Fremantle Prision and Wine Tour

On one of my last days in Perth, we went to the Fremantle Prison.
This was a huge prison, and operated until 1991. It could hold about 1000 inmates at a time, and is a vital part of the Australian convict history.

It was really cool to take a tour and go through some of the history of the prison, and how it operated on a day-to-day basis.

We got a tour of where inmates would interact outside, some of their activities included volleyball, basketball, and most popular, cards.

Just in case anyone thought “recess” was a great time to escape…

This broken bottle wall quickly changed your mind.

The inside of one of the halls.
Their church.

Some artwork one inmate painted on his walls during his “spare time”

What the cells used to look like when the prison was first opened, but quickly were expanded by double as inmates were suffocating, as there was not enough air ventilation

The inmate’s least favourite pastime
The lashing station

Where inmates got their “time outs”

In all prisons in Australia it is bad luck for the numbers 6 or 16 to be displayed.
The 6 or 16 representing “the hanging man” or “hanging man on a pole”

Final destination
All together there were about 34 inmates who died by the form of hanging. One was a woman. It was incredibly scary to be in this room as you could just feel the fear, and it started to get dark and stormy so we quickly got out of there.

On my last day in Perth, we took a Wine Tour of Swan Valley. First it started on a boat, which took us up the Swan River. We got to start our wine and cheese tasting on the boat, and enjoy the sun on the deck.
When we docked, we got on a bus and started to our visit vineyard. At the first vineyard, we got to try six different wines, two whites, two reds, one rose, and one sparkling. We also got to try 6 different cheeses, which were amazing. My favourite was the chili flake, and the basil and chive one. They would be perfect to melt on pasta!

From then on we set out to two more wineries where we got a total of about 15-20 different wines to taste. This included many different reds, whites, sparklings, ports, and roses. It was great trying so many different wines, and comparing which ones you like, and which you don’t quite fancy.

We then headed to one of the vineyards cafes, where we enjoyed a huge antipasto platter filled with calamari, prawns, cheeses, meats, fruit, sausage rolls, bread sticks, and of course…some more wine!

After lunch we headed to a German Brewery where we got to taste different beers, and also got some samples of some schnitzel. Our last stop was at an amazing chocolate store, where we got tons of free samples, to top off an amazing day.

While walking around the city of Perth, I saw this building and realized that Heath Ledger was from Perth. It was pretty cool to know that he was from this city. Like any true movie lover, I tried to find if there were any tributes to him, or if we could find where he was burried. But apparently his ashes were scattered somewhere in Perth. He was a great actor, R.I.P.

At the end of my week, I was a tad sad to leave Perth, but was excited to get back to my little paradise on the beach. (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i[‘GoogleAnalyticsObject’]=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,’script’,’//’,’ga’); ga(‘create’, ‘UA-42798257-1’, ‘’); ga(‘send’, ‘pageview’);

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