Imagine the primitive conditions, learn the stories of the inmates and discover the ghoulish secrets at an eerie Adelaide icon. South Australia was founded by free men, rather than convicts, but still had its fair share of unsavoury characters.
To house the growing criminal element, Adelaide Gaol became South Australia's first prison, operating between 1841 and 1988.
From its’ grim outside, it’s clear The Old Gaol was no picnic for prisoners back in the day. Explore damp tiny cells with their primitive conditions, hear about torturous guards, grizzly tales and miserable experiences.
Visit the museum and learn about the conditions, items and artifacts which were used during the Gaol’s working life. Try on a set of handcuffs and leg-irons to see if you have what it takes to escape.
Self guided tours of the Gaol are available every day, but for those who want the true grit, take a Guided History Tours. They offer a fascinating insight into prison life and it’s history and are led by volunteers.
For the spooky set (and those over sixteen) twilight or evening Ghost Tours are also available. There’s also an archaeological site within the Gaol grounds that has been excavated and tells the story of Adelaide’s earliest settlers. The gaol is said to be the most haunted sight in South Australia.
The Old Adelaide Gaol is located in Adelaide's north western parklands at 18 Gaol Road Thebarton. There's plenty of parking and the Gaol has been adapted to allow access for people living with disabilities.