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Dark and deadly deeds: Trial Bay Gaol sunset tour

Arakoon National Park


Wander through the old Trial Bay Gaol at sunset. Hear about the prisoners' crimes and deeds here during World War I.


Thursday 3 October and Thursday 10 October 2019, 5pm to 7pm.

Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon National Park
Easy. Suitable for older teenagers and adults. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Adult $20 per person. Child $10 per person. Family $50 for 2 adults and 2 children.

Meeting point
Main gates of Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park.
Bookings required. Email Trial Bay Gaol or call 02 6566 6168.
Also available on request, subject to availability.

Join this captivating tour of Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park. You'll discover the crimes committed by the public works prisoners here in the late 1800s, and how they laboured in vain to build the breakwater. Learn about the German internees during World War I, how they passed their time living in overcrowded cells and the death from a shark attack. Find out why they eventually set the gaol on fire.

Remember to wear closed shoes and a warm jacket. If you're camping nearby, it's a good idea to bring a small hand torch so you can return safely to your campsite after sunset.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Looking thought the stone arches, Trial Bay Gaol. Photo: Debby McGerty