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Trial Bay Gaol, South West Rocks

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 280+ 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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  • If you are visiting South West rocks this is an attraction you should visit. It is part of the history of the area and worth a quick visit. 
  • Trial Bay Goal is on a beautiful site, there is more than amble parking or you could take a walk (steep) and enjoy looking down at the goal as you approach. Whales were swimming and the local fauna wa...  read more »
  • Worth a visit, very informative,especially if interested in local history. We spent more time there than expected, it was great. Fabulous views from guards watch tower. 
  • 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 .
  • first came here in 1952 as a young 22year old on a fishingtrip with my mate, we used to camp inside the jail grounds in those days Still stay there with Annie on our campervan trips and it is still one of the best places in Australia and we have travelled all over Australia in the last 18 years, across the nullabor 7 times 3 more to go, have fun !
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