Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), Brisbane

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Named after the road which led to it, that became a boggy quagmire after rain, “Boggo Road Gaol” was officially known as the Brisbane Prison. For 109 years it dominated the skyline of the capital of Queensland. It’s stark red brick walls, and imposing guard tower on Annerley Road have become iconic for all the wrong reasons.

Boggo Road Gaol opened in 1883 as the Brisbane Gaol. Used mainly as a holding prison for those serving short sentences or on remand, its initial infamy came from it being a place of execution. In 1903, a new purpose-built separate women's gaol was created. After nearly 20 years of use, H M Gaol for Women was closed, its female occupants shifted to another part of the prison site.

In the 1920s, the men of the St Helena Island prison in Moreton Bay were moved into the former women’s gaol. Renamed Number Two Division, this section became home to those serving the longest sentences – killers, murderers, and violent offenders. Three cellblocks became the homes of “Lifers”. Soon Boggo Road became notorious.

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  • Only guided tours - you have to be here for the 1100 tour or else you can visit. No self guided tour allowed  more »
  • What an interesting morning we had at Boggo Rd a must on the to do list in Brisbane Suitable for couple and/or families  more »
  • An interesting tour of Boggo Road Gaol led by a very knowledgeable tour guide. The grandsons, 7 - 12 years, all really enjoyed hearing about how prisoners were treated in the distant past and not so d...  more »
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  • We went to a birthday party that was hosted at Boggo road gaol and it was truly awesome! The tour was so much fun and we all got to dress up and take pictures in the cells. So much fun!!
  • Awesome History tour. Just us and the guide, so very personal. Great history of the gaol and surrounding areas. The Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
  • Ghost tours are always brilliant and you learn something new abou the history everytime.
  • Good from a historical point of view, but too many on the ghost tour to make it a spooky experience.
  • Visited to do the ghost tour and really enjoyed it. Tour guide was wonderful, nice and loud despite having a big group, really got into it and made it fun. Strangely though, the vibe overall wasn't overly creepy... Nothing to do with your, just that the gaol felt pretty calm. Don't think I saw a ghost but still well worth it!
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