The beautiful Little Bay
The beautiful beach and rocky foreshore at Little Bay.
Little Bay is a more secluded beach located on the eastern side of the headland where the goal sits and joined by walking tracks to the long stretches of Front Beach, also called Trial Bay Gaol Beach. Both are good swimming beaches.
A camping site with a full amenities block, picnic tables, boat ramp, cafe/kiosk, car park, drinking water, showers, toilets and electric power is available at Trial Bay Gaol and a picnic spot at Little Bay.
Trial Bay Gaol
The historic Trial Bay Gaol is a central feature of the park. The goal was built in 1876 as an experiment in taking prisoners into areas where large public works were required. The public works in this case were the building of a breakwater at Trial Bay to provide a safe haven for coastal shipping that was being ravaged by ocean conditions with the loss of 90 ships and 243 lives in a just three years. A new wing was built in 1900 but the gaol was closed in 1903. It was briefly used an an internment camp during world War 1 but was then closed permanently as retained as a historic building.