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Fannie Bay Gaol, Darwin

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
3.8/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Fannie Bay Gaol provides a sober, but fascinating look at the history of the penal system in the Northwest Territory. Opened in 1883 and running until 1979, this prison housed some notable Australian inmates. See the gallows used in 1952 to hang Jerry Coci and Jonus Novotny, Czechoslovakian immigrants who were the last prisoners that the Australian government executed. Tour the segregated cell blocks for female prisoners and for Aboriginal ones. Stay clear of aggressive nesting birds if you visit in December. Before you head to Darwin, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Darwin family vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Darwin has to offer, including Fannie Bay Gaol.
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  • This gives a good insight into the conditions which inmates would have experienced. The better ventilation of the metal huts makes them more comfortable that the stone buildings. Videos explain a lot ...  read more »
  • It was difficult to avoid the swoops of a pair of plovers that were nesting in order to reach the cells of the old prison. A bit hair-raising! Once inside we looked at what had been Darwin's gaol, wit...  read more »
  • Such a sad piece of history but also very interesting, our guide was from Tour Tub and his name was Daniel, Dan was great to listen to about the jail and it's history. 
  • Very disappointing. Arrived at 3.30pm on a Saturday and door locked. No hours of operation sign. So much for a place to visit!
  • Great place to visit and get an understanding of how prisoners where housed back in the early 1900 hundreds
  • Free and easy acess. Not open on all days though.
  • History every were.. an eye opener... this place should keep you on the straight and narrow.
  • Free entry now. Well maintained and lots of signage. Worth the visit, closes at 3. While you're here get yourself to the Old Qantas Hangar that's nearby. It's not on the maps so ask around.
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