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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  • Walking through the Gaol and seeing the cells and the conditions, was eye opening. The information video was informative and the views impressive 
    Walking through the Gaol and seeing the cells and the conditions, was eye opening. The information video was informative and the views impressive  more »
  • A very interesting part of our history. It gives insights into how difficult life was in that era. The displays were very well done, and very educational. Highly recommended. 
    A very interesting part of our history. It gives insights into how difficult life was in that era. The displays were very well done, and very educational. Highly recommended.  more »
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  • Trial Bay Gaol is a excellent place to see a little of Australia's history. It was such a great time exploring the grounds. There was a small entry fee of $10 but this was defiantly worth it. Spend around 2 hours just walking around looking at all the different cells and sights.
  • Trial Bay Gaol was full of interesting sights. There was so much to explore, and you can easily spend a good two hours here. There's a small entry fee ($10), but it's definitely worth the price.

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