Trip Planner:   South Pacific  /  Australia  /  New South Wales  /  South West Rocks  /  Historic Sites  /  Trial Bay Gaol
Trial Bay Gaol, South West Rocks
(4.3/5 based on 300+ 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.
Create a full South West Rocks itinerary
map

Plan your trip to South West Rocks

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in New South Wales by other users

10 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA December, kids, outdoors, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, outdoors, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Blue Mountains BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in India & Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA February, kids, culture, popular PREFERENCES: February, kids, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA May, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 40 days in Dorrigo BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Sydney BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Top place to visit. Very interesting. Love that the NPWS is looking after it. That way the bones of this part of our history will continue to live on. 
  • A great spectacle makes you realise how good we have it now. Only sour note dive bombed by a pluvver. very historical. 
  • This historic gaol is an interesting visit for lovers of Australian history. Kids love it as they can run around and pretend to be in jail. The Arakoon reserve is beautiful and photogenic, There are k...  more »
Google
  • 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 .