Old Dubbo Gaol

How would your kids like to meet a ghost? Old Dubbo Gaol’s animatronic displays, with their full- size models of prisoners, guards and the ghost of a hanged man, bring the terrible living conditions of  the 19th-century gaol to life. You’ll see a prisoner trying to escape over the wall, the hangman’s scaffold and noose, and lots of authentic and rare gaol artefacts. You can even go inside the solitary confinement cell, close the door, and see what it was like being locked up in the pitch dark!

Contact details

90 Macquarie St, Dubbo; (02) 6801 4460

 

www.olddubbogaol.com.au

Price range

MID-RANGE

Don't Miss

■ The live theatrical performances which make you feel as if you have gone back in time and joined the unhappy criminals in gaol! Phone ahead or check the website to find out days and times for these shows.

■ The family twilight tours, which are two hours of spooky fun. These are very popular so phone ahead to book.

Fabulous Facts

There were eight men hanged at Old Dubbo Gaol. One of the most notorious, Jacky Underwood,  lived as an outlaw for several months in early 1900, rampaging and murdering several people before  he was eventually captured. Underwood was involved in the Breelong Massacre, which famous  Australian author Thomas Keneally used as the basis for his novel The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith.

Insider Tips

■ Pick up a kids’ Super Sleuth activity pack on the way in.

■ The tours of the prison are self-guided, but there is plenty of information around to help you gain an insight into the penal system of the 1800s.
 
■ Arrive 15 minutes early for the theatrical displays to make sure you get seats.

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