WA Maritime Museum

The Oberon class Submarine HMAS Ovens is an authentic Cold War-era vessel situated on Fremantle's historic World War II submarine slipway. This exhibit serves as a living memorial to submariners and those who gave their lives while serving from Fremantle during World War II.

Guided tours of the submarine leave every half hour (10am - 3.30pm) from the WA Maritime Museum. Bookings are advised as tours are subject to availability. The guided tours take approximately one hour and reveal intimate details about living and serving aboard the 89 meter long vessel. Quite amazingly, 63 people served aboard the vessel living amongst pumps, controls, sensors, tactical equipment and torpedoes in extremely cramped conditions.

Find out what life is like aboard a submarine and immerse yourself in Fremantle's secret wartime history.


Bookings can be made at the front desk at the Maritime Museum or by calling 1300 134 081. Bookings are advised as tours are subject to availability. Please call ahead if you have a larger group or are concerned about weather conditions. 

Tour costs can found on the WA Maritime Museum page.

Individual tickets for the submarine tour or joint tickets with the Maritime Museum are available.

Health and Safety information 

The tour includes climbing 9 meter high scaffolding stairs, steeply inclined ladders and bending through narrow hatchways, a reasonable level of fitness, freedom from significant injuries, and the ability to climb independently (without walking aids) is required.

Please see the Conditions of Entry and the Submarine HMAS Ovens FAQs.

Age Restrictions

For safety reasons, children must be over the age of five and at least 100cm tall to participate on the submarine tour.

Note: tours can be cancelled because of severe weather conditions (eg. high winds, thunderstorms or high temperatures) - tickets will be refunded in such events.

Volunteering: if you are interested in volunteering as a tour guide, find out how on the get involved page of this website.

Image copyright of the Western Australian Museum

HMAS Ovens

Photo from WA Museum

Getting Here

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Victoria Quay,
Western Australia,

1300 134 081

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By Train
The WA Maritime Museum is located within walking distance of Fremantle Station visit the Transperth website for timetables.

By Bus
The WA Maritime Museum is serviced by the free Fremantle Cat Service, at stop 24. Visit the Transperth website for timetables and details.

By Car
Paid parking is available in the City of Fremantle car park just outside the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Additional paid parking is available in the Wilsons car park at the WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay which is a short walk from the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

By Ferry
Captain Cook Cruises offer a range of ferry services from Perth which stop nearby at B-Shed ferry terminal.

Comprehensive accessibility information about the WA Maritime Museum can be found on the Access WA website.