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Looming atop the western horizon in Castlemaine sits a symbol of justice for the Goldfields. The Old Castlemaine Gaol was first built in 1861 and has been through many changes during its 130 years of operation.

Many criminals have been held in the cells, including some infamous characters. Come join Old Castlemaine Gaol for a tour to find out about its lengthy history and the secrets that lie behind the walls.

The Governor's Cafe is located in the former governor's house and is open for breakfast and lunch, Thursday to Monday (closed Tuesday & Wednesday).

Guided tours of the gaol run Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm.

Self guided tours run everyday between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Private tours are available by request.

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Content: Old Castlemaine Gaol

Price & booking


Type Entry cost
Self guided tours: $10 per person Guided tours: $20/$15 concession
$10.00 - $20.00

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  • Café
  • Car park
Opening hours:
  • Daily
    9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Visitor Information Centre