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Part 17: Kings Park in Perth

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Part 18, Indian Ocean & Fremantle

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11/17/2016 - From Kings Park, we made our way to the coastal area, and had an opportunity to visit the Indian Ocean. This would be the first time that I had seen the Indian Ocean, just to the North of Fremantle.

Along the shoreline, there were some really cool rock formations that you could see and explore.

After the short visit to the ocean shore, we went into the town of Fremantle to wonder around, parking the car near one of the main parks in the town.

As we made our way back towards the shoreline, we passed by the fishing boat harbour. We also had a chance to see several statues in the
area that paid tribute to those who worked in various maritime industries, as well as a statue that paid tribute to Bon Scott from the band AC/DC among others.

We then took a stroll over to an old tunnel that had been dug by whalers several decades ago. This tunnel had also been used as a bombing
raid shelter during World War II.

We then saw the Old Round House, which was the first permanent building built in the Swan River Colony in the 1830's. Inside they showcased life in the early days of the colony before it become the larger urban area that it now is.

As it got close to lunchtime, we headed into town, where there were a lot of well maintained buildings classic buildings. Christene and Mama Leony introduced me to an Austrailan burger chain called Grill'd that was REALLY GOOD! So good that I forgot to take pictures of the place!

After lunch, it was time to visit one of the oldest prisons in Australia, Fremantle Prison. It was opened 1855, then closed in 1991. Now they offer tours of the facility, which we decided to take to learn more about the place.

The tour starts off in the processing center where new prisoners are registered and issued their prison clothes.

Once you exit the processing center, you then go into the main prison yard, and head over to the main cell block.

Once you're inside the cell block, you have the opportunity to look into the prison cells, and see how they were at different points in time. The one common trend in each of them was that you had a bucket or portable toilet as there was no plumming in the individual cells, and even as late as 1991 when the prision closed, the cells seemed very ancient in comparsion to some more modern prisons.

One of the neat things that they did with the prison after it's closure was to preserve some of the art done on the cell walls by the prisoners who resided inside of them. It was fascinating to see just how talented some of the prisoners were.

Outside of the main cell block, we were shown the main meal area, as well as where they dumped their cell buckets and where they were able to exercise, although in the middle of the day in the summer, most of them would just try to hide in the shade since it can get really hot in Fremantle.

Our guide also did a demonstration of one of the main punishments for the prisoners, which would be to recieve lashes with a cat-o-nine tails. Fortunately for the volunteer, she went easy on him.

We also saw the solitary confinement block, which had about 10 or 12 cells for solitary. As you can see in the cell, there isn't much in there.

There was one specific cell in the block that was reserved for those how had been sentenced to be executed.

Once the time for their execution came, they were led to the gallows, which was inside of a small building. According to the tour guide, the
rope was replaced after each hanging with the old rope being burned. The death penalty has since been abolished in Australia, with the last hanging in Fremantle Prison taking place in 1964.

Upon exiting the prison tour, there is a gift shop where you can buy a convict teddy bear, and you can see the residence of the of the warden of the prison.

Before heading back into Perth, we also passed by a historic stadium, Fremantle Oval, which opened in 1895. It has hosted cricket and Australian Rules Football, with football becoming the main attraction of the stadium. It is the current home of the Fremantle Bulldogs of the Western Australia Football League.

And with that, we conclude our visit to the Indian Ocean, and our look at the historic area of Fremantle. It has a lot of sites worth exploring, and the prison tours was really fascinating.

Up next, we head back into the central business district of Perth and explore Elizabeth Quay.
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Part 13 - Australia Zoo
Part 1 - Wondering through Auckland
Part 14 - Aussie World
Part 2 - Walk to Mission Bay
Part 15 - Sea World & Wet n' Wild
Part 3 - Mount Eden
Part 16 - Alice Springs
Part 4 - Rainbow's End
Part 17 - Kings Park in Perth
Part 5 - Arrival in Sydney
>> Part 18 - Indian Ocean & Fremantle <<
Part 6 - Ms. Macquire's Point
Part 19 - Perth CBD & Elizabeth Quay
Part 7 - Luna Park
Part 20 - Adventure World
Part 8 - Sydney Harbor Bridge & Rocks Tour
Part 21 - Walking through Melbourne
Part 9 - Bondi Beach & Darling Harbour
Part 22 - Luna Park Melbourne & St. Kilda
Part 10 - Walk Through Cairns
Part 23 - Victoria Parliament
Part 11 - Great Barrier Reef & Green Island
Part 24 - Back to Auckland
Part 12 - Warner Bros. Movie World