Newcastle Gaol Museum Precinct

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 10.00am - 3.00pm

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


13 Clinton Street, Toodyay

Admission Fee

$6.50 per person

$4.50 concession

$16 family pass (2 adults and 2 children) 

FREE ENTRY for Toodyay residents, children under school age and 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.

Toodyay's Newcastle Gaol has recently undergone a major project with the roof being re-shingled. Here are some photos from a camera set up to capture a time-lapse record of the re-roofing of the gaol.

Pt 1

Video courtesy of Sean Manwaring Photography.