19.01.2012 36 °C
This morning we had booked in to do a tour of the tunnels at the old Fremantle Prison. We arrived and had no trouble parking this time!
We had to suit up in coveralls and gumboots, then harnesses, life jackets! and hard hats with torches.
Ready for the tunnel tour!
The tour required descending three flights of ladders down the shafts into the tunnels.Climbing down the ladders we were locked into a sliding mechanism (the same as on the Sydney Harbour bridge climb). At the bottom we explored the tunnels, many were not high enough to stand up in and the guide told us the history.
Fremantle prison was established to provide labour for the struggling community and in particular to establish a better water supply. The tunnels were dug by hand and water tapped and pumped by hand to supply the whole Perth area.
Some parts of the tunnels were flooded and for these we climbed into boats and paddled (or just pushed along off the walls as the tunnels were quite narrow) and explored further. Unfortunately I couldn't carry my camera into the tunnels so have no photos.
We had a brief tour of the prison grounds, saw some of the cells and yards.
An old prison cell
We had lunch in Fremantle then went to Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens.
This Boab tree was transported to Perth from Telegraph Creek in Northern WA and is estimated to be 750 years old
Some friendly ducks came right up to us as we sat near the pond in the Gardens
From Kings Park we had great views of Perth city.
We rode back to Teena's avoiding the Freeway so that we saw more of the suburbs.