Fremantle: Convicts and Colonials
Fremantle is Perth’s hip and historic cousin, an easy 25 minutes from the city. Heritage buildings and boutique shops line the pretty streets alongside trendy cafés selling locally made treats. Explore the best of Fremantle with a local by your side; take a stroll down the cappuccino strip and around the harbours, hear tall tales of old salty seadogs and crafty convicts, and stop for lunch at our favourite local restaurant before ending your tour at one of the British Empire’s most notorious correctional facilities: UNESCO-listed Fremantle Prison!
Fremantle Tour Highlights
- Learn about the fascinating people who shaped Fremantle — or ‘Freo’ for short!
- Uncover the stories of Fremantle’s maritime past, pioneering heroes, shady criminals, and famous jailbreaks.
- See landmarks like the Roundhouse and Fremantle Prison.
- Discover the local stories that make Freo what it is today — an awesome city to explore!
Inclusions: Local guide, lunch, entry to Fremantle Prison, entry to the Fremantle Roundhouse
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips or gratuities for guides, meals, bottled water
Fremantle Tour Details
- Duration: 2 hours
- Meeting point: Fremantle Visitor Information Centre – Kings Square, Fremantle, WA 6160. Please note: Starting April 1, 2019, the new meeting time will be 11 am.
- Starting time: 10 am
- Ending point: Fremantle Roundhouse – Western End of High Street at Arthur Head Fremantle 6160. Please note: Starting April 1, 2019, the ending point will be Fremantle Prison (Fremantle Prison, 1 the Terrace, Fremantle, WA 6160). The new finish time will be 3 pm.
- Full Itinerary
Your adventure begins at the Fremantle Town Hall, and rest assured, this walking tour is no boring history lesson but rather takes a non-traditional route, discovering factual, anecdotal, and downright fascinating local stories.
Renowned for its well-preserved architectural heritage, including colonial buildings and one of the most infamous prisons in the British Empire, Fremantle’s locals were as hard as nails — salty sea dogs who rubbed shoulders with newly arrived immigrants to create a town full of characters. Hear some of their amazing stories from your local guide!
Once home to whaling stations and mass immigration, Freo is now a charming town celebrated for its variety of restaurants and multicultural history. Lunch at a locally owned venue is included in the tour. You get to hear of local tales, such as Irish prisoners escaping, comical British bushrangers, and the shameful expulsion of Indigenous peoples to Rottnest Island.
There is no better way to explore Freo than with a local guide to tell you all its fascinating stories and visit its amazing sites — of which there are many, if you hadn’t guessed!
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable shoes and dress as you see appropriate to the weather. April – Aug may expect cold/rain, so be prepared. Check out the weather report the day before.
Your trip: This trip is offered on a ‘join-in’ basis. Maximum group size is 12
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. See you at the starting point! Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ are bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Mr. Veronica S. from Australia travelled on 01 Feb 2018:
Ryan was fantastic, very enthusiastic and informative,
Mr. Christine H. from Australia travelled on 09 Feb 2017:
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour! Bernadette was an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. It was my third time doing this specific tour and each time I learn something new from the different guides. I highly recommend it to others!
Mr. Julie N. from Australia travelled on 06 Nov 2015:
I did a Convicts and Colonials Tour in Fremantle, WA with Bernie. Only one in group. She was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. I had lots of opportunities to take photos. Great way to see things that the bus tours don’t show you. I finished up the tour with some lovely fish and chips overlooking the harbour.