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Fannie Bay Gaol, Darwin

(3.8/5 based on 280+ 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 was a very interesting gaol took awhile to look at. really enjoyed it and the history of the place.  more »
  • Its the Darwin's last history for the executions! Its good the preserve this sort of history for public and mainly entry is free of charge.  more »
  • Only opened in the wet season Saturday and Wednesday. The local plover was everywhere today. Good way to show the young where we have come from, which is not that long ago either when you think about ...  more »
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  • Historical and well worth a visit, put this on your agenda also this is the first jail that I have heard of during world war 2 sent the prisoners away.
  • 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.