Berrima Gaol breaks open its doors

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With a history spanning 176 years, one of Australia’s most historic gaols opens its doors to the public on Australia Day in 2015.

Over the Australia Day Weekend, Berrima Gaol will open for self-guided tours, a Saturday night Bush Dance, and an opera on the Sunday evening.

Few people have ever seen what lays beyond the forbidding gate and high sandstone walls but here’s a recent video.

Operational between 1839 and 2011, at the time of its closure, Berrima’s gaol was the oldest Australian correctional facility in operation.

Next Australia Day Long Weekend, the Rotary Club of Berrima District has obtained permission to open the gaol, giving unprecedented access to residents and tourists.

Mark your diaries!

Saturday 24 January
Sunday 25 January
Monday 26 January


Self-Guided Tours: Sat/Sun/Mon 9 am to 5 pm
Bush Dance: Saturday night
Opera in the Gaol: Sunday night

Buy your tickets:

Ticketing and detailed event information is available by clicking the Berrima Gaolbreak image above, at or phone Destination Southern Highlands for bookings and accommodation assistance on 1300 657 559.

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