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Trial Bay Gaol, South West Rocks

(4.6/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We visited the gaol with our 2 children aged 12 and 10. The admission price of $27 for a family was worth it to see the history of the gaol. My boys absolutely loved the gaol and learning the history ...  more »
  • We have been going to the gaol for somany years, I have loved it since I was a child and now my kids love it! The interactive display they installed before our last visit is great. Amazing place for p...  more »
  • Trial Bay Gaol opened on time and had friendly staff. The outside has a turret accessible to look at before going in. A beautiful view of the Pacific ocean with signs about the area from the carpark. ...  more »
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  • Very informative and a great piece of history! You can take some great shots there too!
  • 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!
  • Quite an interesting part of history, great displays and information as you walk around this old jail, my 5 year old loved it.
  • Nice historic jail on a beautiful location