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Maitland Gaol Development Plan


Maitland Gaol is one of NSW’s premier heritage listed sites. It attracts visitors from across the nation to learn about the 150 years of inmate history, spanning from settlers and female prisoners in the 1840s to mass murderers and white collar criminals in the 1990s. 

The vision for Maitland Gaol is to be ‘an iconic tourism destination, driven by it’s unique heritage, connection to community, and innovative experiences’. This will be supported by a series of strategies including:

A sustainable business model

Conservation and interpretation

Balanced commercial and community use

Creation of a vibrant precinct

Partnerships to support experiences and products

The Maitland Gaol Development Plan and associated Site Master Plan and Plan of Management provides a comprehensive guide for the future development and management of the Maitland Gaol site. With the recent announcement of over $10M in funding from both the NSW State and Federal Governments, we are now moving forward on delivering over $11.6M in initiatives including capital investment in boutique accommodation, a new activity hub, innovative interpretation and provision of event infrastructure. This is on top of works already underway to provide a high quality Guard Tower Experience as outlined in the Development Plan.


September 2020

Maitland Gaol Development Plan adopted

September 2020
August 2021

Tower Experience funding announced

August 2021
January 2022

10M in State and Federal funding announced

January 2022
March 2022

Development application lodged for Tower Experience

March 2022



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