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Derby - Broome Highway | 7 km from Derby, Derby, Western Australia 6728, Australia
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All reviews sad history information boards piece of history worth a visit the main road significant history great information history attached under cover worth the effort swimming pool worth seeing information provided australian history nice stop short stop interesting place
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

Nice stop along the long road with some pieces of aboriginal history. It seems to me that this magnificent large and old tree was in the first place a meeting point, rather than used for locking up people and keeping them inside. The aboriginals were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank huys25
Derby_Visitor_Centre, Public Relations Manager at Boab Prison Tree, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2018

One of the easiest access attractions on the Highway into Derby. Just a short distance off the road finds you at the Prison Tree. With lots of interpretive boards to read on the history of the area. A must see when visiting our town.

Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

I had heard about this Boab several times through reading and TV shows. We called in on our way into Derby. A great little stop, a few shady trees to park under and great info boards. Definitely worth the stop to find out not only...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Daniel H
Derby_Visitor_Centre, Public Relations Manager at Boab Prison Tree, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

The Boab Prison Tree is a must see stop when visiting Derby. The Long Cattle and Frosty's Pool are both in the adjacent area.

Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

The prison baob tree is only 30m from the car park so it’s easy access to the public. However the stories about the tree were sad and showed how badly aboriginal people were treated in the past.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Derby_Visitor_Centre, Public Relations Manager at Boab Prison Tree, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

History can be sad. This is one of the easiest attractions to visit. A Short distance off the main highway with lots of interpretative boards to read, this is a must see attraction when in Derby.

Reviewed 4 October 2018

Easy to get to, and interesting history in under cover area near the tree. Large parking area for Motorhomes, caravans etc.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Derby_Visitor_Centre, Public Relations Manager at Boab Prison Tree, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Worth the time to read the interpretive boards. Explore the adjacent area to see the long catltl trough and frosty's pool.

Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Very sad place to visit. So sorry the indigenous were treated so cruelly. I know it is history, so my hope is it will be remembered so it never happens again.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Derby_Visitor_Centre, Public Relations Manager at Boab Prison Tree, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

One of the easiest access attractions on the Highway into Derby. Just a short distance off the road finds you at the Prison Tree. With lots of interpretive boards to read on the history of the area. A must see when visiting our town.

Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

There is a deep spiritual feeling on visiting this tree that the wrongs of the past should never be forgotten. As a white woman, looking at the tree where young indigenous men and women were chained after being stolen from their families, I have no...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Derby_Visitor_Centre, Public Relations Manager at Boab Prison Tree, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

One of the easiest access attractions on the Highway into Derby. Just a short distance off the road finds you at the Prison Tree. With lots of interpretive boards to read on the history of the area. A must see when visiting our town.

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

This is a very sad but very interesting part of our history. Wether or not Indigenous people were actually confined inside the Boab, the interpretive boards certainly show them in chains being kidnapped for “work”. It is great that these pics exist and are presented...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Derby_Visitor_Centre, Public Relations Manager at Boab Prison Tree, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Thank you for your review. We have to protect these locations or lose them, Boab trees have always been a source of graffiti even in the times of the early settlers, but it is very unsightly. This sight is one of the easiest locations to...More

Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Great to see a very comprehensive display board showing the history attached to this prison tree. Worthwhile visit which also includes information on the blood wood tree species and the longest water trough.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Derby_Visitor_Centre, Public Relations Manager at Boab Prison Tree, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

One of the easiest accessed locations for you visit to Derby, worth while taking time to read the information boards on locations for a great insight into the areas history.

Reviewed 27 August 2018

People need to visit this site to grasp the extend of past problems of this area. The site is very well documented, quiet and peaceful. The information on boards (with shelter from the heat) is well worth the time it takes to read. The boab...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Joann T
Derby_Visitor_Centre, Public Relations Manager at Boab Prison Tree, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

The Boab Prison Tree is a site worth spend some time, the history of the site and the surrounding area is quite significant. There are many interpretive boards to read on the walk into the tree.

Reviewed 27 August 2018

This is some Boab! There is a lot of interesting placards around that gives the history of the tree and its dark past. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Derby_Visitor_Centre, Public Relations Manager at Boab Prison Tree, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

One of the easiest access attractions on the Highway into Derby. Just a short distance off the road finds you at the Prison Tree. With lots of interpretive boards to read on the history of the area. A must see when visiting our town.

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