The Fremantle Round House, Fremantle

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Given the country's history as a penal colony, it might not surprise you that Western Australia's oldest public building is a former prison. Built in 1830, the rotund white-brick The Fremantle Round House originally housed convicted prisoners before becoming a police lockup. The chief constable and his family began to occupy the building in 1900. Today, you can tour the seaside building and ask knowledgeable volunteer guides questions. Head to the upper deck for scenic views of the Fremont coast and offshore islands. To visit The Fremantle Round House and get the most from your holiday in Fremantle, create itinerary details personal to you using our Fremantle trip planner.
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  • Wow how things have changed for prisoners...a very small stone room with a basic pad on the floor and that was about it for the criminals! Not like today. A very interesting tourist site on the water,...  more »
  • The roundhouse offers a great insight into the early history of Fremantle. Given it was a prison you can only imagine what it must have been like to have lived there hundreds of years ago. Entry by do...  more »
  • They sure did. Great young fellas too, with a stack of knowledge dispensed with great gusto. Okay, sure, whatever. You walk in and drop in a gold coin and all you see are a few basic rooms and an open...  more »
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  • Historic. Has tour guides. Entry based on donations. Public toilets nearby.

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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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