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.
Boggo Road Gaol will be closing for tours & events late 2015. The Gaol is to be redeveloped in 2016. The heritage-listed Gaol will be adaptively reused and the modern sections of the prison will be demolished to make way for bars, restaurants and cafes. Visitors will be able to eat and dine where prisoners served life sentences. Current plans are that one of the three original cellblocks will be retained in its original form; a new museum will tell the Gaol’s story with artefacts and displays. Please support Brisbane’s history and take a tour of Boggo Road before it closes. This is the public’s last chance to see the Gaol as it is.
Please join our Boggo Road Gaol Facebook page to be kept informed about the Gaol’s redevelopment.
Visit Gaol – Tours
- The Gaol is open 6 days – admission to the gaol is via a guided tour or via hiring the Gaol.
- 90 minute tours are run twice daily
- Our History Tour is run daily at 11am.
- Our Escapes Tour is run daily at 1pm.
- Each month we run our Graffiti Tour and Ex-Officer/Ex-Inmate Tour
- As of 1 June 2015 the times for our History tour will be running as follows:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 11am;
Sunday 9am (45 min), 10am (90min), 11am (90min), 12pm (45min)
- 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. Every Sunday the popular Boggo Road Markets are held outside the Gaol with food stalls, arts, crafts and entertainment – with extra tours run due to demand.
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 0401 666 442 or email email@example.com.
Or why not try our new Graffiti Tour and explore the images scrawled across the walls of No.2 Division. Tours are conducted on the last Sunday of each month – 10:15 am, tours can be booked via TicketLeap here. You could also try our new Escapes Tour, which details some of the dramatic escapes from No 2 Division. Tickets to our Escapes Tour can be booked via TicketLeap here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 & receptions, corporate 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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