Fremantle Prison, built by convict labour between 1851 and 1859, remained open until 1991. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, there are a number of tours available to view the site, including a night torchlight tour. Several of the former prison buildings have been repurposed since its closure.
Fremantle Youth Hostel (YHA) is housed in the former women’s prison, and you can stay in a cell for a reasonable price! Although we opted for a newly built ensuite room.
There is a sculpture in Fremantle, WA Australia dedicated to the fishermen of the region. There are two bronze figures and a jetty with twelve columns containing 608 names, the pioneers of fishing in the west. This is the work of Greg James & John Tarry, unveiled in 2005.
Here is a part of the scene, interpreted to include the current fishing fleet: Fishermen, then and now.
On our way through Western Australia we spent the night camping on a sheep station. Fraser Range Station, 100km from Norseman is a fantastic place full of history. First settled in 1872 running sheep, it is the oldest continually running station in the region. The size of the station is mind boggling; at approximately 500,000 acres. To put that into perspective I looked up the area of a couple of cities, London: 388,000 acres, Los Angeles: 321,000 acres.
The station still runs sheep, but now for meat instead of wool, so where once were shearers are now tourists using the quarters for overnight accomodation. The camp kitchen was amazing and they even supplied an evening meal if you wanted it. A place I would thoroughly recommend.
Oh the irony, we travel so far and do a brewery tour we could have done at home. The Little Creatures Brewery established in Fremantle, WA in 2000, expanded to Geelong in 2013.
The site in Fremantle is interesting because it is housed in the former site of the boat sheds for the 1987 America’s Cup yachts. The site in Geelong is housed in a former carpet factory and is just as spectacular. I enjoy both the beer, especially the pale ale and the food menu at Little Creatures.