Fannie Bay Gaol

Fannie Bay Gaol is an historic site. The gaol operated as Her Majesty's Gaol and Labour Prison, for almost 100 years.


Her Majesty's Gaol and Labour Prison was Darwin's main prison from 20 September 1883 until 1 September 1979. In 1979 prisoners were relocated to the correctional facility located in Berrimah.

Now an important historic site, Fannie Bay Gaol attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Male and female prisoners were held in separate buildings from 1928. The female prison block included a small garden designed to keep the prisoners busy. An infirmary was added in 1887, which contained gallows used up until the last executions held in the Northern Territory in 1952. A watch tower, "native section" for Aboriginal prisoners, kitchen mess building, remand section and two maximum security wings were added during the 1950s.

Fannie Bay Gaol

Cnr East Point Rd & Ross Smith Ave, Fannie Bay

Open Saturday: 10am–2pm
+61 8 8941 2260

Closed Sunday – Friday.

Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday

Function Hire


Hold your event of the year at one of Darwin's most unique historic locations.
This iconic space holds up to 500 people and looks out towards the Arafura Sea.


Museum and Art Gallery
of the Northern Territory

GPO Box 4646,
Darwin NT 0801

+61 8 8999 8264
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Fannie Bay Gaol