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J Ward Museum Complex, Ararat
(4.6/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
J Ward Museum Complex provides a historical glimpse at the Australian penal system. Starting in 1859 as a jail for miscreants of the local goldfields, J Ward started housing the criminally insane when the gold ran out less than three decades later. Today, you can tour the defunct prison and hear stories about its inmates from local volunteers. A visit provides a break on the Melbourne-Adelaide road, if you're passing between the two cities. J Ward Museum Complex is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Ararat Edition.
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  • From the minute you arrive the hostess sets the scene. You will love the history and not one room will disappoint. Wear flat shoes or runners as you will need to trudge down a hill in the dark to the ...  more »
  • Fabulous value for money, $15 a person and our tour went for 2 hours. The guide asked at the start if anyone was in a hurry so there option to leave early but it was so engaging and interesting we did...  more »
  • Sensational tour, run by highly knowledgeable and engaging volunteers. Where would we be without volunteers. It takes an hour, you could talk about it for hours. There is even the opportunity to put n...  more »