- Gold medal win for State's only built World Heritage site, Fremantle Prison
- Fremantle Prison recognised in the nation's top tourism awards
- The prison is one of three Gold medal winners from WA
The successful conservation and interpretation of Western Australia's convict and criminal past was recognised when Fremantle Prison took out top honours in the 2021 Australian Tourism Awards, announced on the Sunshine Coast over the weekend.
Fremantle Prison was among three WA winners at the awards, winning the gold medal in the Cultural Tourism category.
As the only built World Heritage listed site in WA, Fremantle Prison operates as a heritage precinct that balances its cultural heritage significance with complementary tourism activities. The prison is one of 11 sites around Australia that together form the 'Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property'.
Built by convicts in the 1850s and decommissioned as an operating prison in 1991, Fremantle Prison now offers a range of interpretive tours, as well as exhibitions and cultural events, which support conservation efforts.
The Australian Tourism Awards are the tourism industry's peak awards which aim to recognise and promote excellence in tourism. The Cultural Tourism category recognises tourism operations that foster a greater understanding and appreciation of authentic culture, history, heritage and/or the arts.
Two other WA tourism organisations won gold at the national awards ceremony, including Live Ningaloo for Ecotourism and Tree Chalets for best Self Contained Accommodation.
Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman:
"I am delighted to see Fremantle Prison continuing to be recognised at such a high level.
"Fremantle Prison is already a heritage icon in Western Australia so to have it recognised at a national level cements its importance as a world-class cultural tourism experience.
"Congratulations to the Director of Fremantle Prison Paula Nelson and her team, who have played a significant part in WA's only built World Heritage site being recognised in this way."
Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk:
"I am delighted to hear that Fremantle Prison has won gold in the Cultural Tourism category.
"It is a magnificent site that draws in many visitors. It has a rich history that forms part of the Fremantle story."
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