Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison, originally known as The Convict Establishment, is one of Western Australia's premier heritage tourism attractions. In August 2010 the Prison became the first building in Western Australia to be inscribed on to the prestigious World Heritage list as part of the Australian Convict Sites . It is currently the only World Heritage Listed site in the Perth Metropolitan region.

Since opening as an attraction in 1992 Fremantle Prison has welcomed over three million people on a range of entertaining and educational guided tours. In addition to its guided tour program the Prison also features exhibitions in the Prison Gallery, interpretive Visitors Centres, an onsite cafe and an award winning Gift Shop.



Built by convicts in the 1850s, Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration for 136 years before being decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991. The empty prison with its solitary cells and gallows is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent.

Visitors can step inside and do time with Fremantle Prison's experienced guides on a range of fascinating tours. Prison Day 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.

Bookings are essential for Tunnels Tours and Torchlight Tours.

For more information on tours please visit the Fremantle Prison website at


Open to the public 7 days a week from 10.00am until 5.00pm, late on Wednesday and Friday evenings (the Prison is closed Good Friday and Christmas Day).


Parking and bathroom facilities are available for people with disabilities. As not all areas of the Prison are accessible by wheelchairs, discounted rates are offered to people with mobility disabilities. Free entry for carers on presentation of companion cards.


Accepted concession cards include- Seniors Card, Pensioner Card, Student Card, Backpacker Card (YHA, VIP, Nomads, Peter Pan). Concession rates are available for holders of valid and current concession cards. All concession cards must be presented at the Prison to be eligible for concession prices. Any adult seeking a concession must be the main beneficiary of the concession card. If cards are not presented on arrival the balance will need to be paid before commencement of the tour.

Carers admitted free of charge on presentation of valid Companion Cards.