Fremantle (Perth), Australia
The Tunnels of Fremantle Prison (A Small-Group Tour)
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Approximately 3½ Hours
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.
Minimum age is 12 years. Photographic equipment can be used on parts of the tour but cannot be taken down into the tunnels. Lockers are provided. Participants must be physically fit and able. 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 EXC Tours staff at the time of booking. Alcohol breath test applies (must have less than 0.05 reading). Long hair must be tied back. Skirts are not permitted; closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Not suitable for pregnant women or for those who suffer from claustrophobia. Involves ladder-climbing, walking while stooping (not crawling), and paddling a small boat. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed.