Arakoon National Park

Trial Bay Gaol from the air at Arakoon State Conservation Area (Image: Graham McConnell/Tourism NSW)

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No visitor centresNo public transportWheelchair facilitiesCampingCaravan sitesAccommodationLookoutsPicnics and BBQsKiosks/cafesWalkingDogs and other domestic animals not permittedNo horse riding trailsNo cycling trailsNo car touringNo 4WD touring routesCanoeingSailing and boatingFishingSwimmingSnorkelling/divingNo adventure recreation opportunities

The idyllic Arakoon National Park on the NSW mid north coast is home to the historic Trial Bay Gaol and is a wonderful place for a daytrip to explore Australian history or for a family camping holiday. There are great picnic and camping spots by the tranquil Trial Bay, and the area is surrounded by rocky foreshores and sandy beaches.

Trial Bay Gaol, dating from the 19th century, was built to house prison labourers who were tasked with building a breakwater. Today the gaol is a picturesque ruin and a fascinating place to explore. There are excellent fishing spots around the park’s rocky headlands and the park’s sheltered beach is a great spot for swimming, snorkelling and paddling.

Don’t be surprised if you see dolphins frolicking in the calm waters and if you’re visiting around July or August, you might see whales on their annual migration.

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