The entrance to the Gaol is located off Macquarie Street. Parking at the Dubbo City Information Centre where tickets for the Gaol are also available is recommended
The Old Dubbo Gaol caters for all levels of interest especially families. You will meet, hear and see the Condemned Man, the Ghost of Old Dubbo Gaol, the Executioner and the Gallows.
Experience the eerie silence of solitary confinement, view the living conditions and examples of prison labour, inspect actual prisoner records and discover their crimes and sentences.
Old Dubbo Gaol is one of many popular tourist attractions in Central West NSW. This fully restored 1800s Gaol is enhanced with some of the latest technology in entertainment -
Daily Theatrical Performances
Fun Kids activities
- that bring to life the stories and atmosphere of this fascinating place and relic of pioneering Australia.
The Old Dubbo Gaol operated between the 1880s and 1966. During that time it housed many criminals as well as unfortunate people caught up in the harsh laws of the colony including the poor, the mentally ill and even children. The Dubbo Gaol tells their stories. Some had sensational lives as bushrangers, thieves and killers. Eight people were hung at the gaol and a new holographic display tells the story of the hangman, "Nosey Bob".
Another attraction of the Gaol is the display relating the life of "Tracker Riley", the first Aboriginal tracker to be promoted to Police Sergeant in New South Wales. Riley became famous for tracking lost children, finding criminals and locating the bodies of murder victims. A self-guided tour of the gaol takes about one hour, and a guided tour can be arranged for groups.
A LITTLE ABOUT OLD DUBBO GAOL:
The Old Dubbo Gaol is a small, compact gaol located within the CBD of Dubbo City. The enclosing wall is extensive and high. It is built of Dubbo red-brown bricks in English bond, with piers, laid in lime mortar. Above the north-eastern corner of the wall is a watchtower having a wide eaved roof of corrugated iron.
The structures inside the gaol wall include:-
The main male cell block with 12 ordinary cells and specialised cells comprising two solitary confinement cells, a padded cell, a condemned cell.
The female cell block comprising two cells, a bathroom and exercise yard.
The infirmary and kitchen block, including a kitchen, infirmary
Library, bathroom, two store rooms, two offices; two remand yards adjacent to a debtors exercise yard and an early toilet block, laundry building with toilets and fenced exercise yards, sanitary disposal facility, toilet.
The buildings are mainly sandstone with hipped corrugated iron roofs, while the entrance, watchtower and women’s cell block are of brick. The infirmary and kitchen and the male exercise yard feature simple wooden brackets to the verandah posts.
**The gallows have been re-erected.
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