About the Old Dubbo Gaol

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The Old Dubbo Gaol was a courthouse lockup in 1847, was proclaimed an official Gaol in 1859 and closed operations as a penal institution in 1966. The Old Dubbo Gaol officially re-opened as a tourist attraction in 1974, and is now completely restored and home to a large display of animatronics and holographic displays which provide a realistic and fascinating insight into a bygone era of barbaric prison life.

Wandering around this unique collection of 19th century buildings and artefacts, learning the stories of prison life, and spending a moment in the pitch black of the solitary confinement cell, will be certain to send a chill up your spine.

The gaol offers an array of both day and night visiting options, as well as a unique setting for events. Explore the gaol grounds any day except Christmas with a self-guided tour and catch a theatrical display by some of our comical wardens or prisoners. Book in a group or school visit with our fully guided options or enter after hours for a night tour. Click on the above links to find out more!


If you live in the Dubbo Local Government area then your admission into the Old Dubbo Gaol during the day is free. The 'Prisoner 2830' offer means all you need to do is show photo i.d. and you're in Gaol for free! 

'Prisoner 2830' is running for a limited time so take advantage of this wonderful offer.


The entrance to the Old Dubbo Gaol is located just off Macquarie Street, near the old clock tower and across the road from Woolworths

Untitled Document Opening Hours

9:00am to 4:00pm everyday (except Christmas Day)

Contact details

90 Macquarie Street,  Dubbo NSW 2830
Phone:   (02) 6801 4460
Fax:       (02) 6801 4469
Email:    odg@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

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