Trial Bay Gaol

Grade 2 Grade 2

Arakoon NP, NSW
0.5 km (1 hr )

The heritage listed Trial Bay Gaol (1886) is situated within Arakoon National Park, near South West Rocks on New South Wales's north coast. The gaol was originally constructed to house convicts who were to build a breakwater for the safe anchorage of ships between Port Stephens and Moreton Bay. This ultimately was abandoned, and the gaol fell into disuse until it was resurrected as an internment camp for German prisoners and enemy aliens during World War 1.

I took a self-guided tour of the gaol which features a number of exhibits as well as some stunning views of Trial Bay. Definitely worth a visit.

Trial Bay Gaol