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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. 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 dropped in again,we always check out the Trial Bay area.The Gaol is a bit off history few of us know. Self guided tour is fine,take time to have a good look around.Check out the quarry behind the g...  more »
  • The Gaol is a hidden gem in the landscape of Australian history. The gaol carries a rich history from the late 1800's to the conclusion of World War 1. The gaol was an example of progressive incarcera...  more »
  • Very interesting history detailed in the audio visual and story boards throughout the gaol and some great views of the breakwater and the bay. Charges apply.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful location and old gaol with reasonable history and information. Only reason i don't give it 5 stars is cause I save that for only the very best attractions I've visited
  • 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!
  • Very informative and a great piece of history! You can take some great shots there too!
  • Nice historical building. Great views.