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. Using our international travel planner, South West Rocks attractions like Trial Bay Gaol can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This place really got to me, the lives these inmates must have lived in such a picturesque place, what a contrast. I wanted to know more, well worth the entry fee, $11 from memory.  more »
  • It cost $11 entry fee but I think it’s worth it to see the goal and find out about the history of the place. It’s not a big place but I did enjoy walking around the old goal. It’s located in an amazin...  more »
  • An old derelict gaol that has been partially restored as a heritage tourist attraction. Interesting to learn of the history. Worth the fee to go inside.  more »
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  • We had no idea this existed until we drove into South West Rocks and picked up a brochure. We stayed an hour or so and it was plenty of time. Lots of effort has been put into the displays (audio/visual installations) and don't miss the upstairs museum at the entrance as it is easily missed. Wheelchair access is very hit and miss, but there are some things that "could" be enjoyed if you're attempting this location (with help) on wheels....but certainly NOT everything. Visually impaired visitors should be given a discount, despite the efforts of audio installations, there isn't nearly enough to justify payment of a full price ticket.
  • A Spectacular piece of local history. Immaculately maintained. History buffs and photographers will enjoy what is on offer. Great views of the coastline and mountainous surrounds.
  • Interesting stories well presented around the site.
  • Beautiful location and old gaol with reasonable history and information. Only reason i don't give it 5 stars is cause I save that for only the very best attractions I've visited
  • Interesting part of Australias history, loads of information as you go on a self guided tour of the gaol. One of the highlights would have to be the view from the top of the outpost. Also managed to catch some dolphins catching waves so keep an eye out!

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