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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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A wonderful and interesting piece of hisorty

We visited with our two young children and we all found this little piece of history very interesting. We weren't disappointed. The kids loved walking through the goal and other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited with our two young children and we all found this little piece of history very interesting. We weren't disappointed. The kids loved walking through the goal and other displays, learning new snippets of our history. Well presented and informative. Highly recommended if passing through Dubbo

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

By not knowing much about the goal, you walk away with so much learnt. The kids loved learning about the goals history

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Thank Rachel H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a weekend in dubbo and wanted to see as much as possible. The Dubbo Gaol was great. The tour was fantastic and the information was well presented. We both bought a little gift from the shop. Would highly recommend

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Wollongong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Last minute trip to Dubbo and mainly for the Zoo. The gaol visit was SO MUCH BETTER than the zoo. My daughters loved it for different reasons. 12 year old loved the history and authenticity of everything. 6 year old loved 'catching the prisoners escape!' Spent hours reading the history and watching the short history 'movie'. Highly recommend stopping at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really interesting local history. Well maintained. The entry price was a little high though. Good for an hour or two

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the twilight tour for two families and our group included three 5 year old children. We weren’t expecting the tour to include actors who didn’t break character and the kids were initially a little scared of the prison guard. During the tour a lot of the time is spent outdoors so dress warmly as the night time temps... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in the town centre make a visit to the Old Dubbo Goal. It is located among the shops. The goal is a small area but it was very interesting to see how prisoners live their lifes so long ago. A bit eerie for me but I enjoyed the visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was a great visit and the history was fantastic. Was a real eye opener for us and the kids to see what people got punished for and how they were punished.

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Thank Tony3136
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved it, it was a cold morning but it was worth it. History told in a funny way, children enjoyed so much. Recommended !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best attractions I have been to, very authentic, informative, poignant, entertaining and sad at the same time when you gain an insight into the life of a prisoner in those times. Highly recommended

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