Old Castlemaine Gaol / The Governor's Cafe, Castlemaine
(3.6/5 based on 45+ 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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  • My husband and I went through the Old Gaol & we were both disappointed. There was no access upstairs & a lot of the cells were filled with 'stuff'. (Mattresses, boxes etc). The signage / history, is v...  more »
  • This goal provides a great representation of Victoria's past penal system. You can view this from many aspects as the curators have provided well balance, unbiased detailed information of the goal's h...  more »
  • Last minute decision to visit the goal but so glad we did. Lovely view from the hill over the pretty township of Castlemaine. Cafe available. Price of $10 each was reasonable. Loved reading the histor...  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.