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Here is some fun for the whole family!

Join the experienced ghost hunting team at APPI Ghost Hunts & Tours - the Official Paranormal Researchers of Old Gundgai Gaol - as we take you from building to building, trying to make contact with any ghostly inmates who may still reside behind these sandstone walls...

At APPI, we like to use the three S's.... Scientific - Spiritual - Senses.

  • Scientific = using the scientifically designed paranormal equipment to try and make contact with the spirit world.
  • Spiritual = using spiritual methods to speak to anyone who may still be around.
  • Senses = Learning to trust your own intuition and gut feelings.

This event is for entertainment purposes, and will be conducted in the dark, so please bare that in mind if you wish to bring little ones. It may be too scary for them.

If you are a grown up - please be aware that there WILL be children on this tour, and the adult session later in the night may be more appropriate for you.

These ghost hunts are run in agreement with the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council.


Following the devastating 1852 flood, the town lock-up needed to be rebuilt as a watch-house or gaol. Alexander Dawson, the colonial architect, designed the building and Charles Hardy won the tender for it’s construction in 1859. Hardy and Hodson builders completed further additions in 1861, and in 1863 a kitchen was built for the gaol, designed by James Barner, the Government Architect. The magnificent stone boundary wall which still stands today was constructed in 1866.

The gaol consists of a cluster of structures including, The Gaolers residence, the external kitchen block, the hospital (original gaol), the gaol including exercise yard, an outhouse, outbuilding, a well and archaeological remains.

Prisoners with short-term sentences who had been sentenced at Gundagai or at courts in the surrounding district were incarcerated in the Gundagai Gaol. Prisoners, including bushrangers, who were in transit to other gaols were also accommodated there. Although no longer in use, Gundagai Gaol is one of the few remaining gaol compounds dating from 1859 and a rare and largely intact example of its type.

In 1870 the Gundagai Gaol was classed as a ‘lock-up’ or ‘proclaimed gaol’ and could accommodate from four to twenty prisoners. During this year the actual number of prisoners received included 4 debtors; 19 males and 2 females awaiting trial; 55 males and 3 females ‘in transit’; 11 males under sentence to labour; 7 males and 3 females sentenced to imprisonment; with none in solitary confinement. The greatest number received at one time totaled 9.

Gundagai Gaol was closed in the 1970’s and a holding cell was constructed at the Gundagai Police Station in Byron Street.

Please note: Because of the way the Old Gaol was constructed and the slope of the land, it is difficult to access for those with limited mobility. We are sorry for the inconvenience. There are stairways to navigate and uneven pathways.

COVID-19 Safety during this ghost hunt

As a condition of the booking process, guests are acknowledging that they will comply with NSW health orders during the ghost hunt. APPI Ghost Hunts & Tours has the right to refuse entry to guests who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a lawful exemption applies. Guests who have booked tickets who do not meet health and safety requirements will not be permitted to enter. 

Cleaning Protocols:

We take standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and are taking steps to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. Our health and safety measures require a thorough cleansing of each area and piece of paranormal investigation equipment prior to its use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What additional health and safety measures are you taking?
A: The health and safety of our guests and staff are our biggest priority. We continue to exercise caution with regards to our re-opening strategy to ensure it is in line with the most up-to-date government advice. We have been advanced in preparations to ensure guests and team members are in the safest possible environment. These measures include staff training, continued focus on cleaning protocols and capacity limitations.

Q: How will you be checking guests’ COVID-19 vaccination status?
A: Guests will be required to show a crew member their check-in and vaccination status prior to entering the location. We will be accepting vaccination identifications on the relevant platforms as per the government health order.

Q: I have had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination; can I attend the ghost hunt?
A: Under the Government health order, guests will not be able to attend the ghost hunt unless they are fully vaccinated or are under the age of 16 and are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

Q: I booked my tickets to join the ghost hunt but am not fully vaccinated, what do I do?
A: If you booked tickets to a ghost hunt but are not fully vaccinated, you cannot attend the ghost hunt. When purchasing your ticket, you ticked a box to declare that you were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Unfortunately a refund cannot be given.

Please refer to our further terms and conditions prior to purchasing your ticket. 

Old Gundagai Gaol

Corner of Byron Street & First Avenue Gundagai NSW 2722, Australia

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