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Boggo Road Gaol, one of the most notorious prisons in Australian history, is synonymous with rooftop riots, hunger strikes, protests and escapes. “Boggo” held many infamous inmates, including the Whiskey Au Go Go firebombers – John Andrew Stuart and James Richard Finch as well as the “Houdini of Boggo Road” Slim Halliday – who escaped twice. The remaining section of Boggo Road Gaol, Number Two Division, is just as it was when it closed. To learn more about The Gaol’s history, click here. 2014 marked 25 years since the closure of infamous Number Two Division following prisoner protests and the recommendations of the Kennedy Report. Boggo Road officially closed in 1992 – though the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre operated until 2002.

The Gaol is proposed to be redeveloped in 2017. The heritage-listed Gaol will be adaptively reused – Today the heritage-listed Gaol is part of the Boggo Road Urban Village – which will create a new residential, dining and retail precinct with the historic Gaol at its centre. The Gaol is managed under licence by Boggo Road Gaol Pty Ltd by company director Jack Sim. 2017 will be our 20th year operating tours and experiences at “Boggo”, thanks to strong community support.

Please join our Boggo Road Gaol Facebook page to be kept informed about the Gaol’s redevelopment.

Visit Gaol – Tours

  • The Gaol is open to the public Thursday to Sunday each week – admission to the Gaol is via a guided tour or via hiring the Gaol.
  • Our History Tour is Thursday – Saturday at 11am and Sundays from 11am
  • Each month we run our Ex-Officer/Ex-Inmate Tour
  • We also offer Escapes Tour and Graffiti Tour – please Contact us for next tour date.
  • Groups of 20 or more can book their own exclusive tours
  • Arrive 15 mins before tours commence to book or click below to get tickets to the History Tour.




Groups of 20 or more can book their own exclusive tours – discounts apply for tour groups, seniors & schools. Families are welcome. The Gaol can also be hired for events, functions, weddings or for film and photography.

The Boggo Road Gaol History Tour can be booked via TicketLeap here, or an Ex-Inmate/ Ex-Officer Tour via TicketLeap here. Groups of 20 or more can book our tours exclusively: contact 0411 111 903 or email grouptours@boggoroadgaol.com.

Or why not try our new Graffiti Tour and explore the images scrawled across the walls of No.2 Division – Contact us for next tour date or for a private booking of 20 or more.

Learn about the prisons’ haunted history on a Boggo Road Gaol Ghost Tour – hear stories of the executions, hangmen, legends and stories from officers and prisoners dating back to the 1930s – tours held every Wednesday and Sunday evening.  Those executed at the prison were buried at South Brisbane Cemetery – some are said to haunt this graveyard – join us for the South Brisbane Cemetery Ghost Tour every Saturday night. Book these ghost tours at Ghost Tours Website here or contact 0401 666 441 or email bookings@ghost-tours.com.au

Close to Brisbane’s CBD, Boggo is Brisbane’s most unique event venue – hire the Gaol for breakfast, high tea, cocktail function, 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th birthday parties, hen’s nights, buck’s nights, engagement parties, weddings & receptionscorporate functions, Christmas & New Years parties. Boggo has filled TV screens and front pages for decades. It is an impressive venue for photographic and film projects.

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