Newcastle Gaol Museum Precinct


From mid September 2019 until February 2020 the Newcastle Gaol will be undergoing an important roof restoration. Throughout this period parts of the gaol will be closed off.

From mid October on wards the entire gaol will be closed. Visitors will get to observe the historical craftsmanship of re-shingling a roof with authentic wood shingles.

The police stables, Wicklow shearing shed, machinery shed and 1907 lock up will remain open - entry fees will no longer apply.

Please contact the Toodyay Visitor Centre if you have any questions.


Newcastle Gaol reopening February 2020 

Take a step back in time and discover the era of Moondyne Joe, Western Australia's most famous bush ranger. Less than an hour here can transport you back 150 years!

Enjoy the authentic surroundings and original artefacts. Have fun enjoying the tiny cells, wander through the Old Police Stables and retrace Toodyay's colourful past - will you discover some secrets? There are a number of hands-on activities to try.

The Newcastle Gaol, Police Stables, 1907 Lock-up and the Wicklow Shearing Shed are part of a historic complex of buildings associated with Law and Order.  The Newcastle Gaol was completed in 1865, replacing two previous lock-ups at old Toodyay (now West Toodyay) and the Convict Depot Barracks at Newcastle.

The precinct has public toilets and outdoor shaded areas for your convenience.

Opening Hours

Open 7 days 

Monday to Friday from 10.00am 3.00pm

Saturday & Sunday 10.00am – 3.30pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday


13 Clinton Street, Toodyay

 Admission Fee

Admission: $5 per person, $4 concession

A family ticket (2 adults & 2 children): $12

      FREE ENTRY for Toodyay residents, children under school age, and for Toodyay District High School students 

Guided tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more 


There is wheelchair access to Warders Quarters, exercise yard, main temporary exhibition room, Machinery Shed, Wicklow Shearing Shed and the Stables. There are small steps up to 15cm and some rough ground and/or unsealed surfaces.

The cell doors have 50cm clearance only and some display cabinets will offer limited viewing opportunities.

What's On

Keep updated with news about our activities, visitors, historical information, and upcoming exhibitions on the Toodyay Museums Facebook group.


Video courtesy of Sean Manwaring Photography.