Old Castlemaine Gaol / The Governor's Cafe, Castlemaine
(3.6/5 based on 50 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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  • Other than a few empty cells and 3 display cells, there isnt all that much to see here. It is too bad as the history of the gaol and its prisoners is very interesting, it just isn't taken to the next ...  more »
  • The Old Gaol is a great feature of Castlemaine. Yep, it is spelt GAOL! A self guided or guided tour is a real adventure and very informative. You will love it and make you realise that we have actuall...  more »
  • We have visited a few historic gaols, and this one is an interesting part of local history. As we were doing a 'self-guided' tour, we didn't get to see all that is left of the gaol. The walls are, of ...  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.