Located in Brisbane, the Boggo Road Gaol Museum was once known as one of the most notorious prisons in Australia. Named after the road that led to it, for 109 years it was the dominant feature of Queensland’s skyline and became famous for all the wrong reasons. A long history of intense rooftop riots, hunger strikes, protests, and escapes led to the Number Two Division of Boggo Road Gaol’s closure in 1992.
Reopening as a cultural heritage tourist attraction, the Boggo Road Gaol Museum educates visitors on the history of the prison and brings real-life prison stories to life through guided tours. Originally opened in 1883, it has been over 25 years since the Number Two Division closed due to protests. Now visitors can explore the very same brick walls that became home to the prison’s “Lifers” and held famous inmates including the Whiskey Au Go Go firebombers and the “Houdini of Boggo Road”, who escaped the prison twice.
Visitors can choose their adventure with five different themed tours that range from an Ex-Inmate/Ex-officer led by a former prisoner or officer to an Escapes Tour that highlights the dramatic escape plans of former prisoners. Night and Ghost Tours are also available where guides detail the creepy ghost stories of the prison.
Open Thursday to Sunday weekly, admission to Boggo Road Gaol is via a guided tour that lasts 1 and a half hours with unique commentary, authentic storytelling, and a chance to explore the prison gatehouse, exercise yards, and one of the original cellblocks.