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Get Locked up at Boggo Road Gaol these School Holidays

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An interactive, must-do experience for the whole family

Boggo Road Gaol History Tour is the "must-do" family-friendly experience to take the kids to these school holidays.

Ranked #4 in Things To Do Brisbane on TripAdvisor

Certificate of Excellence awarded for the fourth year in a row since 2014

Steeped in over 100 years of history, Boggo Road Gaol is one of Brisbane's most intriguing and culture-enriched heritage sites.

Originally built in 1883, it became the scene of many important moments in Australia's history. From its opening to its official closure in 1992, the trials and tribulations of the Boggo Road era have been preserved by story-telling, anecdotes and raw historical evidence that now make up the foundation of Boggo Road Gaol's family-friendly History Tour.

Purchase a family ticket for the daily History tour for only $59.00 these school holidays! Admission for 2 Adults and 2 Children.


Purchase a single family ticket for only $55.00 (Admission for 1 Adult and up to 3 children).

History Tours run 7 days a week from 11am - 12:30pm (1.5 hour guided walking tour). Plus there is an additional tour session for the QLD school holidays (Saturday, 27 June - Sunday, 12 July) from 1pm - 2:30pm.

One of Brisbane's best all-ages attractions, Boggo Road Gaol's daily interactive History Tour takes you behind the famous red brick walls and invites you to relive the many mysteries of the gaol. Alongside a friendly tour guide, you'll walk through the gatehouse, exercise yards, the 'circle', two of the original cell blocks where prisoners staged a rooftop protest, and the cell that held notorious escapologist, Slim Halliday aka "The Houdini of Boggo Road Gaol". Kids will find themselves thrust back in time as they ring the gaol bell, view original graffiti and climb the stairs inside the cell blocks.

Please note with maintenance work underway at the gaol by QBuild, particularly to the gatehouse, the tours will take guests through a section of the gaol which they normally wouldn't get to see, including the Barber Shop, the Detention Unit, the Dormitories and the old Bakery. The gatehouse will still be visible from inside the gaol walls.

There will also be a special edition of the History Tour on Sunday, 5 July where visitors will get to take part in a live re-enactment. Step back into the early 1900s and join the Female Division in the yards for roll call and experience day to day duties, including sweeping, scrubbing, shoe shining, lining up and more! You might even get to take on a prisoner identity and be able to play out the part of a prisoner. The re-enactment will bring the jail to life and is suitable for all ages. It is kid-friendly and wheelchair accessible.

The gaol is also running a Prisoner Tour led by a former prisoner; an Escapes Tour which will show where and how several inmates escaped Boggo Road Gaol; and a Ghosts and Gallows Tour on selected evenings.

Don't forget to stop by the onsite Gaol Shop which stocks several kid-friendly souvenirs including magnets, posters and even Gaol Director, Jack Sim's book collection including the latest release History of Boggo Road Gaol 1883-1999 at the special discounted price of $25.00 (RRP $35.00).

Boggo Road Gaol is a stone's throw from Brisbane CBD and is located directly adjacent Park Road Train Station and Boggo Road Bus Station. Travelling via the Cleveland, Beenleigh or Gold Coast lines, Boggo Road Gaol is as easily accessible by public transport as it is via car or coach.

There is a small amount of onsite parking, and street parking surrounding the area. Likewise, the gaol is fitted with disability ramps and honours companion cards free of charge.

So come get "locked up" with the kids at Boggo Road Gaol these school holidays.

Book via the website or contact the Bookings Coordinator today through email or call 3844 0059 / 0411 111 903.

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When: History Tours run 7 days a week from 11am - 12:30pm
Plus an additional tour session for the QLD school holidays (Saturday, 27 June - Sunday, 12 July) from 1pm - 2:30pm.
Where: Front gates, Boggo Road Gaol, Corner Boggo Road and Annerley Road, Dutton Park.
Cost: $15-$59
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We went to the Gaol yesterday and there was no re-enactment as stated in this article. We specifically booked that day after reading about it in this article and our sons were disappointed that we did not see it. I had emailed the Gaol to confirm the date before hand, but had no response.
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