Trial Bay Gaol – BBQ’s, swimming, camping and historical site

Cardwell Street , Arakoon National ParkSouth West Rocks NSW 2431

Trial Bay Gaol opened in 1886 as a works prison and utilised in World War One as a German internment camp, closed in 1918. It is located in the Arakoon National Park just 5 kilometres east of the coastal town of South West Rocks.

Open 9.00 – 4.30 daily

Gaol and museum entry; Adults $7.50 Concession $5.00
Family 2 Adults and 2 Children $20.00

Self-guided tours of the gaol are also available between 9.00am -4.00pm daily

Trial Bay Gaol is one of the most popular attractions on the mid north coast of NSW, Australia, with spectacular scenery ranging from the extensive gaol ruins, to the natural beauty of Trial Bay, the coast and beaches. Visitors can camp or use the barbeque’s and picnic areas, tour the gaol and museum, go swimming or bushwalking . Walks range from an easy 10 minutes up to difficult 4 hours. Walking maps available.

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  • Special Needs
  • The Arts
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  • $10
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  • $100+

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