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Old Dubbo Gaol

90 Macquarie St, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
+61 2 6801 4460
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Historically interesting

Great place to visit with kids to understand history. Not a big place so it doesn’t take long to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Toni C
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Maclean, Australia
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An interesting morning.

Very helpful guide and an interesting step back in time. Pleasant way to spend a few hours... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
WAP1956
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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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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 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit with kids to understand history. Not a big place so it doesn’t take long to go through everything but very interesting with interaction videos etc in the cells.

Thank Toni C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very helpful guide and an interesting step back in time. Pleasant way to spend a few hours. Situated right in the town so very accessible.

Thank WAP1956
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

spent a few hours going through - finished off with one of the staff with stories of escapes (he was so enthusiastic) really made the stories come alive. would recommend people visit

Thank diannecarroll14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The exhibitions were really good. Spending some time reading the descriptions was really effective at bringing you back to the old days to have a taste of the times. We did the tour too and it was really interesting with all the stories of escape...More

Thank mattycq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My 9 year old enjoyed wandering through and seeing examples of history. Lots to wander around and see. It’s been many years since I’ve been here but it keeps getting better. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Good inexpensive way to spend an hour or...More

Thank Randall S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice visit to the Gaol with the family. I think its a must do while visiting Dubbo. Quite affordable for the family.

Thank RPort84
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An amazing place to visit with so much history of the Goal. We arrived about an hour and half before they were due to close and with so much information to read, our advice would be to give yourself a considerable amount of time to...More

Thank blueeyedjem
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's in the centre of Main Street and parking is an issue so be aware because the will fine you. It was so interesting to read about some of the convicts and to see how the lived. It's smaller than I thought it would be...More

Thank Nic0le16
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's amazing to find a Gaol set in amongst the shops in the main shopping area. It has been a well thought out setup Gaol and still has a lot of Character about it. We did not do a guided tour but enjoyed the look...More

Thank 4x4wheelers
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Initially we thought it was only the old buildings but the interactive displays, dark and damp corridors and stories had us all quickly on board. Best suited to 10 years and above and the 8 year old was a little scared by the dark and...More

Thank poppetann
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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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