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

3rd August to 31st August 2019

The official opening of Sculpture in the Gaol will take place on Sunday 4th August from 11am at Trial Bay Gaol.

Gaze in amazement at the cleverly crafted sculptures, produced by local school students and regional artists.

The official opening will also be marked with delicious local food stalls, coffee, kids entertainment, local stalls and historical information about Trial Bay Gaol.

For the duration of the event the historic grounds of Trial Bay Gaol will be transformed into a dramatic landscape filled with sculptures for this stunning exhibition. Why not also take the opportunity to read about the Gaol’s famous history and its hidden secrets whilst your there.

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

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