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Willow Court Asylum

The Avenue, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
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It's all a bit sad.

There's a problem with old asylums, they are old and in need of high maintenance and are difficult... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Rich in history but currently poor in presentation; the cafe is gorgeous though and the second hands goods store is FASC

The New Norfolk former Mental Health Asylum is now a mostly closed off collection of buildings from... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Brisbane, Australia
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The beautiful and historic Willow Court & Barracks precinct will be open for tours and a full program of activities in a not to be missed opportunity to explore and learn about Australia’s oldest continually run mental hospital and Military Barracks that pre-dates Port Arthur.Open day coincides with Frascati garden tours—once the Hospital Superintendent’s residence This is a rare opportunity not to be missed!
  • Excellent23%
  • Very good47%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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The Avenue, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

There's a problem with old asylums, they are old and in need of high maintenance and are difficult to re-purpose to a modern age. I recall talking to an administrator of such an institution who said "We had 1000 guys who wanted to mow and...More

Thank trooo3
Reviewed 2 October 2017

The New Norfolk former Mental Health Asylum is now a mostly closed off collection of buildings from varying eras now privately owned by various organisations. A cafe remains operational as does a museum with second hand antiques and yesteryear gear.

Thank redlfg73
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Closed, no explanation, no opening times. Looks closed for good. Only the motel was open. The cafe has a sign that says it's closed but even the website is gone. Very disappointing as I was bringing people from overseas.

2  Thank catalinafh
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

This place is an amazing gem. The site with its beautiful old buildings is now mainly used as an antique fair and a place of a large collect of "junk" and discards from building sites, car yards and other places. Really hard to describe what...More

Thank ozallan
Reviewed 8 January 2017

A former asylum that now houses antique stores and a truck graveyard. Read up on the history, makes sad and fascinating reading.

Thank Ray W
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Looked like a breakers yard with an amazing selection of vehicles. Could not enter the antique area so went back to a great place in town.

Thank raffles123
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

So glad the owner of the B&B I was staying in told me about this place. Huge property with masses of stall holders undercover. If like me your from mainland Australia you will be blown away at the great prices. Thankfully I had my car...More

Thank TonyPur
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Excellent exhibition that makes you stop and think about the people placed into this place years ago and the pain and suffering they endured. Shattered lives shattered mirrors. Well work the visit

Thank annwf2014
Reviewed 29 May 2016

Willow Court is an amazing site. Perhaps because I work in the mental health industry it had more appeal. It was a huge facility built in 1827 and only closed in 2000. It has the appearance of just being abandoned. There is junk everywhere and...More

Thank zzrbell
Reviewed 22 April 2016

If you are into old rusty vintage cars and trucks this museum of sorts will not disappoint you! close by is the old asylum but its not quite restored yet to what it was...meanwhile back in the church, the collections, are not what they were...More

1  Thank MissionSpirit
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30 July 2017|
Response from APIU |
What sort of tour were you looking for?
Roslyn M
7 April 2017|
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May 13th is the next tour. Bookings can be made from today through Event Brite. I can't share urls but search for After Dark Night Tours Willow Court or Willow Court Project. Numbers are limited book asap
Cathie L
13 January 2017|
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9-4pm normally