Fremantle Prison

Adventure and Outdoors Tours

Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s premier heritage tourist attractions and in 2010 became the first building in Western Australia to be inscribed on to the prestigious World Heritage list as part of the ‘Australian Convict Sites’.

Visitors can ‘step inside and do time’ with Fremantle Prison’s experienced guides on a range of fascinating tours. Convict Prison, Behind Bars and True Crime tours highlight convict and prison life, daring escapes and colourful characters in tales laced with prison humour. Visitors with a spirit for adventure can descend 20 meters below the Prison to explore a one kilometre labyrinth of tunnels by foot and by boat on a Tunnels Tour or delve into the darker side of the Prison’s history at night on a spooky Torchlight Tour.

In addition to its guided tours, Fremantle Prison also features exhibitions in the Prison Gallery, Interpretive Visitors Centres, onsite cafe and an award-winning Gift Shop.

Fremantle Prison has won two Australian Tourism Awards for Cultural Tourism – Gold in 2017 and Bronze in 2018.

Facilities

Service Types

Adventure and Outdoors Tours Cultural and Theme Tours

Activities

Walks

Fitness

Basic Moderate

Disabled Assistance

Caters for challenges with learning and communication Caters for hearing impairment Caters for limited mobility Disabled access available Wheelchair access

Membership

Australian Museums and Galleries Association Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation

Accreditation

Australian Tourism Accreditation China Ready Accreditation COVID Clean Practicing Business

Services

$160

Artistic endeavour is not something you expect to see in a prison, however Fremantle Prison offers a wealth of artworks, the origins of which span almost 140 years.

The cells and yards are covered with works painted by prisoners, including convict etchings, Aboriginal landscapes, dot paintings and murals and a range of graffiti and tattoo art.

In addition to this fixed artwork, the Prison holds an extensive range of art by renowned artists, such as Jimmy Pike and Revel Cooper in its museum collection.

This collection is diverse, comprising approximately 12,000 items, including photographs, documents, furnishings, artworks, clothing, weapons and archaeological material. It spans the entirety of the Prison’s operations, from the beginning of construction in 1851 through to 1991 when the Prison was decommissioned and closed.

Step inside and “do time” with an experienced guide to see behind the scenes of the Fremantle Prison Collection and view various prisoner artworks.

Inclusions – Exclusive tour experience, behind-the-scenes access to museum collection and complimentary copy of the publication, “Art Behind Bars: Murals and Graffiti of Fremantle Prison”.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

From $19 to $22

Step inside, do time and explore Fremantle Prison’s history as a maximum security gaol from 1887 to 1991.

Find out how a convict built prison transformed into Western Australia’s primary place of incarceration for men, women and children.

Walk back in time through the Main Cell Block and exercise yards. Learn about the daily routine of prisoners and the realities of life on the inside.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

From $19 to $22

Discover the history of Western Australia’s only World Heritage listed building from its construction in the 1850s until the end of the convict era in 1886.

Find out why almost 10,000 men were transported from Great Britain and Ireland, how they built their own prison and helped shape the future of Western Australia.

Discover our history through their stories.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

From $19 to $22

Get inside the criminal mind.

Hear the real life stories of some of Fremantle Prison’s most notorious inmates and find out how their crimes gripped the community.

From bushrangers, thieves and murderers, to serial killers, bank robbers and escape artists; join their Guides as they delve into 140 years of Western Australian criminal history.

This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 10 years.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

From $24 to $28

Explore the darker side of Fremantle Prison’s history.

The Prison walls echo with stories of loneliness, pain and suffering, of executions gone wrong, of the innocent unjustly imprisoned and the guilty punished.

Join their Guides in the dark as they entertain you with sordid and ghastly stories.

Be warned – these tours are not for the faint hearted.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

From $55 to $65

Feeling adventurous? Get into your hardhat, slip into your overalls, lock into the ladder system and descend approximately 20 metres below the prison to explore a labyrinth of tunnels built by prisoners. Discover original blast holes, bores, oil lamp recesses and artefacts from the days when working in the tunnels was hard labour for prisoners.

Guides lead the trek through dry sections of the tunnels on foot, before boarding replica convict punts to explore the submerged passageways accessible only by boat.

This tour is not recommended for pregnant women.

Participants must be physically fit and able, have the ability to climb independently, have the ability to understand tour conditions and follow staff instructions, must be a minimum of 40 kilograms and a maximum of 140 kilograms and not suffer from a fear of heights or claustrophobia. Please bring or wear socks and you must arrive sober (breath test applies).

Minimum age is 12 years. Children 12-15 years must be accompanied by an adult 18 years plus.

Those aged 16-17 years must have declaration forms signed by a parent or guardian, but can partake in the tour without an adult present.

Disabled Access

Carpark Family Friendly

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