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Meet Your Friendly Wardens

About The Old Mount Gambier GaolOur gaol journey all began with our vision to turn an old debilitated building into a vibrant community asset. We originally hoped to create a new atmosphere that was warm, inviting and both community and family focused.

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Recent Blog Posts

November 3, 2015 |

We are baaccckkkk!

Hi there! Well it has certainly been a long time between posts. Sorry from all of us here at ‘The Old Gaol’, we have not forgotten you, but we have been a little bit busy. We were adding to our little gaol family and now boast three healthy and cheeky inmates! We have finally finished with the baby making and feel very blessed and grateful for our beautiful children and excited for the next chapter of our lives. So now we move onto a new and exciting phase for us and The Old Gaol! With Mel no longer incubating and delivering our children we are both back in our beloved business full time. We...

December 2, 2013 |

Take a tour of ‘The Old Gaol’….

Got time to kill? Looking for something a little different to do? If you love historical buildings or just want a ‘nosy’, come down for a tour of ‘The Old Mount Gambier Gaol’. We offer a couple of different options for tour- goers. Self Guided Tours are great for people who would like to wander through the facility at their own pace, read the interactive signage, look at photos, take their own snaps and generally take their time. Each person is given a map of the gaol at the beginning of their tour which shows you which way to go, whilst also giving you extra information about the areas you are visiting and how...

November 29, 2013 |

Mount Gambier’s ‘Bail Out’ Event 2013

Earlier this year The Old Gaol teamed up with SAPOL, (in-particular the Blue Light division) and helped introduce a charitable event to Mount Gambier. White Lion is an Australian non for profit organisation that holds annual events in many of our countries metropolitan cities, these events are named’Bail Out’. To sum up this event.. we basically put the call out for local people to donate their time to become inmates for an evening. These inmates then have a job to raise funds to enable them to be ‘bailed out’ of their prison cell, just in time for some education sessions, exercise in the yards, a court case and an after party. The funds raised...

November 25, 2013 |

International Travellers

It is so exciting to have a business where you can meet people from all over the world. Whether it a single traveller spontaneously going wherever each takes them or families who travel with a plan. I have travelled over 40 countries in my lifetime and have enjoyed many of my own experiences but now that I have a family and business of my own it is a lot harder to travel so the next best thing is that travellers come to me and our amazing old building and feel the energy and attraction that is the Old Mt Gambier Gaol. The Holder family is one such family that felt the Old Gaol heartbeat...

November 13, 2013 |

My first blog!

Welcome to my first blog. I never thought I would ever be a writer or a blogger but better late than ever! My wife Melissa and I started the Old Gaol on the 1st of  October 2010. It has been a huge project for the both of us and one that will forever change our lives. From a decrepit old building to a multi award winning establishment we have built the Old Gaol from the ground up (except of course the building itself) and we are both very proud of what the Old Gaol has become. Over the three years we have tried different avenues on what is to be successful at the gaol...

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