Fannie Bay Gaol Darwin
Where are we going today?
Fannie Bay Gaol is rich in social history and considered one of the Territory's most important heritage sites. Fannie Bay Gaol operated as Her Majesty's Gaol and Labour Prison in Darwin from 20 September 1883 until 1 September 1979. Children particularly will be amazed at the enforced hardship on display here compared to modern prisons.
The original building comprises Blocks A and B containing six cells, and a kitchen and a wash house. The Infirmary was added in 1887 and contains the gallows installed for the last executions held in the Territory in 1952. Exploration is self guided so you can let the kids lead where their interest draw them.
A separate cell block for female prisoners was added in 1928, and a watch tower, "native section" for Aboriginal prisoners, kitchen mess building, remand section and two maximum security wings were added during the 1950s. Some really vital concepts are introduced in this trip.
When can we go?
10am to 3pm daily. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday.
Any Top Tips?
Prepare the kids with some gaol style stories so they get the most out of it..
Need a little extra help?
Wheelchair access throughout..
What people are saying?
by Tony Renter
Well worth a visit. Great to learn about the history of Darwin.
by Simon Porter
Awesome place to visit, it's a great way to learn about penal systems in Australia as well as how it differed in northern Australia. I was told it'd take an hour but allow 2 or more if you like to look and read..
by Noel Jacobson
Free entry now. Well maintained and lots of signage. Worth the visit, closes at 3. While you're here get yourself to the Old Qantas Hangar that's nearby. It's not on the maps so ask around.
by Dominic Olsson
Great value given that it's free or a donation. Mostly modern buildings but they show the prison life well. An inmate art section and a display about the last hangings at the gaol.
by A Google User