Opening in 1853, the Geelong Gaol was one of the largest prisons in Victoria, housing 100s of convicted criminals.

Throughout its time, it was known as the Prison of the Ill, an industrial school for young girls, and a detention barracks for the military. Throughout that time, one thing remained true: Everyone inside wanted to get out.

Join our costumed guides to hear tales of how the men, woman and children incarcerated within the prison’s walls escaped the hands of justice.

This daytime tour explores parts of the gaol not open to the public.

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