Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
Published November 21st 2020
A tour that will leave you captivated
Western Australia is one of the few states where we can enjoy the luxury of local travel and entertainment. With this being said: The Perth Fremantle Prison is open for business and they have a selection of tours for you to choose from.
Women's Prison - Photo Compliments of Social Humming Bird
The Fremantle Prison was established in the mid-1800s and was in use until 1991. It was originally called 'The Convict Establishment' before being renamed in 1867 as the 'Fremantle Prison'. In contrast to prisons of today, both convicted men and women were placed 'behind bars' within the walls of this 'gaol'.
A walk behind the bars - photo compliments of Social Humming Bird
Tour Guides have a wealth of knowledge, so don't be surprised to be captured by some riveting tales that have tainted the walls within. With every metre you move, you will learn about the 'best' and the 'worse' experiences people had behind the 5 metre walls.
Under Watch & Key - photo compliments of Social Humming Bird
Fremantle Prison has, ironically, never made it into any box office movie. When you walk into the main cell block, don't be taken aback by the uncanny similarities to the movie Alcatraz. I can guarantee that this is not a movie set. It is the 'real deal'.
Original Artwork on Display - photo compliments of Social Humming Bird
The 'Behind the Bars' tour lasts for 1 hour 15 minutes. You will learn about the conviction that both men and women experienced as early as 1850. You will also have the opportunity to witness some extraordinary artwork done my inmates over the years. Notably, no food is allowed on the tour, however, you will see how food was made back in the day. It is truly a historical experience of 'True Crime'.
From a Guard's Point of View - Photo Compliments of Social Humming Bird
The 'True Crime' tour lasts 1 hour 15 minutes. You will have the opportunity to 'see life' from both sides of the line. From the guard's viewpoint to the prisoner's perspective, you can be engrossed by true accounts that happened over decades. It was not an easy life for either party.
Paying the Price for Crime - Photo Compliments of Social Humming Bird
There is a cafe onsite where you can enjoy a captivating menu. Of course, with a gift store nearby, you could easily purchase a few mementoes. There may even be a few 'convicts' looking for their next 'Great Escape'.
Adopt a Convict - Photo Compliments of Social Humming Bird
While the tour is open to all ages, there are some gruesome exhibits that may leave a lasting impression. An example of this experience is the gallows. You will have the option to 'opt-out', however, I would err on the side of caution for younger children.
The Residence of the Dirty Dozen - Photo Compliments of Social Humming Bird
Bookings are essential and can be done by calling: 08-9336 9200. Overall, this was by far one of the most engaging and entertaining tours I have been on in Perth. This would be a perfect 'escape' from boredom during the holidays.