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Old Dubbo Gaol

90 Macquarie St, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
+61 2 6801 4460
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Very enlightening

This was really a call to reality for me as I did not realise past punishment was so severe and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jean M
Kalbar, Australia
A good piece of history

With time to spare, we visited Old Dubbo Goal located in the Main Street. The customer service was... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rotorua, New Zealand
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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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  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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90 Macquarie St, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
+61 2 6801 4460
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was really a call to reality for me as I did not realise past punishment was so severe and conditions so poor. The display was well done and the commentary finished the total picture. An enlightening couple of hours.

Thank Jean M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

With time to spare, we visited Old Dubbo Goal located in the Main Street. The customer service was great to begin with. As we walked through the goal, it was very interactive. Mannequin's were in the cells and told stories which was a bit creepy...More

Thank sascanlan191
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This should definitely be one of the must do activities whilst in Dubbo. A well maintained historically significant building that enables you to relate back to harsh but some what barbaric times that in reality was no that long ago that the gaol stop operating...More

Thank markmW8037NB
Reviewed 6 days ago

A really good way to fill in an hour and a half in Dubbo, obviously second on the list to the Zoo, but a really worthwhile visit, both our kids loved learning about the Jail

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We headed to Dubbo primarily for the zoo over the school holidays. After a pit stop for lunch we came across Dubbo gaol and it was an amazing experience. It is a really well maintained heritage listed gaol that operated from 1847 to 1966. In...More

Thank bensgirlSydney
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a great morning here, very interesting facts about life behind bars in the past.Highly recommended for a visit

Thank Marina d
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd visited Dubbo Gaol as a kid and it was wonderful to bring my own children to experience it. The 'costumed characters' event was a real treat, really engaging and taking the 'museum'-like experience to a new level for the littlies. The mannequins and voice-overs...More

Thank emskyb0p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a little difficult to find parking as it is located in the main street and parking is only for an hour. very interesting look back in time.

Thank lee-j1374
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great morning here. Two hours is enough to see everything allowing time for other activities. Our kids enjoyed the skit by the traditionally dressed actors.

Thank E5891
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the nighttime tour of the gaol. The kids had a great time experiencing what life was like in the gaol. The "crew" at the gaol were very entertaining. An excellent adventure for all the family. Highly recommended

Thank Colin K
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16 January 2017|
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Response from OldDubboGaol | Property representative |
The 'Beyond the Grave' Tour runs during school holidays (usually Monday, Wed & Friday) so we won't have any operating during February. However, if you have a group of 10 people or more we can arrange a special group 'Beyond... More
Angela W
20 July 2015|
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Response from OldDubboGaol | Property representative |
Hi Angela We usually recommend an hour to go through the site. This is the average time it takes, some people take 45 minutes and others can take up to two hours, it really depends on the person visiting. Once you have... More