Fremantle Prison nominated in ‘7 Wonders of Australia’ competition

Luke Donegan, John Vanderheeg & Paula Nelson (Director of Fremantle Prison). Photo: Bruce Hunt
Luke Donegan, John Vanderheeg & Paula Nelson (Director of Fremantle Prison). Photo: Bruce Hunt

FREMANTLE Prison has been nominated to be one of the ‘7 Wonders of Australia’.

The prison was one of 10 iconic WA sites to be nominated for the Experience Oz campaign, which asks Australians of voting age to elect from a shortlist of 50 iconic Australian natural sites, landmarks and architectural icons.

Director of the Fremantle Prison Paula Nelson said it was exciting for the prison to be nominated.

“To be included on a list which includes the best tourism sites Australia has to offer is great recognition for the prison, Fremantle and Western Australia,” she said.

“We hope the people of WA are as excited as we are.”

Ms Nelson said it would be an honour to be included on the list.

“We’d love to be able to represent WA on such a national platform, and hopefully it would encourage visitors, both locally, nationally and abroad, to visit and experience what the prison has to offer,” she said.

“We hope the people of WA can get behind us.”

This nomination follows the prison being given a gold medal win for Cultural Tourism at the Australian Tourism Awards in February.

Public voting is now open and closes Sunday October 7, before the top 20 nominees are deliberated on by a panel of experts that will announce the 7 Wonders of Australia in November 2018.