Maitland Gaol


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A key anchor attraction of the Hunter, Maitland Gaol has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years. After housing some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals, Maitland Gaol closed in 1998.

Unlock the adventure as you serve a small amount of time learning about the facility, past prisoners and daring escapes.

Maitland Gaol offers visitors a range of exciting experiences, with themed guided tours during the day, as well as torchlight tours by night. Explore the site at your own pace with a self guided audio tour or if you???re feeling brave, Ghost Hunting 101 nights are the perfect next level experience.

The Gaol is also available as a destination for special events.

Visit the gaol seven days a week between 9.00am and 4.00pm weekdays and 10.00am and 4.00pm the weekends.

Visit for more information and to book tours online.

Location & Directions

  • 6-18 John Street, East Maitland NSW 2323, Australia

From Newcastle and Lake Macquarie drive west along the New England Highway following the signs to Maitland and Singleton. After 30 - 40 minutes you will arrive in East Maitland. At East Maitland take the Morpeth turn-off at Melbourne Street. Drive for 1km along Melbourne Street. After you drive under the railway line turn right at the round-a-bout into John Street. Maitland Gaol is located on top of the hill.

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  • 6-18 John Street, East Maitland NSW 2323, Australia
  • 02 4936 6482
  • Open 7 Days 10-3pm
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