Fannie Bay Gaol

Fannie Bay, NT

Where are we going?

Fannie Bay Gaol
E Point Rd & Ross Smith Ave
Fannie Bay
NT 0820 Australia

8 8999 8264

What is there to do?

Kids - for your next family day out, you're going to gaol (but don't worry, you don't have to stay there!)

We're talking about Fannie Bay Gaol, which is not only rich in social history but also considered one of the Northern Territory's most important heritage sites - making for a very fascinating and historic family day out in NT

Ready to get the history lesson started? Okay then!

Fannie Bay Gaol operated as Her Majesty's Gaol and Labour Prison in Darwin from 1883 to 1979, with the original building comprising of Blocks A and B, both containing 6 cells, as well as 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 - they will be amazing at the enforced hardships on display at Fannie Bay Gaol compared to modern prisons.

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.

Today, Fannie Bay Gaol is an important historic site, and attracts thousands of visitors each year - so why not join them?

Admission is FREE to Fannie Bay Gaol, because everyone should be able to enjoy this incredibly fascinating piece of Australian history.

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free!

Children: Free!


Need a little extra help?

There is wheelchair access throughout.


When can we go?

10am - 3pm Wednesday to Sunday

Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, plus Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day


Any top tips?

Prepare the kids with some gaol style stories so they get the most out of it. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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