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The Old Mount Gambier Gaol

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Voted the number one 'ex-prison' (offering accommodation) in the world by in April 2012!

We have converted ex-prison cells into dorm rooms, twin rooms and doubles. For the squeamish at heart we do also provide rooms which were not used as cells, but were instead the warden’s offices. All of our bathroom and kitchen facilities are communal. We do offer some cells with en-suite toilets.

We have three styles of dorm rooms available – 4 beds, 6 beds and 10 beds.

Double rooms contain a double bed, twins contain one set of single bunk beds.

Both sides of our Gaol have communal living areas and kitchens. We have two large outdoor courtyard areas for guests to relax or play in. We provide free WiFi for our guests during their stay. We also have ample free parking directly out the front.

We are happy to arrange free pick up or drop off for any of our guests to public transport depots within our business hours.

Please note all guests are required to arrive and check in before 9pm at night. Check out is at 10am.

You can expect friendly, helpful service during your stay here at the Gaol. Pop into the office on arrival, locate your cell, grab a complimentary tea or coffee and have a self-guided tour of the Gaol.

We are now also pleased to offer parking sites for camper vans. Prices are $12 per person per night and guests have full access to all facilities at The Old Mount Gambier Gaol.



  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transfers
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Bar
  • Linen Included
  • Laundry Facilities

Important Information

Please do NOT smoke in rooms. A cleaning charge will occur if the room smells of smoke when you check out, there is any damage or extensive cleaning to be performed.

Designated smoking areas, evacuation areas and general information are detailed on a map on your cell door.

Sleeping bags are NOT permitted in any of our rooms or cells, please leave in your car or at reception.

Blankets and sheets are provided and all rooms have access to communal showers and toilets. Towels are not provided, guests can either bring their own or hire a towel for $1.

Check out time is strictly 10am.
Late checkout will incur a fee.

In accordance with our liquor licence, the only alcohol to be consumed upon gaol premises is liquor purchased from within the gaol. Any guest found consuming any other alcohol will be asked to leave without refund. For enquiries in regards to purchasing alcohol, please see reception staff.

Please leave all dirty linen in your room upon your departure.

If reception is closed when you leave please return room keys in key slot, located in reception door.

Please be considerate of other guests at all times. Please do not hesitate to contact management for any disturbance via the gaol box phone, situated at the main gaol doors.

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Awesome 89%

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

Ok but a bit noisy and if you have to leave early as we did around 08.30am you lose your key deposit


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Hotel Amenities

  • BBQ
  • Bar
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Free Airport Transfer
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Hot Showers
  • Kitchen
  • Linen Included
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Laundry Facilities
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • Towels for Hire


  • Washing Machine


  • Bicycle Parking
  • Free Parking


  • Board Games

inroom facilities

  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities

sport& leisure

  • Pool Table

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