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Old Dubbo Gaol

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90 Macquarie St, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
+61 2 6801 4460
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Nice displays, making stories come alive

Well maintained and clean facility. Displays had engaging stories and explanations. Interesting... read more

Reviewed today
Bidorian
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Sydney, Australia
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too expensive for a young family

it was definitely interesting but when you are a family of 5, it is quite costly to get in and look... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Maureen K
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North Sydney, Australia
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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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90 Macquarie St, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
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Reviewed today via mobile

Well maintained and clean facility. Displays had engaging stories and explanations. Interesting history. We didn’t have time for the character sessions and escape stories, though, which was a shame. A little bit pricey for the size of the place, $17.50 Per adult and $41 for...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

it was definitely interesting but when you are a family of 5, it is quite costly to get in and look around which is a shame. Please lower your prices and make it affordable for kids to learn about our history.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Good for an hour or so. We went with an 8 year old and a 12 year old. We all found it interesting and a little scary for the kids, the dummies in the cells. If you're in Dubbo, definitely leave aside a little time...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

A very educational yet fun to visit for the entire family. Our little kids enjoyed it as much we did. It is also very convenient destination to visit as it is in the heart of Dubbo. The staff were very inviting and friendly, the performances...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Took our 9 year old and somewhat active 4 year old to the gaol, only to find our 9 year old decided she's scared of the dummies in the room, and our 4 year old decided to behave, well, like a 4 year old. So...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not much else happening in Dubbo on Easter Sunday so we popped in the Old Gaol. Very thought provoking place showing how tough conditions were for inmates. The signage is very informative, the buildings retained in all their historic glory. The audio tracks & animatronics...More

Thank Kieran B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a surprising little gaol in the middle of town! We spent a few hours here exploring and reading. We watched an entertaing live little show featuring Tilly and the Commandant. We live historical gaols etc.. right up our ally. Is a Must Do in...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Goal is something to see if in Dubbo. I had 2 kids under 6 so they were not that interested in reading the information provided but what I did read was interesting. They have done a great job to make the cells look real...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot to tour and like a smaller version of Melbourne Goal. Our 5yo did get spooked by realistic dummys but goes to show that their realistic. Great informative and interesting tour.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit - plenty to see in a small area. Apart from the buildings (cells, prison hospital, tower) there are furnishings and artefacts from the era, and recordings of prisoners’ stories, etc. Plus details of hangings and clogging s from ‘the good old days’!

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bosemish
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
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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
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