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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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  • On arriving spend a few minutes to take in the beautifully maintained gardens. Don was a wealth of information. We were lucky enough to be the only ones on that tour so we were able to ask lots of que...  more »
  • We went on the day tour of J-ward with Geoff as our tour guide. It was very informative and interesting. We got to walk around all the buildings and grounds with Geoff telling us the history of the pl...  more »
  • 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 »