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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  • The old jail was a delight and the staff were very knowledgeable. There was a video to start with and you get more information from that  more »
  • We went there on a very wet day so there was a lot of water around, but that only added to the eerie feeling of the place. It is very interesting and there is plenty of signage explaining all about th...  more »
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  • Very interesting spot to spend a few hours. Well priced, self guided tour with excellent plaques and audio installations that provide contextual information about the history and significance of the site. This is an open air museum, so not a great spot to spend a wet day, nor is it appropriate for individuals with mobility issues.
  • Outstanding Campsite Location... No wonder bookings have to be secured a year in advance. Gorgeous beach with lots of opportunities to engage in different activities from kite surfing when the wind is blowing to SUP'ing when it is calm. Great ablutions and laundry facilities... Highly recommended and we'll definitely be going back!
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