Fannie Bay Gaol, Darwin

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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. Plan your Fannie Bay Gaol visit and explore what else you can see and do in Darwin using our Darwin trip builder website .
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  • Good job it was free to get in as it was very disappointing! Spent less than than 15 minutes on site as there was very little to see. The only thing of interest was the gallows building.  more »
  • Interesting look back at what people were locked up in. The gallows were interesting even though they were only used twice for all the construction. The dorm area was closed due to lead paint clean up...  more »
  • Fanny Bay Gaol is a great little attraction. Although quite a bit of it is out in the sun, so be aware if you go in the heat of the day. The facilities are well maintained and the signs informative an...  more »
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  • Ain’t no Alcatraz, but still an important piece of history no less. Good thing no admission fee
  • At present some parts are closed for repairs. Still see the gallows and kitchen etc
  • Met some great, life long tiddah gurls in there ay cuz, 100% would reccommend this place for a nice stay :PPPP
  • Can get very warm within the walls of the prison but still worth a visit for the history
  • Please note that opening times are seasonal: November to April Wednesday & Saturday only 10:00 am to 3:00 pm All other times daily 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

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