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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  • This part of my stay was totally unexpected but extremely informative regarding Australian History, during a war. The architecture that remains lends itself to some remnant photography. I refused to t...  more »
  • One of the great historic stories and sites in the area. Doesn't require a great deal of time, we walked the property in less than an hour. Be sure and check out the watch tower, fabulous photo opp. T...  more »
  • A unique opportunity to take in some history and I'd recommend you allow at least an hour minimum to take it all in. Plenty of parking outside too.  more »
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  • Interesting site. $11 entry for adult seems a little overpriced. Introductory video should probably be updated lol
  • Quite an enjoyable experience with plenty of history to read up on within the gaol that describes a very interesting prison lifestyle among other things, well worth the entry price
  • 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.
  • Beautiful location worth a look if your on a relaxing holiday
  • 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.

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