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Old Dubbo Gaol

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Address: 90 Macquarie St, Dubbo, New South Wales 2830, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6801 4460
09:00 - 16:00
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Old Dubbo Gaol is a state heritage listed must see. This remarkably...

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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Very interesting piece of Dubbo history. Enjoyed wandering through and reading the stories. Well worth the visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Donna C
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting piece of Dubbo history. Enjoyed wandering through and reading the stories. Well worth the visit.

Thank Donna C
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Surprisingly the kids loved it. With 5 under the age of 10 yrs we thought it might be too boring . Totally not , we done the activity you could partake in , was a bit pricey for the activity but we did it as a family which saved $$ . Pricing admission was good for our big family .... More 

Thank jessica m
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

very interesting, informative, staff very helpful ,gaol is easy to find, reasonably priced,an easy walk. If you're in dubbo, well worth it.

Thank Sandra N
Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I felt like this gave me a bit of a feel into life in a different era. Harsh and cruel, was in some parts shocking. Very well presented and set up.

Thank Wayne C
Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the morning at the gaol. A good insight into life in the colonial days. The solitary cell was an "eye opener" as it is completely dark.

Thank jmk8668
Broome, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the visit to the old dubbo goal. Spooky and so much information would definitely recommend to other visitors of dubbo for a first time experience

Thank Sarifah S
Belmore, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it was good to see how they lived in the old day. It is set out well. it gives you plenty of information. worth a visit.

Thank mezza1953
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staff were very helpful and informative. The gaol is easy to find your own way around and is located right in the centre of town. Easy to park with adequate eating and drinking opportunities nearby. Very good written explanations for the exhibits with one very excellent 3D video about the hangings in the gaol. A chance to sit, listen and... More 

Thank Mandy S
Hervey Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

How good is this well preserved gaol, which highlights just how tough our ancestors lived if they fell foul of the law. Very impressed, and appreciated that this represents a window into the past. Well worth a visit.

Thank Krisherron
Dubbo, Australia
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Though not a large place...we had an enjoyable hour checking out the displays. Was interesting to see the records . It would not have been a pleasant place to live

Thank Tamantha R

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