Things to Do in Fremantle Today
Things To Do In Fremantle This Weekend
Southwest of Perth lies the port city of Fremantle, full of harbour-side restaurants and charming markets, where fish and chips are as common as the warm, sunny days you wake up to. It takes just 20 minutes on the train from Perth. Making for an easy day out, but you might just find yourself staying for a long weekend with the abundance of things to do in Fremantle.
Fremantle Markets, located on the corner of South Terrace and Henderson Street, trades on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The Yard opens at 8 am and hosts the majority of food stalls including bakeries, fruit & veg, Caribbean cuisine, and sweet treats. Meanwhile, The Hall, opening doors at 9 am, sells more homewares, books and beauty products. You can also find a hairdresser’s, masseuse, and tarot card readings. If the buzz of the markets appeals to you, settle in Jus Burgers in the corner of The Hall and devour one of Australia’s most famous burgers. It also boasts great people watching and a fantastic backdrop of alternating buskers.
When you’d rather be out in the sunshine, there’s nothing better than a walk along the harbor. Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is a picturesque blend of cafes during the day and nightclubs after sundown; fisherman working to supply the local eateries like Kailis fish and chips with fresh produce and the boutique Little Creatures brewery serving frothy goodness to the public. You’re unlikely to find anywhere as relaxing as the harbor, but it’s also a departure point for one of the more adrenaline-pumping activities in the city.
Jet Boat And Whale Watching
Westcoast Jet speeds off from the harbor into the distant Indian Ocean on board Okiedokie, for a thrilling ride you won’t forget in a hurry. Two trips on offer; the Ocean Encounter provides 20 minutes of jet boating complete with a dousing of water, while Whale Watching enables passengers to get up close to the majestic giants of the blue planet. Okiedokie is the only vessel in Fremantle offering this wild water ride, and every paying adult can get on board at a great discount just for mentioning BBM when making a booking through phone (0403 606 033) or email ([email protected]).
When you’re soaked to the skin and have memories to last a lifetime, get your feet firmly back on solid ground with tea at Cicerellos. Since its beginnings in 1903, this iconic fish and chip shop has become famous throughout WA, serving delicious fresh-from-the-ocean seafood including oysters, prawns, crab, mussels, flounder, and barramundi. Marvel at the aquarium that spans the entire length of the kitchen, holding more than 20,000 liters of water to create a mini-ecosystem of local marine life.
If Fremantle grabs you and you can’t bear to depart, there’s plenty of accommodation so you don’t have to rush off. From friendly easy-on-the-budget hostels to luxurious hotels easy on the eye, there’s something for everyone because everyone is welcome.
Enjoy yourself in Fremantle whichever way you please; take an easy day trip from the CBD or invest in a relaxing weekend away; spend your time sampling local food, drink and music, or explore art galleries and museums, before a historic tram ride around the port; relax with a coffee or scream with excitement on board a jet boat.