Fannie Bay Gaol, Darwin

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Fannie Bay Gaol provides a sober, but fascinating look at the history of the penal system in the Northwest Territory. Opened in 1883 and running until 1979, this prison housed some notable Australian inmates. See the gallows used in 1952 to hang Jerry Coci and Jonus Novotny, Czechoslovakian immigrants who were the last prisoners that the Australian government executed. Tour the segregated cell blocks for female prisoners and for Aboriginal ones. Stay clear of aggressive nesting birds if you visit in December. Plan your Fannie Bay Gaol visit and explore what else you can see and do in Darwin using our Darwin trip builder website .
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  • Free entry & only a donation required to enter. Place is very basic & may improve with a review underway. Limited access to buildings & not a lot of info available. The old stone building features the...  more »
  • This was under repair when I went there but what I could see was great. Lots of information on how it was run and what happened there. worth a visit  more »
  • Right on the main road, the Fannie Bay Gaol is a really interesting sight to visit, seeing how the prisoners lived in Darwin and the gallows that were used to hang the last two infamous prisoners. Som...  more »
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  • Gold coin donation to get in which is nothing, helps towards current reno. Great piece of NT history. Helpful guy at front to give you a rundown on the place. Cells would have looked good if set up like they were in the day.. like Alcatraz.
  • What an amazing piece of NT history. Take your time to wander around and "feel" the atmosphere
  • Great piece of history. Is currently getting updated so some parts might be shut. Well worth checking out
  • Spooky, catch the number 4 or 6 buses to get here. Not sure about news Gaol entry fees!
  • It have been renovated. Really cool and interesting

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