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Great History

Great place to visit if you are in the Area, Built in 1886, has a good museum, entry is $11 adult... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Umina Beach, Australia
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Such history !

I have visited this Gaol many, many times in my life & always find something that I didnt know... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joanne N
Kempsey, Australia
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Cardwell Street | Arakoon National Park, South West Rocks, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 6566 6168
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit if you are in the Area, Built in 1886, has a good museum, entry is $11 adult, $8 concession, $30 Family, open daily 9 - 4.30, you can do a self guided tour, or there is also beautiful coastal scenery around...More

Thank Anniewhatto
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited this Gaol many, many times in my life & always find something that I didnt know about before. It must have been a busy place in its hey day. A place well worth visiting..then when you go outside you can stand on...More

Thank Joanne N
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting place to spend quiet some time there , it is self guided with all sections well sign posted , also there is a theatre with all the commentary in the film . The view from the watch tower is fantastic , as...More

Thank edwinf1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our family - teens and younger child - and all found it interesting. $30 entrance fee for family was ok price, but wouldn’t want to be more $. We took lots of photos. Lots of information to read and learn about previous generations....More

Thank Petalplum
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite interesting history.We walked from the hertigage guest house. Would have liked to see more information .

Thank John A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is worth a visit. My 4 year old enjoyed it! Went as a large group 6 adults and 2 kids w everyone was happy to visit. Not expensive either. Watch tower is a highlight

Thank Hurricanelightning
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is not only very interesting and informative with its shown history and development, it is a really beatiful place. There are some walking trails around to the German Monument for example. There is a close campground with a lot of Eastern Grey, wich are...More

Thank FVollmer2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not far out of town, perched atop seaside cliffs with a magic view. Plenty of parking, and the admission fees are ok.

Thank Pierce_Rekk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took my two children there aged 6 & 8. They had a great time and found the Gaol very interesting. My 8yr old loves reading all about the history there. She has a great time and really got into it. There was a lot more...More

Thank celestelk1988
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting and informative part of our history. Well built and worth the drive out to see. If the walls could talk it would be worth listening. I didn't see any ghosts but I am sure they are there!

Thank Nannyjo01
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9 October 2017|
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Response from Craig T | Reviewed this property |
Pretty sure no,it's within a National Park area.But check.
9 October 2017|
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Response from Drew M | Reviewed this property |
Never a silly question! I didn't see any pets and suspect it's National park or state reserve surrounding the gaol so definitely would need to check.
26 March 2017|
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Response from Sue C | Reviewed this property |
You would catch a train from Central (Sydney) to Kempsey. It is over 7 hours trip, and cots between $60 - $80. Then you would have to get a taxi or a bus to South West Rocks (about 30 minutes), then you would have to get... More