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Where history comes to life, this 19th century prison explores the brutality of prison life, the daring escapes and heritage of the site delivered in a mix of theatrical performances and modern immersive displays.

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Visiting Hours

Explore the gaol in your own time or catch (literally!) our characters in costume as they dare to outsmart the Gaol Warder. For some tall tales and performances by our animated wardens and prisoners check out our tours and performance schedule for entertaining stories on prison life and their attempts to breakout. Good behaviour is rewarded so purchase your tickets in advance online and receive a 10% discount.

Open 7 days 

9am – 5pm 

Closed Christmas Day

Entry Fee & Costs $22.50 Adult | $8 Child see more on our visit page.

Souvenirs & Shop

Raid our museum shop for souvenir and provisions. Grab a souvenir distinctly unique, from produce and merchandise with regional flair to convict keepsakes perfect for the sneaky escapee! So make sure you wander through to make your stay (or escape) more memorable.

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Keep A Look Out

Look out for our imposing gates on the main street of Dubbo. For the best parking, options are at the Visitor Information Centre & Macquarie Library both offer all day parking. Street parking in Macquarie and Talbragar Streets is restricted, please adhere to the street signage or you may encounter our CBD parking wardens and experience your own brush with the establishment.

A Bus Area is zoned less than 100mtrs from the entrance, on Macquarie Street. Bus parking is available at the Visitor Information Centre only a block away.

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2023 NSW Tourism  Awards:  Tourist Attractions


The awards managed by NSW Tourism Industry Council powered by Business NSW and supported by NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW recognised the Old Dubbo Gaol for its excellence in Tourist Attractions and its contribution to the Visitor Economy.  Full list of Awards & Winners.

2022 National Trust Heritage Awards: Education and Interpretation, WINNER

The Old Dubbo Goal was recognised at their National Trust Heritage Awards for its recent upgrades, the category recognises projects that serve to educate or interpret our heritage in an engaging way. Our Stage 1 upgrade in a huge transformation, it is one of Dubbo's most significant and highly visited cultural tourism attractions. Judges were particularly impressed by the impactful showcases, installations, interpretive artworks and mulit-media presentations that will enhance visitor interpretations and make for a compelling visitor experience. Find out more here.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Old Dubbo Gaol would like to acknowledge the Wiradjuri people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Land on which we sit. We ask that you pay respects to Elders both past and present and extend that respect to other Indigenous Australians on country. We would also like to acknowledge the Old Dubbo Gaols history which included the incarceration of Indigenous Australians. Exhibitions on display are presented within a historical context and may contain descriptions and language which is now seen as inappropriate. Exhibitions may include images of deceased Indigenous Australians.

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