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Maitland Gaol

Museums, History
An aerial view of Maitland Gaol
Photograph: Maitland City Council

Time Out says

Explore the prison that housed some of Australia’s most notorious criminals

Maitland Gaol is a heritage-listed site of architectural intrigue and beauty, filled with morbid surprises and packed with enough criminal history to get even the most casual of true crime fanatics excited. With a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years and a list of infamous inmates including Ivan Milat, the former maximum security prison has made an impressive transformation into the Hunter’s most fascinating tourist attraction since its closure in 1998. You can take a self-guided audio tour any day of the week or be led around the grounds by an ex-warder most weekends, with torchlight tours in the evenings for those game to up the spook-factor. 



Address: 6-18 John St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat, Sun 10am-4pm
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