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Fannie Bay Gaol, Darwin
(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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  • A couple of kilometres from the city, entry to this old gaol is free. There were three of us there. My wife, me and someone presumably on security duty in the office, but you’re on your own rambling a...  more »
  • This gaol has a "cyclone room". You can feel what it was like to go through Cyclone Trace in 1974' it is very realistic and a great commentary. Although small the goal is quite interesting. 
  • What a walk back in time! A very hot and humid day in Darwin but it didn't stop us enjoying what this attraction has to offer. 
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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.