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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405 reviews
  • August 14, 2017
    Even if you've little interest in the places history, the gaol itself is a sight to behold. The views from the back are also spectacular and I saw whales. Sculpture in the Gaol as also on at this time...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Although this is a re-built piece of history it is none the less an interesting insight into the history of its use. From convicts, to German Nationals in WW1 there is a lot to learn here. Some of the...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    We were lucky with the weather when we visited the gaol as you could imagine how cold it would be on a dreary day and what it may have like for the inmates! Our day was sunny but cold in the shadows s...  more »
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Very informative and a great piece of history! You can take some great shots there too!
  • Nice historical building. Great views.

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