Old Dubbo Gaol

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Old Dubbo Gaol
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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supritha d
Minto, Australia16 contributions
this is amazing experience.
they will also have a small act played by an actress.
some prison rooms have been decorated which look very realistic as someone still there. i got chills looking at some of it.
very education of the history; they have saved a lot of historical items.
The Goal also has a very small gift shop filled with some great gifts so you can take home a memory from this amazing visit you will have.
Absolutely amazing - please don't miss out
Written 31 July 2022
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Thank you so much for leaving us a review! We're incredibly happy to hear you had a wonderful experience at the Old Dubbo Gaol. The cells definitely have an eerie feeling about them. We hope to see you visit again, and that you had a wonderful time on the rest of your trip to the Dubbo Region. Kind Regards, Old Dubbo Gaol Team
Written 7 August 2022
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P76IAbrianm
Brisbane, Australia104 contributions
Bit hard to review this one as it was closed for a private function. Even though you were still able to purchase tickets on line a refund now has to be sort as only had that day to visit. Poor on the organisation if closed at least get this flagged on your web site so tickets can not be purchased.
Written 31 July 2022
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Thank you for your feedback. We apologise for the Old Dubbo Gaol's closure. We had posted on our social media to reflect this, though we've taken the feedback of updating our website into consideration. We have amended our process to ensure suitable coverage is in place for future occurrences of events of this type in the future. If you require further assistance or have any further comments, please email us at odg@dubbo.nsw.gov.au and our team will get back to you as soon as possible. Kind Regards, Old Dubbo Gaol Team
Written 7 August 2022
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Rita2478
Ballina, Australia13 contributions
Very interesting visit with lots of history to see. Worth a visit, a must for everyone. Thank you for keeping our history.
Written 24 July 2022
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Thanks for leaving us a review Rita! We're so glad you had a great time reading through the Gaols expansive history. We hope to see you again! Kind Regards, Old Dubbo Gaol Team
Written 7 August 2022
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Samantha P
Macksville, Australia167 contributions
Family
Spent a couple hours here with my 11 and 16 year old. Right in the middle of town - beware of parking ranger.
We all loved the shows but the performance by Tilly was exceptional. My partner and youngest loved the iso room and his out to scare me as is pitch black. The history is sad but worth knowing. Would have loved to do the ghost tour but was adults only will return another time without the young one
Written 13 July 2022
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Thanks for the review, glad to hear you had an enjoyable time with our performance. Solitary confinement is definitely a spooky stop in the Gaol, glad the family found a way to make it a bit fun. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to the Dubbo region. Kind regards, The Old Dubbo Gaol Team.
Written 14 July 2022
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Belinda M
Sydney, Australia97 contributions
Family
Spent an interesting couple hours at the jail. Lots of interesting exhibits and signs to read plus a tour or live character ‘show’ - great for the kids. Friendly staff were very engaged and happy to share information about the site history. Worth a visit.
Written 12 July 2022
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Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Glad to hear you had such a great time in the Gaol. Kind regards, The Old Dubbo Gaol Team
Written 12 July 2022
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Kerri B
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Took the kids and they loved it. They loved Millie who was the tour guide Absolutely amazing guide, involved everybody and was very funny. Dressed the part as well, which was great
Written 10 July 2022
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We are very glad you and the kids had such a great time! Thanks for the review
Written 11 July 2022
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Penny R
Port Macquarie, Australia72 contributions
Friends
Great gaol to visit. Alot of interactive things to do. Very informative and interesting for adults and children. Spent about 1.5 hours there
Written 8 July 2022
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Thanks for the review Penny, glad you had a great time! Regards, The Old Dubbo Gaol Team
Written 11 July 2022
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Aussie_Binturong
Queensland, Australia214 contributions
Friends
So apparently ‘gaol’ is just the Australian spelling of ‘jail’. The buildings, displays and exhibits are fascinating but it’s the performances of the young people that are the real highlight of this historical attraction. Make sure you check the website so you can time your visit to see this interactive street theatre.
Written 8 July 2022
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Thanks for the review! Gaol and Jail are fairly interchangeable, with Gaol having been used when Old Dubbo Gaol was just Dubbo Gaol. We have kept it that way as a mark to our heritage. Glad you had a fantastic time and enjoyed the performances, they are definitely a highlight. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the Dubbo area Kind regards, The Old Dubbo Gaol Team
Written 11 July 2022
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Sally H
Liverpool, Australia24 contributions
Family
Visited this morning with our 3 kids aged 12, 10 and 8. We all had a fabulous visit. Great information and entertainment from the very friendly staff and so interesting to see and hear about the history of the jail and it’s past crims. A little confronting at times (thanks to some well placed mannequins 😂) Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Written 6 July 2022
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Fantastic to hear you all had a great time! We hope you got to catch the performance and escapes tour as well (it sounds like you may have). Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Kind regards, The Old Dubbo Gaol Team
Written 6 July 2022
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Wendy M
Mittagong, Australia74 contributions
This was an interesting look back at our history, just be careful the mannequins scare the daylights out of you
Written 24 June 2022
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You are not the first to be spooked by our mannequins and I doubt you will be the last! Great to hear that apart from the scare you had a good time looking around the Old Dubbo Gaol. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Kind regards, The Old Dubbo Gaol Team
Written 29 June 2022
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