Fremantle Prison’s Tunnel Tour July 2020

Day Trip to Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison’s Tunnel Tour

Fremantle Prison Opening Hours

9 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week
Closed Good Friday & Xmas day
(later on Wed and Fri evenings).

Visitors and community safety COVID 19

The health and safety of visitors and staff are of the utmost importance.

With the recent easing of restrictions, the prison is now in a position to re-open in accordance with the State Government’s health advice.

Measures in place to keep tourists safe.

  • Keeping a safe distance and additional cleaning is taking place. Reduced tour capacities
    We have reduced our tour group sizes to just 15 visitors, to allow for social distancing to be upheld.
  • Providing hand sanitizer
    Hand sanitizer has been placed at multiple points throughout our site.
  • Contactless payment
    While cash will be accepted – cashless, contactless payment options are preferred.
  • Hygiene screens
    Hygiene screens have been installed at each point of sale – both at our ticket office and in our gift shop.
  • Limited services
    Unfortunately, some tours will remain suspended. Tunnels tours require some direct physical contact, and will, therefore, remain unavailable until further notice.

Fremantle Prison is a popular tourist attraction in WA that makes for a fantastic day trip in the bustling metropolis of Fremantle.

Explore the prison’s haunting past as a site of incarceration since the late 19th century, and learn the rich history of settlement to Western Australia. Discover the inmate’s isolated cells, the eerie gallows, but most haunting of all the series of maze-like tunnels that lie underneath the prison grounds and were built by former prisoners as a form of intense punishment.

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For those with a dare-devil attitude, don the hardhat and overalls and descend 20 meters into the cavernous depths that quietly snake under the prison grounds. The tour itself is led by skilled guides with expert insight into the prison’s heritage and history, as well as knowledge of the labyrinth system that sprawl underground. The tour is mostly made up of foot, before boarding replica punts and traveling the same narrow routes that the convicts once used to journey the waterlogged passageways that can only be accessed by boat.

Be sure to look out for original blast holes, bores, oil lamp recesses, and artifacts that have been leftover from when this ancient site was in use and when the tunnel being built by inmates. Another word of advice – bring a camera!

You can find more information on this heritage site by visiting www.fremantleprison.com.au