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The Fremantle Round House

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Address: Captains Lane, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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+61 8 9336 6897
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Fremantle Round House is the oldest public building in Western...

The Fremantle Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia, purpose built as a gaol (jail) when the Swan River Colony was first settled. Volunteer Guides are available to share the history of the Round House with visitors and the Round House is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm daily (except for Christmas Day and Good Friday). The cannon is fired (weather permitting) at 1.00pm every day on the Gun Deck and we welcome visitors applying to be the Honorary Gunner for the day.

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Beautiful view and history too

The view from here is breathtaking with views of the Indian Ocean and Fremantle. The history of the building was interesting and entry is by donation.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place for a day out.scenary amazing, Fremantle has so much to offer to everyone. Even k. A business trip you v Can relax and be a tourist anytime.

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Fernie, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The view from here is breathtaking with views of the Indian Ocean and Fremantle. The history of the building was interesting and entry is by donation.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Glad we visited this historical site. The on-site historical volunteers were very friendly and really know their stuff. Good to see such passion about such an important historical part of Freemantle. The view accross Freo is also awesome.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great that history is being preserved. The challenge always is the funding to really keep suck an important historical monument in the condition that it deserves. Perfect views out to sea as well as into the main area of Fremantle. State or Federal 💲 is needed here to bring the whole structure up to scratch and avoid more damage to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is not a lot to see at the Round House but it is worth a visit as it is a significant build from Fremantle's past. If you visit the Fremantle Prison you should add the Round House to your tour as it is a link in the history of W.A. The guides are certainly an enthusiastic group

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good insight into the past criminal justice system and what happened to the criminals. Worth a visit and seeing how things evolved.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You'll basically get the same view if you hug along the coastline. Not spectacular but if there's nothing happening in the day. Head there to refresh your head..

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Fremantle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The oldest building in Fremantle with a grim past. Interesting history and a pleasant spot overlooking the ocean. Not a destination in itself but worth a half hour visit if you are walking around in Fremantle.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this place. I go there often to reflect. I mainly visit the grassed training area on the side of the Roundhouse to enjoy the view of Manjaree or Bather's Beach as the Westerners call it. The area used to be a meeting ground for the Indigenous people before European settlement. The Roundhouse was the first jail built in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Aside from the fact that it has a rich historical background, and a tunnel below the building (and the hill), this place is a perfect high vantage point to capture the beauty of Fremantle's sunset. Go there when there is a lot of cloud cast, and you have a very good chance of getting stunning sunset photo. Also, good place... More 

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