Trial Bay Gaol

Banner Photo: Rob Cleary

Explore Historic Ruins

Make time for a glimpse into Australian history, exploring the historic ruins of Trial Bay Gaol. You can step back in time and take 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.


Trial Bay Gaol in South West Rocks, North Coast

Photo: Jeffrey Drewitz; Destination NSW

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