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Australia’s bleak history as a penal colony comes to vivid life inside this historic site, where convict men and boys were housed once they arrived in the city. It’s kind of like Alcatraz meets Ellis Island, and there’s a palpable sense that ghosts haunt the place. The tour includes an innovative audio narration that helps visitors understand what life was like behind bars for the thousands of men who passed through in the first half of the 18th century.

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Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Australia’s bleak history as a penal colony comes to vivid life inside this historic site, where convict men and boys were housed once they arrived in the city. It’s kind of like Alcatraz meets Ellis Island, and there’s a palpable sense that ghosts haunt the place. The tour includes an innovative audio narration that helps visitors understand what life was like behind bars for the thousands of men who passed through in the first half of the 18th century.