If history, heritage, wineries, wildflowers, wildlife and good cuisine turn you on, then our tours are for you.

'Where the Craic meets the Culture'

Catalpa Day
Western Australia
Easter Monday

elcome friends to John Boyle O'Reilly Tours.
John Boyle O'Reilly Tours, is named in honour of one of Ireland's most famous poets, writers, humanists, and patriots.
O'Reilly was also famous for literary contributions to Australia, America and Ireland.

Our tours follow in the footsteps of O'Reilly's time in Australia (1868\69), including his influence and role in the famous 'Catalpa Escape' (1876) - when a group of Irish political prisoners (Fenians) made a daring escape from Fremantle prison in Western Australia to America.

Come with us where the 'Craic meets the Culture' and relive those amazing times.

Discover Fremantle's rich Historical an Heritage past

Visit the Fremantle prison, and experience what it was like when O'Reilly and his compatriots where incarcerated for their passion, and determination of only wanting a 'Free Ireland'. Experience the splendid architecture of Western Australia's penal convict era
Fremantle Prison
Inside the 'Establishment'

Wildflowers, Wildlife and Bushtucker

Follow O'Reilly's trail into the South West region of Western Australia where he worked on road gangs near the Port City of Bunbury, and made several contacts in preparedness for his harrowing and incredible escape to America.

An abundance of Western Australia's unique fauna and flora can be found in this region
O'Reilly's hideout location at Belvidere

While in the South West visit the haunts and locations where O'Reilly won the hearts of many locals. Visit the beautiful Belvidere beach on the magnificent Leschenault Peninsula Conservation Park where O'Reilly hid out for over two weeks before his successful rendezvous with the American whaler the "Gazelle".

On our return back to Fremantle, we will call in to the coastal town of Rockingham, and visit the site of the 'Catalpa Escape' where 6 Irish political prisoners (with the help of John Boyle O'Reilly) made their daring escape to America.

John Boyle O'Reilly tours are designed for those interested in Western Australia's untold history, heritage and cultural diversity.

Indigenous and Ecotourism Connections

Eucalyptus calophylla - Called kardan by local Aboriginal people and used as a bush medicine
Marri Tree

Tours will also include an environmental and indigenous theme in honour of O'Reilly's love of humanity and nature, as it's believed O' Reilly saved a large Marri tree (red gum) from the axe, while working on a road gang in the Bunbury area.

To make your tour memorable and specialized, we only allow a maximum of 11 clients. This way you don't get lost or trampled in the crowd, and at the same time enjoy quality time, including value for money.
However, we are flexible and can cater for up to 24 people if required.

Tours are packed with well-documented historical stories and anecdotes of the Irish influence on Western Australian society and culture.

So come with us on our 1 or 2 day tours, and soak in the Craic'n' Culture.

All tours include transport, accommodation (2 day tours), attractions, and all meals (lunch only 1 day tour).

Large or social group tours can be catered for on request.

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