Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) – Once the largest and most notorious prison in Queensland and today – one of Brisbane’s most unique heritage sites and tourism experiences.
Queensland's most notorious prison, Boggo Road Gaol, is one of Brisbane's most intriguing cultural-heritage tourist attractions. Originally built in 1883, more than 500,000 people passed through the gates as prisoners, guards, or visitors, before it was closed in 1992.
Number Two Division, the only remaining section of Boggo Road Gaol, was opened in 1903 to house female inmates. In 1921, the women were moved to make way for male prisoners being relocated from St Helena Island. The Prison for Women became the Prison for Men, with WO being covered above the entrance. Division 2 was home to some of Queensland's most infamous inmates, including James Finch and John Stuart (Whiskey Au Go Go fire bombers) and Arthur 'Slim' Halliday (the Houdini of Boggo Road).
Boggo Road Gaol Historical Tours take you behind the brick walls. Enthusiastic tour guides, dressed as guards, reveal the inside stories of Boggo Road Gaol, from its early beginnings as a place of execution to the riots and famous roof-top protests in the 1980s. Hear about hunger strikes, daring escapes, and notorious inmates.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Destination Gold Coast acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.