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Old Dubbo Gaol, Dubbo

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Old Dubbo Gaol offers insight into bygone era of harsh prison life. Old gallows are still in the courtyard. Holographic displays portray conditions endured by inmates; you will hear and see an animated image of condemned man due for a death sentence. Visitors will small children should be aware that an isolation cell in total darkness may be scary and spooky. Guided tours available at day or night. Plan my day in Dubbo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • With the ability to enter in to almost every room and cell, with a lot of information on boards in each of these, this was a very interesting and educational day. Tickets are a little pricey for what....  more
    With the ability to enter in to almost every room and cell, with a lot of information on boards in each of these, this was a very interesting and educational day. Tickets are a little pricey for what....  more »
  • What an unexpected gem. The gaol has so much information and great (sad) stories about prisoners who did time there. I would highly recommend for adults and school aged children. Would allow about... 
    What an unexpected gem. The gaol has so much information and great (sad) stories about prisoners who did time there. I would highly recommend for adults and school aged children. Would allow about...  more »
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  • We enjoyed our visit here, really interesting to learn about the history of this jail. The shows at 10am and 11am were entertaining and informative, went for about 30min each which maybe was a little too long. We ended up being here for around 1.5 hours but would have been less if shows were not on as took us around 45min or so to wander through the buildings. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Dubbo for a couple of days or more.
  • Blew my mind. If you are Into architecture or Australian history this is a must visit. Created with a friendly smile and great customer service interaction from Jordan? (well, the cash register said it was Jordan serving us). Children are given a workbook and must think of clues and information within the kail and fill it out as they go. It's got some easy questions and some you need to think about. All the clues are within the facility tho. Having served as a real Goal in its life it's rather moving and haunting to step into some of the cells. Be warned tho, though you don't know who you might run into. Just when you are on your self-guided journey something interesting happens. I don't want to give away all the details but make sure you participate and watch what occurs. You might be lucky enough to be picked on by the Goal's very own prison officer, enough about that tho. The Goal also has a very small gift shop filled with some great gifts so you can take home a memory from this amazing visit you will have. Prices are affordable and reasonable. I would recommend you make this an attraction you don't miss out on. It's a true part of Australian history and the workers do take pride and this facility and their work.

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