'You are going to Jail.'
Shivers went down the spines of the boys when they heard that. What have they done wrong during the Perth holiday trip to deserve this?
Before you think I am a wicked dad, relax ah.
We are actually heading to Fremantle Prison in Perth. Fremantle Prison is NOT a working prison. It is a former Australian Prison that was closed in November 1991. Today it is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and opened to visitors for a visit.
There are tours of various fear factor for Fremantle Prison. From the family friendly Doing time to the adventurous tunnel tour and the spine-tingling Torchlight Tour, there is a tour for everyone at Fremantle Prison. Since we are a family with young kids, we decided Doing Time is good enough for us.
After checking in, we are led through a shower to clean up before hitting the prison ground.
Cancel that thought about the shower. Apparently, the prison ran out of towels for us to dry.
Beyond the shower area, we headed to the open compound of the prison. The prison had undergone some renovations since it was opened in 1855. You can see new facade and additional walls throughout the prison grounds.
It's time to head into the main prison compound to see our cells.
If you look up, you would be thinking that you are on a ship as the prison was build to resemble the interior of it. If you notice the nets , they are not meant as barriers. Rather they are life savers as they are purposely build to save convicts who decided to throw themselves or be thrown down the floors by others!
The tour continues with a walk through parts of the prison.
The next stop was the Prison Chapel. Time in the Chapel is always treasured by the prisoners. Here they can escape from their tiny cells, seat freely and interact with others. After looking at their tiny rooms later, you would understand their feelings.
It's time to head back to the Prison and check out our lodging.
Nah, we will not be staying there , but here is a peek of what to expect if you were a prisoner at Fremantle.
In the early days, you would have a cell that measures 2 X 1.2 M. Not exactly your standard room in the hotel.
Beds with mattress replaced the hammock in the years that past.
It does look comfortable and probably bigger than some of the small apartments bedrooms of today. That is until someone decided it might be a good idea to add a bunk bed.
Bulk bed allows companion but it halves the living area.
Definitely made it more liveable!
There is also a gym in some of the open areas. The gym equipment was chained down so they will not use as weapons.
Next, we were brought to a small house where the convicts are kept if they misbehave.
An empty room with awaits the convicts if they create trouble in Prison. For the ones that continues to misbehave, whipping was conducted at the whipping post.
No one as whipped on the tour. Just a demo only lah.
You can also visit the small museum if you do not intend to take the tour.
A must see when you are in Fremantle Perth!