Fremantle Sights


Round House Review

An eyecatching landmark of early Fremantle atop an ocean-facing cliff, the Round House was built in 1831 by convicts to house other convicts. This curious, 12-sided building is the state's oldest surviving public structure. Its ramparts offer great vistas spanning from High Street to the Indian Ocean. Underneath, a tunnel was carved through the cliffs in the mid-1800s to give ships lying at anchor easy access from town. From the tunnel you can walk to the calm and quiet Bathers Beach where there used to be a whaling station, and listen out for the firing of the cannon at 1pm daily. Volunteer guides are on duty during opening hours.

Updated: 01-15-2014

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