyone. Visitors are provided with a live commentary by staff dressed in period costume. There is some visitor participation for anyone who wishes to partake, for a few laughs. The buildings are fascinating and designed to take youback to 'the olden days'. Well worth a visit!

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I knew the gaol was around but didn't realise that it was right in the centre of town so easy to park. The experience started even before we went through the gates, there was an escaped convict. They put on a great show and just glad that it was on while we were there as that is what took it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best part was, well, I liked all, but still liked the hologram movie. Going into the male division, the kids were holding hands, nothing scary but, •solitary confinement And the voice overs. Definitely a place to remember. Would recommend taking the whole family or a school group for an educational adventure.

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