Located at the end of the north pointing peninsula on the eastern side of Trial Bay, Trial Bay Gaol is a protected wildlife area with a stunning lookout over the water. Consider camping on the point's beach where the National Parks and Wildlife Service operates a campground. Divide your visit between Trial Bay Gaol's natural wonders and the manmade Trial Gaol, an impenetrable prison that held Australia's most notorious criminals in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The prison was expensive to run, so building projects there were abandoned in 1903. Nowadays you can visit the impressive granite structure and view the cells that once housed the accused at the Trial Gaol Museum. Using our international travel planner, South West Rocks attractions like Trial Bay Gaol can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Trial Bay Gaol reviews
Well maintained site with good details on the history of the goal and area. The views are spectacular for the goal. Very friendly staff who were helpful with sharing their knowledge. Worth a visit if.... more »
We book camping 4 days only,to check out the place ,it’s ours first time here . And we didn’t regret,actually thinking of coming back very soon only much longer to stay next time. Campground is... more »
Very interesting spot to spend a few hours. Well priced, self guided tour with excellent plaques and audio installations that provide contextual information about the history and significance of the site. This is an open air museum, so not a great spot to spend a wet day, nor is it appropriate for individuals with mobility issues.
Outstanding Campsite Location... No wonder bookings have to be secured a year in advance. Gorgeous beach with lots of opportunities to engage in different activities from kite surfing when the wind is blowing to SUP'ing when it is calm. Great ablutions and laundry facilities... Highly recommended and we'll definitely be going back!
Plan your trip to South West Rocks
Get a personalized planA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from South West Rocks
Hidden gems in South West Rocks
Plans to Trial Bay Gaol by other users
6 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 58 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 8 days in Port Macquarie BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular sights Preferences: November Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 3 days in Dorrigo BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 1 day in South West Rocks BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Greater Newcastle, South West Rocks & Yamba BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: October, outdoors, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium