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Walk on the dark side: Sunset tour for adults

Arakoon National Park

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Wander through the old Trial Bay Gaol at sunset, in Arakoon National Park, near South West Rocks. Visit the darker side of history and hear stories of prisoners' crimes and experiences here.


Thursday 11 and 18 April and Thursday 11 and 18 July 2024, 5pm to 6.30pm.

Easy. Suitable for adults only, strictly 16 years and older. There are uneven surfaces, grass areas and paved stonework.

Adult $20 per person.

Meeting point
Entrance to Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park.
What to
Sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, torch
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
Please note

Tour content includes sordid tales and gore.

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You'll meet your ranger on the front gates and be guided on a special 1km tour, to visit the uncensored side of history. You'll hear about true and horrid crimes, including stories of bushrangers, murderers and pirates, and the brutal punishments of the late 1800s.

Learn about the German internees during World War I, and how they passed their time living in overcrowded cells. These tales are not for the light-hearted. Content includes sordid tales and gore. A highlight is the opportunity to experience the darkened cells reserved for solitary confinement of the worst prisoners.

Remember to wear closed shoes and a warm jacket when conditions are cooler. 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