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Old Dubbo Gaol

90 Macquarie St, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
+61 2 6801 4460
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So worth it

Went there early on a Friday had the place to myself, which made it a little spooky to walk... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
margaret c
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Sydney, Australia
Very informative self guided tour of the gaol...

Arrived on our push bikes and was warmly greeted by a staff member who showed us where we could... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Charlotte J
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Melbourne, 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 4 days ago

Went there early on a Friday had the place to myself, which made it a little spooky to walk around but just added to the atmosphere. Very well taken care of and most interesting. If want something different to do in town so worth it....More

Thank margaret c
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived on our push bikes and was warmly greeted by a staff member who showed us where we could park them on the grounds out of the sun - which was much appreciated. Did a self guided tour around the gaol (which took about 45...More

Thank Charlotte J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Old Dubbo Gail is a staple of a visit to Dubbo. We visited on Friday 9/2/17 and had a good time. The history of the place is great and it’s a fun self guided walk. It would be helpful if the signage was upgraded...More

Thank Kieran R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a good time learning how the convicts were treated & the kind of conditions they lived in. Mum & I only wished that the staff were in costume when we were there to show more authenticity of the place. Other than that staff...More

Thank Jax F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. Extremely informative, plenty of information. Check out how criminals were imprisoned, without suffering the indignity of being incarcerated.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

first time visiting this place, and glad i was a visitor and not and inmate, cannot imagine living in these conditions back then without air con, very informative and a great tour in the arvo, well layed out and definitely recommend stopping to pay a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great experience! The guides were great and we had an awesome time - the 10am reenactment was so much fun! There was also an included 11am tour around the goal - it's not big but it's interesting and well set up - I...More

Thank JazzzSay
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had some spare time and went to the old Dubbo Goal, it’s a rare piece of history and insight to what is must have been like back than. They have guided tours or self guided tours, we went self guided. You walk around some...More

Thank Melissa B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots to see that shows you what life was like back in the 'old days' - and not just for the prisoners. We spent a good couple of hours here and found it well documented and interesting. Even though a couple of the displays looked...More

Thank whoray01
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great value for the family although I dont the the young ones really get it. Great History and thankfully no family mentioned in the many archives. Some of the displays were aging and or not functioning (although I'm not surprised when you look at what...More

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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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