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The Old Mount Gambier Gaol

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Our gaol journey all began with a vision to turn an old debilitated building into a vibrant community asset. We originally hoped to create a new atmosphere that was warm, inviting and both community and family focused.We, along with our two young boys, own and run our family business; we are blessed with the ongoing assistance of our fabulous staff and wonderful family. We have much love for the old building, her history and our spectacular Limestone Coast region and for this reason have opted to remain an independent accommodation provider.We love to travel, enjoy new experiences and meet refreshing people; running the old gaol is allowing us as parents to raise our sons in a beautiful part of Australia whilst still meeting amazing guests from all over the world. Every day we see new faces, are moved and excited by guest’s travel adventures whilst living in an old English prison!We are a young business with many more fun ideas and improvements yet to unveil. We have spent the last three years creating and establishing our business. We are now excited to move onto further promoting who we are and what we have to offer!The Old Mount Gambier Gaol was a functioning 'English Prison' from 1866 to 1994.In 2010 we opened the gaol doors for a new venture. We had a vision to create a place where our community could relax and enjoy various events and where travelers could combine a comfortable stay with a unique experience. Almost three years later we are still pursuing that dream.
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Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Tennis Court
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw the gaol on hotels.com and thought it sounded cool. Went to the gaol's website and we were intrigued to find out more. We booked a double cell with ensuite and so glad we stayed. Very friendly and welcoming staff and the old gaol has...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank Lynelle K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was so cool. I expected something much more like a hostel rather than the experience we had! The bathrooms and showers were pristine, the gaol itself was amazing in terms of what it looks like, the history, and the detail that has gone...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Alexis K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have stayed here more than once (in the dorms section each time), and it is a very special place to stay. From the initial view of the high stone walls to the exercise yard with painting, meditation garden, and the cells themselves, it's a...More

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Jon M
Reviewed 7 November 2018

The historical posters throughout the gaol are very interesting and well worth wandering through the various locations. We walked into town each day, and our location was convenient to both the Blue Lake and the sinkhole gardens in the centre of town.

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank leoniem656
Reviewed 1 November 2018

A very different and unique accommodation stay. Were on a work trip, so arrived late in the afternoon and left early in the morning. If had more time there were many interesting items to see and learn about the building and it's past. Would stay...More

Date of stay: October 2018
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"If you don't want to share facilities (especially on the weekend), select your room accordingly"
7 Nov. 2018
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"We stayed in Cell 19, which was right by the kitchen, rec room, shared bathrooms and opens onto a giant..."
21 May 2018
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"You can get a cell with a semi-private bathroom. Good communal areas for making coffee."
24 Mar. 2018
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"We had a family room with two bedrooms, one of which had bunk beds. Fully equipped kitchen, living room and..."
22 Oct. 2017
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USD 55 - USD 98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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