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Old Dubbo Gaol

90 Macquarie St, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
+61 2 6801 4460
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My wife and I stopped in for a visit on the way out of town after exploring the zoo the day before... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Mr Benson W
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In the middle of town

I was impressed by the staff member who was obviously proud of the gaol and what had been done to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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 5 days ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped in for a visit on the way out of town after exploring the zoo the day before, we both really enjoyed visiting the gaol it was very interesting and informative my wife loves visiting places like this and we had...More

Thank Mr Benson W
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OldDubboGaol, Guest Relations Manager at Old Dubbo Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the review Mr Benson. We hope you enjoyed your time in the Old Dubbo Gaol and look for to hopefully seeing you again. Kind regards, the Old Dubbo Gaol Team

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I was impressed by the staff member who was obviously proud of the gaol and what had been done to keep it in the condition it was in. Given that it was in the middle of the city it was amazingly quiet. The information and...More

Thank Daisy129
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OldDubboGaol, Guest Relations Manager at Old Dubbo Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your kind words, we do have a great deal of pride in the Gaol and how it is upkept. We are very glad to hear that you had a good time here and hope to see you again in the future. Kind...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited as part of our family vacation, The Old Dubbo Gaol is interesting place to spend half a day. You could see a 3D hologram presenting some of the dark stories of this jail. You can access pretty much all buildings including the place where...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to see history restored for everyone to see. Would love to do a night tour next time we visit. We saw the character in costume show funny but a long 20mimsMore

Thank Lorrie-Beth C
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OldDubboGaol, Guest Relations Manager at Old Dubbo Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review Lorrie-Beth, we are glad you enjoyed your time. We have often felt the performance goes a little long but the Guard likes the sound of his own voice just a little too much. Hopefully you will be able to make...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very small Jail but very interesting.. Great price.. It was a nice place to walk around and learn about the history of the place.. Just before leaving the guy came out with another staff member to talk to all of us tourists in the place...More

Thank Colleen S
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OldDubboGaol, Guest Relations Manager at Old Dubbo Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review Collen. I am sorry to hear you got stuck inside, especially during wet weather. We will be making sure all our staff know to watch for visitors leaving during performances. I hope the rest of your visit to the Gaol...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visit to Old Dubbo Goal really opens up your eyes as to how hard it was to be a prisoner in those days. From the sandstone cells to the punishment rooms to the hanging gallows and a must see is the theatre room with...More

Thank Michael F
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OldDubboGaol, Guest Relations Manager at Old Dubbo Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review Michael. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. It really was a different time wasn't it. Kind Regards, The Old Dubbo Gaol Team

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed learning about this important part of Australia history on our recent trip to Dubbo, worth a visit

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OldDubboGaol, Guest Relations Manager at Old Dubbo Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed the time spent here. Kind Regards, The Old Dubbo Gaol Team

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Built right in the heart of Dubbo is the old gaol. Although not huge it is an inexpensive insight into the past of Dubbo. They don’t have guided tours as such but a “guide” who tells stories of the people who had been there over...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you have an hour or so to spend this place is well worth the visit. Fascinating old architecture mixed with a bit of a feeling of 'glad it wasn't me in here'. Staff are friendly and helpful and there is no rush about getting...More

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OldDubboGaol, Guest Relations Manager at Old Dubbo Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your positive review. We are glad you were able to enjoy the history we have locked up here and we to often think how lucky we are to have never had to experience being locked inside. Kind Regards, The Old Dubbo Gaol...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting Dubbo with our two dogs who were welcomed to visit the gaol with us. Very easy to walk around with lots of interesting historical information. We learnt a lot about how tough life would have been for inmates during the late 1800’s...More

Thank Beth B
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OldDubboGaol, Guest Relations Manager at Old Dubbo Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful review! We are glad that you and your dogs enjoyed a short lock-up. Kind Regards, The Old Dubbo Gaol Team

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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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