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Fremantle Prison
Vacation Travel Guide

Explore the cells, underground tunnels and artwork of a prison that housed transported British convicts and notorious Australian prisoners for over 130 years.


Fremantle Prison was constructed during the 1850s. During Australia’s convict era it housed prisoners transported from England and Ireland. In 1886 the jail was handed over to the colonial authorities to house locally-sentenced prisoners. The prison closed in 1991. Today the historic building is preserved as an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. The former prison houses a museum with artifacts and artwork by former prisoners and hosts a range of exciting tours.

Wander through the Main Cell Block and examine the tiny living quarters. Take the Doing Time Tour for an in-depth account of the prison’s history. Learn about the hanging of serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke, the last man to face capital punishment in Western Australia in 1964.

See the gallows where dozens met their end and be spellbound by tales of daring escapes, both successful and otherwise, on the Great Escapes Tour. Stare up at towering walls topped with razor wire, the rifle range and gun towers as you hear about the prison’s most ingenious escape artists. The best story is perhaps that of an inmate nicknamed Moondyne Joe, who notoriously escaped straight through the limestone walls.

Book a Tunnel Tour and put on a hard hat to descend into the underground tunnels that once supplied the prison and surrounding establishments with fresh water. They were dug out by convicts sentenced to hard labor in the late 19th century.

Join the Torchlight Tour to explore the prison at night. Listen to frightening and brutal stories as you trek past the whipping post and into the morgue.

A whole different experience is the Prison Art Tour. Wander from cell to cell and through the Prison Gallery to see wall paintings left behind by inmates. Head to the Visitor and Convict Centers to gaze at important artifacts and read up on key events in the prison’s history.

The Fremantle Prison is located about 13 miles (22 kilometers) south from Perth and is accessible by public transport. It’s open every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Check the website for tour prices and times.

Top Hotels Close to Fremantle Prison

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥12,724 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

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Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Be. Fremantle
Be. Fremantle
4.5 out of 5
43 Mews Rd, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥16,717 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

Located in Fremantle, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bathers Beach and Fremantle Markets. Fremantle Prison is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away. Fremantle ...

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Norfolk Hotel
Norfolk Hotel
2.5 out of 5
47 South Terrace, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥8,760 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

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4.3/5Excellent! (225 reviews)

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Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Norfolk Hotel
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Jan 6, 2020

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Expensive and not that old. Pretty brutal prison so I found it disturbing

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Best Lodging Options Near Fremantle Prison

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥12,724 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Be. Fremantle
Be. Fremantle
4.5 out of 5
43 Mews Rd, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥16,717 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Be. Fremantle
Norfolk Hotel
Norfolk Hotel
2.5 out of 5
47 South Terrace, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥8,760 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Norfolk Hotel
Fremantle Prison YHA
Fremantle Prison YHA
3 out of 5
6A The Terrace, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥4,818 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Fremantle Prison YHA
Fremantle Colonial Cottages
Fremantle Colonial Cottages
3.5 out of 5
6 The Terrace, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥18,396 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22
Fremantle Colonial Cottages
Warders Hotel Fremantle
Warders Hotel Fremantle
4 out of 5
19 Henderson St, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥14,528 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Warders Hotel Fremantle
Hougoumont Hotel
Hougoumont Hotel
4 out of 5
15 Bannister Street, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥12,340 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Hougoumont Hotel
Gallery Serviced Apartments
Gallery Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
185 High street, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥18,401 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Gallery Serviced Apartments
Quest Fremantle
Quest Fremantle
3.5 out of 5
8 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, WA
The price is ¥14,969 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Quest Fremantle
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.