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.


Sculpture in the Gaol

5th August to 1st September 2018

Following the success of the Sculpture in the Gaol exhibition over the past ten years, Trial Bay Gaol will once again be transformed into a dramatic artistic landscape with sculptures displayed throughout the Gaol site. South West Rocks Chamber of Commerce and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service wish to invite you to participate in the 2018 Sculpture in the Gaol Exhibition, along with celebrating the closure of the Trial Bay German Internment Camp.

Entry for the gala event is only a gold coin donation otherwise standard Gaol entry fee applies.

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