School Holiday Activities

All new Adelaide Gaol Escape Trail 

Back by popular demand during the April School Holidays, the Adelaide Gaol has developed a new Escape Trail that will have you scratching your head for hours. 

Saturday 13 - Sunday 28 April 2019 - 10am-4pm (closed Good Friday)


New clues, new locations and a whole new challenge. Will you be able to crack the code and escape the gaol?

Adelaide Gaol will be hosting a one of a kind experience, providing children with the chance to hatch the perfect plan and escape the Gaol walls.

Upon arrival children will be inducted into the Gaol, where they will have their mugshot taken and become an Adelaide Gaol ‘prisoner’. As they explore the Gaol they will need to solve a number of clues, with each clue providing a letter that will lead them to freedom….just watch out for the guards as you go!   

Since its opening in 1841, Adelaide Gaol has housed approximately 300,000 prisoners. With a number of famous escapes – including one ingenious (though unsuccessful) attempt in 1983, where a prisoner took his pyjama coat to an art class and painted it to resemble an officer’s uniform. To add to his ensemble, he even created an impressive officer cap out of a biscuit box! 


How do I book the Adelaide Gaol Escape Trail?

Bookings are not required. We are open every day between 10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm). 

What does the Escape Trail cost?

The activity is free with entry. View entry fees here.

What session times are available?  

The activity is self-guided, allowing children to participate at any time between 10am – 4pm. 

How long does the activity take?

We recommend allowing approximately 1 hour for the activity, however there is so much to see at Adelaide Gaol you could easily spend an additional 1 – 2 hours exploring afterwards.   

What age is the activity recommended for?

The activity is suitable for all ages, with a modified activity available for younger children.  

What should I bring? 

Adelaide Gaol has plenty of indoor space and shade, however you may want to bring a hat, water and sunscreen on warmer days.