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You can already sleep in a cell in Australia, at Fremantle Prison YHA, and now you can also stay in the guards’ colonial cottages, just outside the jail walls!

Part of a UNESCO listed jail complex

The latest unique tourism accommodation in Western Australia is Fremantle Colonial Cottages, part of a UNESCO World Heritage-listed nineteenth century jail complex.

Choose from three self-contained, lovingly restored historic cottages, each with its own distinctive history dating back to 1857. The cottages are ideal for families, groups and friends wanting to stay somewhere special when visiting the historic maritime city of Fremantle.


Each cottage has two bedrooms (sleeping a total of 6 people in double and bunk rooms) as well as a fully equipped self-contained kitchen/dining/lounge room, private bathroom and outdoor patio in the backyard. Guests can also relax on the front veranda – perfect for taking in the views over ‘Freo’ (as the locals call it).

Right at the City Centre

Fremantle Prison is one of Australia’s most popular tourism attractions, offering a range of tours by day and by night. The history of the site dates back to 1829, when the jail was first constructed for convicts, continuing to operate as a prison until 1991. To have a fully immersive experience, stay on-site in this historic compound, in the comfort of the former guards’ homes.

Fremantle Colonial Cottages cost from just AUD $250 per cottage per night. Starting today till 30 September, you can even get three nights for the price of two!

Just a few minutes’ walk from the cottages is the vibrant port city of Fremantle with its heritage streetscape, colourful markets, bohemian cafes and buzzing nightlife.

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