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“Tunnels Tour - World Heritage, the adventurous way” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison
1 The Terrace | Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Fremantle
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s premier tourist attractions and the only World Heritage listed building in the State.The Prison was built by convicts in the 1850s and was used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. With solitary cells and gallows Fremantle Prison is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent. Fremantle Prison now holds the key to history, mystery and fun. Step inside and do time with experienced guides on a fascinating Prison Day Tour. Explore the labyrinth of tunnels 20m beneath the Prison by foot and by boat on a Tunnels Tour adventure. Feeling brave? Delve into the darker side of the Prison’s history on an eerie Torchlight Tour.
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“Tunnels Tour - World Heritage, the adventurous way”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

History can get boring, but not when you mix it up with adventure tours! This tour takes around 2.5hrs, you must be over 12, and pass a alcohol breath test at the start. If you have a bad back, suffer claustrophobia or are afraid of heights then give this a miss and go the regular tours (Doing Time Tour).

In the hot perth weather you escape down a 20 meter ladder into the cool tunnels under the prison. You are completely locked in by harness - at no point do you detach from this while climbing, each ladder tracks your harness onto the next - 100% safe and fun. Although not essential this would be more fun with a partner. As you descend facing your partner you can pick your speed, go steady as a team or speed down, you just meet the guide at the bottom. There is about 20 minutes of walking around crouched, bad backs beware (but my mum with bad knees and back did it fine).

Then you get into a small row boat with your partner and are guided around the tunnels. The guides are informative and encourage questions. There are a few cockroaches and other crawlys on the walls but you can get under the few spots quickly if it worries you. My favourite moment was probably turning off our lights to discover complete darkness or feeling the fresh cool water that surrounds you (about 1m deep).

This tour will change your idea of labour as you explore the maze of tunnels dug by the prisoners. You cannot take any loose items, so no photos. A photo opportunity is offered at the end in your daggy gear (hard hat, harness, life jacket, overalls and boots). Lockers and equipment are provided. There is a cafe on site, some free galleries and other tours available including the torchlight tour (torchlight tour of the prison), great escapes tour (attempted prison escapes) and the doing time tour (explore the prison as it was in the 1850s through to closure in 1991). This tour cost $60 for adults and $40 for children (over 12). Tours run daily at 9.00am, 9.45am, 10.40am, 12.20pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm and 3.25pm.

Fremantle is like another city, so when you finish you can wonder for a shop or my favourite....head to the little creatures breweries. You could even get the ferry to Rottnest Island.

Visited December 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

We did the doing time tour, it was hot and busy but very well done , we learnt a lot, and keep talking about it
Highly recommended

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“Prison Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This was great fun and very informative. The guide was excellent and made the tour very interesting, it was night time and quite spooky - we all enjoyed it.

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“Educational”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Went to this place as it is really highly recommended. The tour was excellent. There were only my family of 4 and another tourist in the group, so the tour guide was really patient with all of us and gave all of us really special attentions. The place is a world heritage place and the guide was really nice in explaining to us about the various rooms in the prison and their functions.
The prison is of course not a nice place to visit, however, the place is full of history and the various interesting characters that were imprisoned there gave the place a nice and interesting history. There were some very nice artworks that adorned the prison walls which were painted by the in mates. There was also the gallows, quite scary to the kids. There was also a chapel in the prison which was also very serene and beautiful compared to the rest of the prison.
Overall it is a really interesting tour, educational for all of us, about the history.

Visited December 2012
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“Freemantle Jail Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We just did the Doing Time tour which was well worth it and made interesting by Peter the guide who interspersed fact with humour. The kids particularly enjoyed it when Peter had them taking part. I would like to do the Great Escape tour as I imagine it will be very good.

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