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J Ward Museum Complex, Ararat

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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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  • We went on the 11:00 Wednesday tour 1 1/2 hours it was fascinating to see inside a real lunatic ward that was previously a jail. The tour guide was knowledgeable and humorous. I can recommend this gre...  more »
  • The guide we had was very animated and knew what he was talking about. Clearly he enjoyed what he was doing, Well worth it.  more »
  • I have always wanted to come to Ararat and do the J Ward tour and we finally got the chance to, I would definitely recommend this day tour and I am hoping to go back one day and do the night tour. It ...  more »