Trial Bay Gaol

Step back in time on a guided tour of Trial Bay Gaol, soaking up the history and the amazing coastal views that surround it.
The gaol opened in 1886, after 13 years of construction. It must have been a strange feeling building a prison in such a beautiful setting. The prison labourers were there to construct a breakwater to make Trial Bay a safe harbour between Sydney and Brisbane. Unfortunately the scheme failed, however you’ll still be able to see the remains of the breakwater from the guard tower lookout. During World War I the gaol became an internment camp for people of German descent who were feared to be enemy sympathisers.
Today, this picturesque historic ruin stands as a testament to those who lived and died here, with a museum and memorial for visitors to get a better idea of life in those days. Feeling energetic? Try the nearby Powder Magazine walking track or Monument Hill walking track.

Nearby events

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    Wednesday 28 March 2018 to Wednesday 11 July 2018 , South West Rocks

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  2. Kempsey Riverside Market

    Saturday 07 April 2018 to Saturday 05 May 2018 , Kempsey

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    Event dates to be confirmed: May 2018 , Crescent Head

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