Meet Finnegan, The Old Mount Gambier Gaol, Mt Gambier, South Australia

Meet Finnegan, The Old Mount Gambier Gaol, Mt Gambier, South Australia


We’ve got another Australian kitty for you who lives in one of the most unique properties in our directory, in a restored 19th century prison turned hotel! And he’s a Ginger! (We do love a Ginger kitty here at Hotels With Cats!) Enjoy meeting Finnegan!

Finnegan Agginagan came from humble beginnings, and joined the Stephenson family long before he became a resident hotel cat. He was the last kitten left in his litter at a local store that took in strays. “A close friend had taken his brother. When we found out there was only one left, we went to bring him home” says Mel Stephenson, owner of The Old Mount Gambier Gaol in Mt Gambier, South Australia.

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Finnegan has made an easy foray into hotel cat land with a busy daily schedule. His duties involve waiting for guests to pat him before they check out. Mid-morning he moves pawtrol locations and snoozes on an outside table in the sun. By late afternoon he has usually changed position and will be out the front to catch the last afternoon rays, usually on the front pergola. As guests begin to arrive he will lie directly in front of the big double doors and roll around encouraging as much attention to himself as possible. (Of course!)



The Old Mt Gambier Gaol is located a 3-minute drive from the Blue Lake and the main street of Mount Gambier in South Australia. The property offers a range of options; guests can stay in a cell, warden’s office or a self-contained cottage. The gaol is surrounded by a stone, 15-foot wall and includes a maze of alleyways and gardens to get lost in. Finnegan shares his hotel cat duties with Rolly the dog, and Snow, an orphaned lamb.


The Old Mount Gambier Gaol is located 25 Margaret St Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290. Dorm rooms start at $30 AUD per night and family rooms at $195 AUD.

Bookings can be made via their website.

Images with thanks to The Old Mount Gambier Gaol.


The Old Mount Gambier Gaol


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