For over 119 years, Boggo Road Jail in Brisbane was Australia’s most notorious prison. Filled with some of the country’s most infamous felons.
Some of the prison’s more well-known inmates include the “Houdini of Boggo Road” escapologist and jail-breaker “Slim” Halliday and the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub fire-bombers James Richard Finch and John Andrew Stuart.
In the 1980s Boggo Road was the scene of dramatic escapes, riots, hunger-strikes and roof-top protests which led to the prison’s official closure 26 years ago in July 1992.
Today it’s a popular tourist attraction that offers a range of tours. The history tour looks at the crimes and daily life of prisoners. It includes a visit to the cell of legendary ‘Slim’ Halliday. The tour runs for 1 hour 15 minutes.
The Prisoner Tour shows what life was like behind bars and it’s led by a former prisoner. It gives a fascinating insight that no other tour can give.
The officer tour is led by a former officer and gives even more fascinating insight.
Boggo Road also offers ghost tour at night which are a very popular.
Another great addition to Boggo Road are its movie nights where they show prison themed movies like “Shawshank Redemption” on the big screen in the prison’s courtyard.