Accommodation with a difference - a converted prison
The Old Mount Gambier Gaol was opened in 1866 and closed as a prison in 1995.
Recently refurbished and under new management the Gaol offers unique, affordable, backpacker and boutique style accommodation in both cell and non-cell rooms to travellers of all ages.
Having travelled and worked throughout the world Managers Melissa and James have an abundance of knowledge and experience in the hospitality industry and know what travellers value and need during their stay.
Guests additionally have access to the many historic features of The Old Mount Gambier Gaol;The prison chapel, library and lounge are converted to common areas equipped with internet, colour television and sofas. The study area is the perfect place to relax, read a book, surf the net or hang out with friends and family.
There are three courtyards on site available to guests for outdoor activities including live entertainment and concerts.
Guests have twenty-four hour access to the communal kitchens where they can prepare a hearty meal or grab a quick snack. Food can be labelled and stored in the communal fridges and tea, coffee, sugar and milk are supplied at no extra charge.
The Old Mount Gambier Goal are currently completing renovations to the Sports Bar and have a Café, beer garden and meditation garden coming soon.
The Old Mount Gambier Gaol has three dorm types available:
4 beds: AUS$28 per person
6 beds AUS$26 per person
10 beds AUS$26 per person
The dorm rooms can comfortably sleep a total of 46 people.
The Gaol also has twin and double rooms available:
Twin rooms consist of one set of bunk beds and are $60 per room per night.
Double rooms consist of one double bed and are $80 per
room per night.
They also have a two bedroom family unit:
This comprises a private lounge area with large screen color TV and private fully equipped kitchen and bathroom.
The family unit comfortably sleeps four with one double bed and a set of single bunks.
The family unit is $140 per night.
Blankets and sheets
24 hour access to communal showers, toilets, kitchen and lounge areas
Free bus pick up and drop off
Sleeping bags and other bedding are not permitted on the grounds.
Camper Vans are admitted:
$12 per person, per night.
Mount Gambier’s location halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne makes it an ideal stop over for travellers wanting to experience natural and cultural beauty on their way through to The Great Ocean Road, Grampians and The Coonawarra Wine Region.
Mount Gambier is famous for its ‘Blue Lake’ and is surrounded by natural beauties including: volcanic craters, lakes, National Parks and walking tracks. The city also boasts beautiful parks and gardens, underground caves and sinkholes.
The Old Mount Gambier Gaol is located in the centre of town at 25 Margaret Street - a short walk to the main shopping precinct.
Here you can find retail outlets, shopping centres and a wide array of local food and wines at the many cafes and restaurants along our main street.