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Fremantle Prison, Fremantle

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On the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of 11 Australian Convict Sites, Fremantle Prison paints a vivid image of the country's penal-colony history. Convicts built the prison in the 1850s. Today you can explore the prison on a guided tour, including a torch-lit option. Navigate tunnels 20 m (65 ft) beneath the ground on foot and by boat. The prison art gallery sells pieces created by current and ex-prisoners in Western Australia. Use our Fremantle itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Fremantle Prison and other attractions in Fremantle.
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A good alternative to staying in busy Perth, the port city of Fremantle offers atmospheric lodgings in many of its well-preserved buildings from the 19th century. Available for both long and short stays in the city, these rental properties offer lots of privacy and all the modern conveniences you need, all just a walk away from the city's main attractions. If you're traveling on a budget, consider Fremantle's mid-range hotels and backpacker hostels, many of which you'll find near the main train station.
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  • This World Heritage site is a reminder of the brutal past. Solutions half a world away locked up here or sent here to build it. I was surprised by the artwork on the walls in some cells - have include...  more »
  • Booked the tour at the ticket window and didn't have to wait long for the tour to begin ..loved the commentary and the history of the place ...when entering the cells you can smell like stale urine bu...  more »
  • We did three different tours here on different days. The Tunnel tour with Tristan was a hoot. He was very knowledgeable and a funny guy.  more »
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  • It was descriptive having Christie bringing us around the compound. Nice place to spend 1.5hours, doing my time :)
  • Stopped by for the doing time tour as it was recommended by the guide since it was our first time here. We were able to wander around the front yard and the cafe as we waited for the tour to commence. The tour lasted about 1.5 hours and I had enjoyed more then I thought I would. The guide was very knowledgeable and fun, which make a whole world of difference when doing something like this. She would tell us stories as we wander around the different areas of the prisons from the cells to the yard and eventually the gallows. It is a world heritage site and does speak volumes about the history of the area.
  • Pretty cool place to learn about the history of the prisoners there. Loved the underground kayaking
  • A very different experience . At first I was a bit nervous as I wasnt sure what to expect when I step in the prison. It was interesting though once I took a look around. The cover nets , jails and the creepy one was the hanging rope for execution. A bit creepy but interesting
  • Did the doing time and great escape tours. Guides were excellent