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Old Melbourne Gaol - Spooky Time!

Melbourne, VIC, Australia
20 Kudos
Once a Gaol, now a museum with guided tours and self guided tours. For us Americans who are into old prison systems, this was a treat for us. Originally, I was trying to get us to a different area but stumbled upon this on google maps (another win!) and thought, why not?! We got a bit lost trying to find the entrance when this is situated right smack in the middle of the University but we eventually found it and the line! We managed to catch one of the last tours of the afternoon and the prices range on what type of tour it is. I’m assuming it’s anywhere from 28-40 Australian dollars. A bit pricey but when you only have two full days, we did as much as we could if we could manage it on our budget.
Our tour took us into cells, and padded cells where we were locked down for 5 minutes. It was definitely an experience! It’s actually two different buildings, the Gaol is self guided with the Watch house is guided.
The Gaol is reminiscent of Eastern State Penitentiary with its three levels and narrow walkways. At one end is where they would hang prisoners, also bathrooms are close to this area, but this gives one a creepy feeling. Even so, the area is filled with light (in the morning and afternoon) so it’s a weird creepy feeling as opposed to a night tour. I would say this could be a family fun tour depending on the tour you purchase, but possibly not for the very little ones! Funny note, we had no clue ‘gaol’ was pronounced ‘jail’ and it was amusing when we found out were pronouncing it completely wrong!
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Russell St/La Trobe St
City Circle Tram takes you to this stop for free, just down the block from the Gaol!
Melbourne Central Station
Near enough to the Gaol, only a two minute walk or so.

Culture and experiences

Chinatown Melbourne 墨尔本唐人街
Lovely walk to where you can grab a excellent bite to eat in Chinatown.

Points of interest

State Library Victoria
Victorian landmark, opened in 1856, consisting of 23 classical buildings, with a grand reading room.
RMIT University
University campus that is situated right next to the Gaol

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