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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  • We can here about ten minutes before 1 pm and looked around waiting for it. Gold coin donation to get in and it has lots of signs to read. When it was almost 1 we went out to see the cannon but it did...  more »
  • This former prison, is the oldest building in Western Australia. Built of local stone it tells the history of the treatment of prisoners, from its completion in 1831 until 1886. Since then it has been...  more »
  • A nice visit with a nice view on the city. It's pretty fast and it is especially the pinky of view which is interesting
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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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