Trial Bay Gaol

Today started with a group breakfast at Trial Bay Kiosk then a walk up to the German Cemetery.

Trial Bay Gaol is full of history. The gaol opened in 1886, after 13 years of construction. It must have been a strange feeling building a prison in such a beautiful setting. The prison labourers were there to construct a breakwater to make Trial Bay a safe harbour between Sydney and Brisbane. Unfortunately the scheme failed, however the remains of the breakwater can still be seen from the guard tower lookout.

During World War I the gaol became an internment camp for people of German descent who were feared to be enemy sympathisers. We walked to a cemetery which was built for those who died during the internment.

You can find out more about Trial Bay Gaol and internment camp on Wikipedia.

Summing up…

  • What did we think? – a beautiful location and totally worth a visit
  • Was it value for money? – yes; take a tour if you have not done it before. Adult $11. Concession $8. Family $30 (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Would we return? – yes
  • Overall Score – 9/10
  • How do you book a tour? – try TripAdvisor

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