Visit Trial Bay Gaol

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Step back in time and discover the eerie ruins of Trial Bay Gaol. It’s harsh, cold stone walls seem out of place with the five star coastal views that surround it.

The gaol was built to house prisoners who were brought to the area in 1886 to construct a breakwater to make Trial Bay a safe harbour halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. The breakwater was never completed, but if you look out from the guard tower you can still see some of the remains. Then, during World War 1 the gaol was used once again, this time as an internment camp for local German residents who were suspected (almost always falsely) to be conspiring with the enemy. It hasn’t been used as an active gaol since, and is now an historic ruin.

Today, the gaol is a must-see attraction with a well curated museum of historic artefacts from the site, and a memorial to those who spent time within its walls.

Trial Bay Gaol entry:  Adult $11. Concession $8. Family $30 (two adults and two children).

Opening hours: 

  • Daily, open 9am – 4.30pm
  • Closed on Christmas Day

Phone: 02 6566 6168


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