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. Put The Fremantle Round House into our Fremantle trip generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Interesting piece of history being the first gaol in Freemantle. Volunteers give an excellent description of the gaol and also the cannon which is fired every day at 13:00 hrs except for Christmas and...  more »
  • The Fremantle Round House is the first House that was built by the settlers to Australia, 1830. From here, apparently began the further conquest of the continent only by the Dutch, and later by the English. It lies directly on the Indian Ocean, on which one has a magnificent view of the defensive wall.
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  • This is a free attraction but donations are freely received.Although there is not a lot to observe it is worth a visit to see the 4 cells and the soldiers quarters. There is some information in each c...  more »