The Fremantle Round House, Fremantle

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#2 of 13 in Historic Sites in Fremantle
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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  • Another very interesting piece of Fremantle history. Enthusiastic guides explained the history of the tower and the prison. Worth a visit  more »
  • The conditions that the Aboriginal peoples were incarcerated in were truly diabolical. It is not a comfortable place to visit but is very educational. Nowadays it has the interesting mid day ceremony....  more »
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  • An historic structure ... the oldest building that still stands in WA.Its Gaol cells are testimony to a dark past. The museum's volunteer guides are knowledgeable and add interest to any visit. Good views of the harbour and park benches alongside. Photographic art gallery next door. An excellent cafe is 50m from the museum.
  • A really interesting place to visit. A lot of information boards to tell you the stories. There's great views from the lookout out the front too.

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