Fremantle was once the chosen location for the Anzac Convoy departure. It has a rich history of whaling and some dark times when it was an arrival point for convicts sent to Western Australia. Our 2 day stay was to include a visit to Rottnest Island and a stay in the YHA Prison Hostel, once the women’s jail.
As we checked into our hostel, we were effectively welcomed to prison! Our room was a private cell with an ensuite. Undoubtedly more luxurious than the original cells. But the inside of the prison does retains its original fixtures with solid wood doors, bars on windows, exercise areas and solid stone walls. The corridors have plaques with stories of notorious prisoners and rumours of ghosts about. Guests are asked to advise reception if a ghost is spotted.
On our first night, I left the window open and the wind made the bathroom door rattle and the sensor activated bathroom light come on constantly. It woke me up but I was too afraid to open my eyes in case it was a ghost.
On our first day, we walked extensively around the port area, walked around the Round House, looked at the art exhibit that took up a whole city block and had a glass of wine at a chic bar while watching the sunset.