Fremantle Prison: Time in the Tunnels

Fremantle Prison--a UNESCO World Heritage Site--was built in the 1850s and sits atop a network of tunnels and passageways that form the astonishing labyrinth you will explore today. Put on a hard hat, slip into a pair of overalls, pull on some boots and switch on your headlamp. Then, you’ll lock into the ladder system and descend 65 feet into the depths below. Trek with your guide, on foot, as (s)he explains how the tunnels were built and what their purpose was. Time to kick it up a notch? Just add water! When you reach the wet section, hop into a replica convict punt to explore the submerged passageways accessible only by boat. You’ll discover original blast holes, bores, oil lamp recesses and artifacts from the days when working in the tunnels was hard labor punishment for prisoners. This is an unforgettable experience combining adventure and a glimpse of Australia’s macabre penal history.
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    Special Interest

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    Special Interest

  • Duration

    3.5 hours

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  • Price

    Adult from $129.99
    Children (12 & under) from $119.99

Cameras, including GoPro, can be used on parts of the tour however cannot be taken down into the tunnels. Lockers are provided for safe storage of items while on tour Minimum age is 12 years. Children between the ages of 12 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult (18+). People between the ages of 12 and 17 years must have the declaration form co-signed by an adult Participants must be physically fit and able. If you are an expectant mother or are recovering from a medical procedure, you are advised not to participate on this tour Visitors must be able to fit into the compulsory safety equipment provided. This includes helmet, life jacket, harness, coveralls and boots. A range of sizes is available. If you have any concerns please ask the Shore Excursion staff at the time of booking Alcohol breath test applies (must have less than 0.05 reading) Long hair should be tied back Pants, jeans or shorts are recommended BYO socks A declaration form must be read and signed by each participant This experience involves climbing down and back up a 20 metre ladder. It is not recommended for those with a fear of heights. The tunnels are approximately 2 metres wide and as low as 1.5 metres high in some points. It is not recommended for people who suffer from claustrophobia. The tour involves ladder climbing, walking while stooping (not crawling) and paddling small boats. You must advise your guide of any health issues that may affect your ability to complete this tour.

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