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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.
The Fremantle Round House reviews
Excellent view of the surrounds and beaches from the top. Can’t believe they housed 70 prisoners there while the Fremantle jail was built. Recommend having a look and walk around this historical...
Excellent view of the surrounds and beaches from the top. Can’t believe they housed 70 prisoners there while the Fremantle jail was built. Recommend having a look and walk around this historical... more »
The Round House is historically significant as the oldest public building in Western Australia (opened in 1831) and was used as a goal until the late 1890's and then accommodation for the water...
The Round House is historically significant as the oldest public building in Western Australia (opened in 1831) and was used as a goal until the late 1890's and then accommodation for the water... more »
We got there just on closing (3pm). Our fault, we assumed it was open till 5pm. Either way, the lovely volunteers who run the place still allowed us to have a quick peek around whilst they were...
We got there just on closing (3pm). Our fault, we assumed it was open till 5pm. Either way, the lovely volunteers who run the place still allowed us to have a quick peek around whilst they were... more »
Fantastic location and views. We walked around the grounds and enjoyed Bathers beach. The place is clean and well kept. A piece of Fremantle's history. Nice place to visit and absorb the historical past of this Port City.
Gorgeous little place with a rich history and knowledgeable staff. Gold coins donation. Walk around the grounds and see the old residences and explore the underground tunnel.. 1pm daily has the firing of the cannon and bell drop. Lawns are lovely place to have a rest or some lunch. Easy walking distance to lunch stops on Bathers Beach and a stunning view over Fremantle Harbour. Fantastic photo opportunities if, like me, you are on holiday..!
We spoke to a very knowledgeable volunteer here. He was excellent. Cells were well displayed. The outdoor area was also very good. A must to do is to walk through the tunnel. It was all very neat and tidy. 360° views from the lookout here.
The Round House is interesting visit if you are keen on history. Entrance is a voluntary donation and you can use touch pay. The exhibition rooms each have their own party of the story to share. The views are lovely too!
Oldest public building still standing in Western Australia. That alone makes it very much on anyone's list visiting Fremantle City. Story says it was used to keep inmates when it first established. Although you got to wonder why would you build such structure on a strategic location facing the Indian Ocean to just hold prisoners? And only 8 cells? Couldn't you build it somewhere else near and bigger to hold prisoners? Just food for thought. Don't miss the whaling tunnel under the house, including a secret shelter tunnel from WW2 air raids. Cheers
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