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Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine

(3.4/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
The Old Castlemaine Gaol was a prison located in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia. The prison was modelled on Pentonville; the present building replaced the original, designed by Inspector General John Price, was never occupied. Built in 1861 to house offenders from the goldfields and nearby towns, it served various functions in the penal system before it was closed down and its prisoners transferred to HM Prison Loddon in 1990. Since, it has been used as a hotel and tourist attraction. It currently serves as the studio for local community radio station WMA FM 94.9.The grounds were originally landscaped by renowned landscape gardener Hugh Linaker.Notable prisonersPeter Dupasserving a life sentence for multiple murder and rape.
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  • This gaol has the potential to be great but the service needs tweaking. Guided tours are only on weekends or public holidays. We had to take the option of a self guided tour. It cost us $10 per person...  more »
  • Arrived with about 30 mins to go before closing, was hopeful that this would give us enough time to get around and it was easily enough time. We went on a self guided tour, but really there isnt too m...  more »
  • The gaol could be run so much better. Little to no information inside and most parts closed off unless you are on a tour. I love old gaols but this one was a pretty big let down. It does have a spooky...  more »
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  • My partner and myself went for a "tour " today and had to chase down the guy who ran it via his sister having to phone him to ask if he was doing it today. (Even as it was advertised that it was. ) The guy mumbled and was not clear on the history of the goal. Would we recommend paying $20 each to get bored and getting wet for? NO very unprofessional.
  • Great service and food. The views of Castlemaine are stunning from here
  • Lovely GF cake & a room to ourselves for a birthday celebration
  • Unique experience in the old Castlemaine gaol
  • Loved the coffee and the breakfast bun.