Trial Bay Gaol, South West Rocks

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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.
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  • Ruins very well looked after and video and signage help to underdstand the history. make sure yoy allow a few hours. Not to be missed if you are in the area 
    Ruins very well looked after and video and signage help to underdstand the history. make sure yoy allow a few hours. Not to be missed if you are in the area  more »
  • Interesting place to visit. Easily accessible, you can view everything at your own pace. Definitely worth a visit when in the area. 
    Interesting place to visit. Easily accessible, you can view everything at your own pace. Definitely worth a visit when in the area.  more »
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  • Lovely spot to visit. Well done with a 10 minute video to provide detailed history before exploring the site. Lots of local kangaroos to great you too. Scenery spectacular from there also, worth a visit
  • Nice place to have a sculpture exhibition.. and some live entertainment for the day. Reasonable wheelchair access including disabled toilets... nice to see some of our own history.

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