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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  • Was good to see, interesting to see what it was really like back in the day. but not too much about, was dark in some places, lighting not very good.  more »
  • Interesting stories told to us by Dan from Tour Tub about this place perfect situation looking out to sea.  more »
  • A jail is a jail. Port Arthur has more significance and interest . |Apart from the Hnging room there is little to recommend of any interest. Waste of time  more »
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  • 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
  • Very interesting
  • Great history .....

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