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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  • Good tour for about an hour! Beautiful site for views! $11 each for adults! Take a picnic and enjoy by the water!  more »
  • So glad we visited. Great to learn some of the history of the beautiful place. Very reasonable charges also.  more »
  • Was supposed to be going diving but the weather prevented this from happening so instead we spent the day being tourists and found ourselves at Trial Bay Gaol. Nice and peaceful to wander around with ...  more »
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  • Incredible historical place. Fantastic views. Great little souvenir shop aswell.
  • to have a look back in time very interesting an a great location even if times were tough back in the day
  • Bit expensive to get in but a very interesting piece of Australian history and absolutely gorgeous views from the guard tower!
  • 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.
  • Interesting site. $11 entry for adult seems a little overpriced. Introductory video should probably be updated lol
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