Trial Bay Gaol

Trial Bay Gaol, South West Rocks: Address, Phone Number, Trial Bay Gaol Reviews: 4.5/5

Trial Bay Gaol
4.5
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Warners1
Lake Macquarie, Australia1,194 contributions
So quiet
Jul. 2021
We almost had the place to ourselves.
Nice to read of the history of Trial Bay and to watch the short video.
Masks and check in were mandatory (but of course, not a problem).
Written 23 July 2021
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ptrabant
Cronulla, Australia1,001 contributions
Great location
Jun. 2021
Great location with great views back to South West Rocks . Good camp site just outside in peaceful locations and lots of kangaroos about added to the scene .
Written 18 June 2021
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Bonny Ronny
Perth, Australia21 contributions
Definitely worth the drive.
May 2021
Extremely interesting look into Australia's past, particularly the treatment of "enemy" foreigners during World War II. There is a video but the gaol itself is worth exploring with the information boards telling the stories from the past in each building. Also get the chance to be up close to kangaroos who just think it's a good place to rest-awhile.
Written 6 June 2021
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia23,762 contributions
Sandstone Goal From 1866
May 2021
Built by convicts with local sandstone and starting in 1853, it housed convicts from 1866 to 1903 and again in WW1 where German marines, Australia born Germans and Austrians were housed.It is large and interesting and located on a beautiful part of the coast. It is now a museum.Worth a look but also spend time along the coast below the prison for great scenery.
Written 26 May 2021
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,020 contributions
Good lesson in modern Australian history
May 2021
Trial Bay Gaol enjoys a magnificent headland site with commanding coastal views. The complex itself is also commanding as a stand-out piece of architecture, partially restored from the times when it was operational. Despite being such an impressive sight, the gaol was really something of a folly, with huge blow-outs during construction and then never really being 'fit for purpose'. Perhaps its most significant period was during WWI, when it served as an internment centre for German nationals. The story of this time is very well told at the gaol; the ingenuity and enterprise of the interned Germans makes a great story and also shows up the folly of the internment.
Written 23 May 2021
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Terry G
North Rocks, Australia713 contributions
Wonderful History
May 2021 • Couples
A wonderful site to visit. Ruins have been pretty well stripped over the years, but some good recent renovations have kept it alive and well worth a visit.
Written 7 May 2021
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Enza K
Woodcroft, Australia15 contributions
A Little bit of history
Mar. 2021 • Friends
If you come to South West Rocks you must visit the historical sites such as this one

The gaol is still standing...of course not as it did a hundred years ago

The information in regards to the history of TBG is very informative. It does not just cover the history of the prisoners and their trial and tribulations but also the time the prison became an interment camp for German immigrants during the war

Would highly recommend it
Written 15 March 2021
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Kazina C
New South Wales, Australia38 contributions
Explore the coast
Mar. 2021
Great little historical reserve, friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful view of the coastline. Lots of history to take in
Written 3 March 2021
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VickyT_TravelBug
Melbourne, Australia436 contributions
Great location
Feb. 2021 • Couples
The location is great but unfortunately we had a bad experience with the weather once again. Wild winds and torrential rain. The bay side sites are very exposed to the elements. Might be better to choose a site down further in the hollows. The bathrooms were not kept as clean as I remember from before and we had over 24 hours with no soap in ladies bathroom.
Written 23 February 2021
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Ontracc
Greater Sydney, Australia320 contributions
Trail bay in a day
Feb. 2021
Great example of History from a time gone by, interesting facts about a pubic works Gaol. Take an hour at least to read and mingle through. Free onsite parking $11 an adult entry. Worth a look.
Written 16 February 2021
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