visitor information

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Sculpture in the Gaol is hosted at Trial Bay Gaol in South West Rocks on the NSW mid north coast.

Entry fees apply at this heritage-listed building that houses a museum and significant historical archive.


Sculpture in the Gaol exhibition: 9am to 4.30pm daily, Saturday 3rd to Friday 30th August 2019

Gaol After Dark: 6pm Saturday 3rd August 2019

Family Gala Day: 9am to 4.30pm, Sunday 4th August 2019

Escapee Trail: Saturday 13th July to Friday 30th August 2019

Artist workshops: Sunday 4th August and Saturday 17th August

how to get there

Trial Bay Goal Access Road, Arakoon, NSW 2431

For directions, check the national parks website or this map.


Parking is available at Trial Bay Gaol, including designated bus parking.

On Family Gala day (Sunday 4th August), parking in front of the Gaol is restricted. Please follow the directions of RFS volunteers on that day.


Access for people with disabilities is rated ‘hard’ by the venue manager NSW national parks. For wheelchair users, this means that while there is flat entry to the Gaol precinct, you will encounter small steps and undulating surfaces within the Gaol ruins. There are no specific services for blind or deaf patrons. Please contact the Gaol office in advance of your visit.

where to stay



Trial Bay Gaol campground is right by the beach and perfect for a family camping holiday. Bring your caravan, motorhome or tent for a weekend of swimming, fishing and fun.

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The Costa Rica Motel is a family owned and operated motel offering 20 spacious ground floor rooms, friendly atmosphere and central location to the facilities and attractions of South West Rocks. The on-site licensed restaurant ‘Fireflies’ is now open for breakfast and dinner and is available for all guests. Special offers:

Winter Warmer - Rooms starting from $99 per night, until the end of August.

Stay Longer & Save - Stay 3 nights, get the 4th night free.



“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul” BIG4 Sunshine South West Rocks Accommodation, Is Your Ultimate Holiday Resort!

All large & Luxury villas only $199/night (save up to $100) and smaller villas at $149/night. Stay 2 nights and get the 3rd free. Camp sites from $30 a night

Use SITG as a discount code to get an extra 10% off the nightly rate.


food & drink

Trial Bay Kiosk Restaurant is currently closed for renovations and is expected to reopen in late August 2019.

For meals in South West Rocks, head to (Sculpture in the Gaol sponsors) Sixty Degrees Café, Seabreeze Beach Hotel or SWR Surf Lifesaving Club. Also check out Malt and Honey Café, Heritage Beachside Café and Chillati for gelato and sorbet.


There are wheelchair-accessible flush toilets at the Gaol.


Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted in national parks.