Fremantle

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Things to Do in Fremantle Today

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Travel Fremantle

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Fremantle, or ‘Freo’ to its mates, is Perth’s old port town and is well loved for its festive, bohemian atmosphere, lively street performers, great food, coffee and pubs. The well-preserved early 19th century architecture, maritime location and creative community provide a real feast for the senses. Now a firmly established base for travellers, Freo has five well-equipped hostels – all centrally located.

Fremantle has long been a centre for European migrants who have given the place its unique street cafe culture. The strong influence of Italian and other Europeans, the pioneers of Freo’s fishing industry, have resulted in little boutique places offering what is arguably the best coffee around, not to mention ice cream, pizza and pasta.

If anything, Freo is even more chilled out than Perth. Its ‘anything goes’ attitude extends back at least to the early 1980s, when members of Bhagwan Rajneesh’s cult following of wannabe Sannyasins flooded through Freo en route to India. Although their orange robes have gone the legacy lives on in the alternative lifestyle that has come to characterise Fremantle.

Opposite the Fremantle Visitors Centre, and backing onto the Town Hall Square, is the Fremantle Library with loads of information, on huge notice boards, about what is going on in town. Mills Records on Victoria Street is open late and is a great place to chill out, listening to music. The Luna on Essex Cinema, is the place to catch the latest in independent, foreign 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 vegfremantle imageetable 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!

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. fremantle picture

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.

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