Fremantle

Fremantle
Fremantle is renowned for its well-preserved architectural heritage, including convict-built structures and hundreds of gold rush-era buildings, presenting a variety and unity of historic buildings and streetscapes.

Things to Do in Fremantle Today

Fremantle Sunset Sail – 2hrs
Settlement Explorer Tour
Rottnest Island Dive or Snorkel

Carnac Island 1/2 Day Sail
Rottnest Island Deep Dives
Fortress Adventure

Whale Watch Experience ~ PERTH
Street Art WALK Tour

Perth (Fremantle) Day Photography Workshop

Street Art, Beers and Bikes
EAT

DRINK

WALK
BIKE

Bucks / Hens Party

4hr Adventure Tour & BBQ Lunch
2-3 Hr Whale Watching Tour

Skippered Yacht Charter

Centre Cab – Tow Yourself
Bow Rider – Tow Yourself

Jet Ski – On Water

Perth (Fremantle) Private Photography Workshop
Perth (Fremantle) Photography Workshop – Day & Night

Perth (Fremantle) Night Photography Workshop

Perth (City) Photography Workshop – Day & Night
Perth (City) Night Photography Workshop

Perth (Fremantle) Smartphone Photography Course

Bow Rider – On Water
Centre Cab – On Water

Fremantle Pioneer Explorer

Absolute Fremantle Tour Here
Whale Watch Experience ~ VIP Captains Lounge ~ PERTH

Across Australia Tour – West to East Inc. Finke Desert Race

Canning Stock Route – Broome to Perth
Across Australia Tour – West to East

Canning Stock Route – Perth to Broome

Historic Fremantle Tour
Perth, Kings Park, Swan River and Fremantle Cruise

Perth (City) Private Photography Workshop

Travel Fremantle

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Tourists always find time to take a picture in front of the vivid Fremantle rainbow container.

Fremantle, or ‘Freo’ to its friends, is Perth’s historic port town, known for its festive, bohemian atmosphere, vibrant street performers, fantastic cuisine, coffee, and pubs. The well-preserved early-nineteenth-century architecture, marine setting, and artistic community present a sensory feast. Freo boasts five well-equipped hostels, all of which are centrally placed, and is now a well-established base for travelers.

Fremantle has historically been a hub for European immigration, who have contributed to the city’s distinct street cafe culture. The great influence of Italian and other Europeans, the forefathers of Freo’s fishing industry, has resulted in small boutique establishments serving what is perhaps the best coffee in town, as well as ice cream, pizza, and pasta.

In fact, Freo is even more laid-back than Perth. Its ‘anything goes’ mentality dates back to the early 1980s, when members of Bhagwan Rajneesh’s cult of want tobe Sannyasins rushed through Freo on their way to India. Although their orange robes are no longer worn, their memory lives on in the alternative culture that has become synonymous with Fremantle.

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Fremantle library is full of knowledge.

The Fremantle Library, located opposite the Fremantle Visitors Centre and backing onto the Town Hall Square, has a wealth of information about what’s going on in town, displayed on large notice boards. Mills Records on Victoria Street is open late and a nice spot to listen to music. The Luna on Essex Cinema is a great venue to see the latest independent, international, and arthouse films.

The Fremantle Markets on South Terrace are one of Freo’s most famous attractions, and have been going strong for over 100 years. The main building houses local arts and crafts, curios and fashion, while the outdoors annexe is abuzz with fruit and vegetable stall holders, all calling out about their wares and discounting heavily around Sunday’s closing time (4 -5pm). The Markets are open Friday-Sunday. Friday nights are especially good in the cosy Market Bar with talented live musicians singing for their supper.

One of Freo’s integral attractions is its waterfront location. Fremantle Harbour is a delight on a sunny day, with a myriad of fish and chip shops and the inevitable squawking seagulls. The Esplanade Park is a shady expanse behind the harbour and hosts many festivals throughout summer, usually held on Sundays.

The impressive new WA Maritime Museum, complete with submarine, is located at Victoria Quay and the Maritime Museum Shipwreck Galleries can be found on Cliff Street. On the port side of the harbour you’ll find the E Shed Markets (open Fri – Sun) and Rottnest ferry terminals.

Many of Freo’s historical buildings, such as the Fremantle Arts Centre and the Old Fremantle Prison, were built by early English and Irish convicts out of the local limestone – imagine building your own prison!

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Fremantle Prison was once one of the most notorious prisons in the British Empire. It housed British convicts, local prisoners, military prisoners, enemy aliens and prisoners of war.

Although no longer used to incarcerate cons the Old Prison does still hold people in small rooms, possibly against their better wishes at times, as it now contains numerous offices. The Prison offers day, night and now underground, kayak tunnel tours (extreme heritage!).

One of Freo’s oldest buildings is the Roundhouse Gaol, at the harbour end of High Street, the original holding cells for the first convicts once they got off the boat. Many heritage listed buildings in Fremantle are reputed to be haunted, including several old pubs, but don’t let this put you off your beer.

The ‘Cappuccino Strip’, along South Terrace the bustling cafe hub of Freo, is fantastic for people-watching. Landmark cafes here include Gino’s, Dome, Benny’s and Interfoods. The clientele are as faithful as they are individual and after a couple of days you’ll start seeing familiar local faces, and recognise their dogs, didgeridoos and bicycles.

Freo has some of the best night life in the West, with loads of live music venues, good pubs and late night clubs and cafes. There are several stylish bars on South Terrace, such as Benny’s and Madonna’s, and on the waterfront at Fremantle Harbour, like Little Creatures and Harbourside.

Federation style hotels, many offering their own micro-brewed ales and beers, can be found throughout Freo and include the Sail and Anchor and the Orient.

The Norfolk Hotel and Clancy’s Fish Pub – behind the Film and Television Institute on Adelaide Street – have a buzzing outdoor Sunday Session.

Nightclubs in Freo include the Metropolis and the Clink, which play mainly dance music. Mojos in North Fremantle (just over the bridge), Fly by Night Club (in a converted air plane hanger on Parry Street) and Kulcha (above Dome café in South Terrace) are premier live music venues. The Fremantle Arts Centre also often has free live music performed by local bands in the courtyard on sunny Sunday afternoons – check out www.fac.org.au for details. Many Freo pubs provide live music, bands or Djs, particularly on weekends, without a cover charge.

For cooling off in summer, Bather’s Beach (aka McDonald’s Beach) is a central option. South Beach, Freo’s favoured swimming spot, is a 25 minute stroll south of the harbour along Marine Terrace, or you can catch an orange CAT bus there for free. Handy to town is the Fremantle Leisure Centre on Parry Street, with two huge pools (one indoor, one out, but both heated), gym facilities and a large, shaded grassy area.

For ultra cheap shopping check out the op-shop strip along the Parry Street end of High Street. Op-shops are run by charity organisations and sell donated clothes, shoes, pots, pans and all sorts of stuff you may find handy or humorous while you’re on the road.