Old Castlemaine Gaol / The Governor's Cafe, Castlemaine

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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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  • Having visited a few old gaols over the years, I will slightly disappointed with this one. I am not sure of the operations and who is running it but while the building is really interesting architectu...  more »
  • Did the 2 hour ghost tour of the old gaol. Tour guides were good and knowledgable. The build was well presented and the tour was fun. Ticket pricing waa good, however if it included a daytime entry, p...  more »
  • The building is quite spooky and it gives you a real feel of what prison life might have been like, both in the old Gold Rush days and in more modern times too (since the prison was still used until 1...  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.