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Trial Bay Gaol, South West Rocks
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Located at the end of the north pointing peninsula on the eastern side of Trial Bay, Trial Bay Gaol is a protected wildlife area with a stunning lookout over the water. Consider camping on the point's beach where the National Parks and Wildlife Service operates a campground. Divide your visit between Trial Bay Gaol's natural wonders and the manmade Trial Gaol, an impenetrable prison that held Australia's most notorious criminals in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The prison was expensive to run, so building projects there were abandoned in 1903. Nowadays you can visit the impressive granite structure and view the cells that once housed the accused at the Trial Gaol Museum. To visit Trial Bay Gaol on your trip to South West Rocks, use our South West Rocks trip itinerary maker.
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  • This gaol was purpose built to house prisoners in a failed attempt to build a breakwall in Trial Bay in the late 1800's. It became prison for German males during WW1. It fell into disrepair and was sa...  more »
  • It is a beautiful place to visit. Not too expensive, $10pp and a fun hour looking around in an old prison.
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  • As a local we have visited here a few times. So impressed with the work being done here and how the story keeps unfolding, if a local is this impressed then imagine how the visitors must enjoy the exp...  more »
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  • Great campsite with clean amenities. Check the winds before picking a beach front site. Can be very windy. The powered sites are well protected and a cafe is within walking distance. It is awesome to camp next to the old gaol
  • Great location. Great for kids. Limited powered sites, but if you want to spend some time camping with the family, it's great! Whilst there isn't 'much to do' like other caravan parks, the location makes up for it. We got a spot right on the beach and as the beach has a shallow slope and is fairly protected from the break water it is good for swimming with young kids.
  • Very clean and well maintained campsite, $30 for a campsite right on the water (Off Peak). Showers and toilets were very clean. No more then 3 metres from the waves crashing up on the rocks.
  • Good facilities and great location. Keep an eye out for huge monitor lizards wandering through camp. Lots of kangaroos as well.
  • Lovely views from he tower out to sea, interesting history as well as Roos living in and around the grounds. Very pretty village nearby. Nice restaurants .