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Trial Bay Gaol

Trial Bay Gaol is located on the mid-north coast of NSW near the township of South West Rocks. The area is now part of the Arakoon State Conservation Area and managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.


Interpretive Planning


NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service


The Trail Bay Gaol was established in the 1880s, originally to provide a workforce for a large breakwater and safe harbour refuge. Later during WW1, the gaol was used as an ‘enemy alien’ internees camp, and was eventually closed at the end of the war in 1918. The gaol is surrounded by a camping ground and is a major tourism venue for the local area.

LookEar was commissioned to develop an interpretation plan for the gaol and surrounding park. This involved the development of a series of interpretive themes, associated content and recommended interpretive structures and forms. The interpretation plan also ensured the integration of guided and self-guided interpretation.

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