Trial Bay Gaol

Take a journey back in time…


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 is open from 9am to 4:30pm.

Prices for Entry:

Adult $11 | Concession $8 | Family $30

Check out the Trial Bay Goal Fact Sheet here for help in planning your day trip.


Guided Tours Available

Explore Trial Bay Gaol by twilight with National Parks and Wildlife Services. Discover what life was like for prisoners and hear their stories as you watch the sun set in beautiful Arakoon National Park. Your guide will share some great stories about the villains and heroes who lived here, and the fate that met gaol escapees. You’ll climb the steep steps to the lookout tower and gaze over the bay and its wildlife at dusk. Delight in the gaol’s ruined colonial architecture set against the stunning natural backdrop at this golden hour.

Trial Bay Twilight Tours – Treat the family to this fascinating guided walk around the gaol as the sun sets.

Friday 3 March, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December, 22 December, 29 December 2023: 5.30pm to 7pm
Friday 5 May, 2 June, 7 July, 14 July, 4 August, 1 September, 29 September 2023: 4pm to 5.30pm

Life behind Bars: Kids Tour – Come along and find out what life behind bars was really like for the prisoners.

July 3rd, 5th, 10th & 12th: 3:30pm to 5pm.
September 25th & 27th: 3:30pm to 5pm.
October 4th: 4.30pm to 6pm.

Walk on the Dark-side: Sunset Tour – Visit the darker side of history and hear stories of prisoners’ crimes and experiences here.

July 6th & 13th: 6pm to 7:30pm
September 28th: 6pm to 7:30pm
October 5th: 7pm to 8:30pm
December 21st & 28th: 7pm to 8:30pm


Price: Adult $20 per person. Child (4 to 16 years) $10 per person. Family $50 for 2 adults and 2 children.

Bookings are required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online here.

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