The Boggo Road Situation – April 2023

The Boggo Road heritage prison is currently closed pending the completion of nearby construction work. The site is in the portfolio of the Dept of Energy and Public Works, but it is not known when the prison will reopen.

Although various official plans have come and gone since 2005, there is still some uncertainty over how the prison site will be managed when it eventually reopens.

At the moment, people involved with the Boggo Arts and Heritage Alliance are assessing the situation, engaging with communities, and aiming to develop positive plans for the future of Boggo Road that will create exciting opportunities for many different stakeholders and offer a dynamic range of activities for visitors.

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Access Prices for Australian Heritage Gaols

Despite most of its prison buildings being closed to visitors, Boggo Road Gaol had some of the most expensive prices of any Australian heritage prison.

The following information was correct as of March 2022.

Boggo Road Gaol (Boggo Road Gaol Pty Ltd/Ghost Tours)
– Ghost Tour – $45/40
– History Tour (day) – $30/27.50
– Prisoner/officer tour – $37.50/35
Awards won: None

Melbourne Gaol (National Trust Victoria)
– Self-guided tour with audio guide app. – $30/25
– Ghost Tour – $38/35
– Hangman Tour (night) – $38/35
Awards won: Qantas Tourism Awards

Fremantle Prison (WA Government)
– Day tours (various themes) – $22/19
– Torchlight Tour – $28/24
Awards won: Australian Tourism Awards, WA Tourism Awards, Fremantle Business Award, Fremantle Heritage Awards, WA Architecture Awards

Dubbo Gaol (Dubbo Regional Council)
– Twilight Tour – $36.50/31.5
– General admission – $20/16.30
– Beyond the Grave – $49/43 (includes whole day entry)
Awards won: NSW Tourism Awards

Port Arthur (Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority) (not-for-profit)
– Entry for two days, tour, cruise – $45/36
– Isle of the Dead cemetery tour – $30
– Escape Tour – $20
– Commandant’s Tour – $30
– Ghost Tour – $35
Awards won: Australian Tourism Awards, Australian Traveller People’s Choice Award, Tasmanian Tourism Awards, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards

Maitland Gaol (Maitland City Council)
– Self-guided audio tour – $19/13
– Lock and Key Tour – $30/24
– Night Tour – $36/31
– Escapes Tour – $36/31
– Ex-Warder Tour (day) – $30/24
– Ex-Warder Tour – (night) $36/31
Awards won: None

Hobart Gaol (National Trust Tasmania)
– General entry – $25/20
– Ghost Tour – $35
Awards won: None

Adelaide Gaol (SA Government)
– History tour – $25 (Adelaide Gaol Preservation Society)
– Twilight tour – $25 (AGPS)
– Murder tour $35 (AGPS)
– Ghost tour – $35 (AGPS)
Another three ‘ghost tour’ companies also run tours here, with prices ranging from $39 – $44
Awards won: None

Cascades Female Factory
(Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority) (not-for-profit)
– Self-guided audio tour – $25/10
– Self-guided tour and Convict Women’s Tour – $35/20
– Self-guided audio tour, Convict Women’s Tour, and ‘Proud and the Punished’ theatre performance – $45/35
– Self-guided audio tour, and ‘Proud and the Punished’ theatre performance – $35/20
Awards won: Tasmanian Tourism Awards

Melbourne Gaol. (Image: Weekend Notes)