In my last visit to Melbourne I tried to see some of the local attractions, and one of the more interesting ones was the Old Melbourne Gaol, built in 19th century and active until 1929, holding some of Australia’s most famous criminals. The OZs are quite good at building a story, and so a an entertaining guided tour is available for both the prison and the nearby court, taking you through and letting you experience first hand, the process of going to court and being held in prison. Mind you, that some on the tour felt like locking us up in a prison cell was a bit much, so they asked to leave the tour. Not only do they lock you up inside, but they also turn off the lights, so you can get the full experience. If you trust the tour operators to turn the lights back on and open up the cell, then it’s a fun creepy experience, to give you a taste of the life back then. You might also be laughed at and scolded by the guide actors.
All in all, a fun way to spend 2-3 hours when you’re in Melbourne.
Let’s start with the courts…
Old Magistrates Court
City Watch House: Holding cells