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“Our history”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Old Dubbo Gaol

Old Dubbo Gaol
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Dubbo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Kiama, Australia
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Our history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

I didn't know about the dubbo gaol prior to our trip. What a great reminder of our past and how we became what we are today. We had a great day at the gaol, I recommend everyone go and check it out

Visited December 2013
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“Very informative historical adventure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

We attended with our 4 kids, 15,10 & twin 8 y.olds. Lots of information delivered in unique manner. Very life like presentations. Some talks were a bit long & they lost our 8 y.olds attention, but they definitely captured ours & our older children. Loved it!! Definitely worth visiting.

Visited December 2013
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Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Chilling experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Hear the stories of the murders hung in Dubbo and see what it was like in solitary confinement. On the lighter side catch the shows during school holidays.

Visited November 2013
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Newcastle
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good look back at jail history in Dubbo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

Interesting place. Full mapped out so you don't miss anything. The jail birds these days have luxury compared to the previous tenants of Dubbo Jail.
Some of the exhibitions weren't open.

Visited November 2013
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“Wow, look at how the prisoners have it now!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

It's hard to believe prisoners now think they are hard done by, or easier to see why they try to get into prison. Back in the days, it was definitely somewhere you didn't want to be, none of the luxuries they have today.

Visited November 2013
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