Fremantle Off The Beaten Path

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    Samson House

    by arianne_1504 Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Built in the 1880’s, the Samson Family home still stands on the corner of Ellen & Ord Streets, Fremantle and is open to the public.

    Fremantle, the free Fremantle CAT bus stops right outside. The stop number is 5.

    Entry is by donation of $3.00, Children under 15 are free.

    The opening times are: 1.15pm to 5pm Sundays only (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day).

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    The John Graham Reserve, Woodman Point

    by Purpleshade Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The John Grahm reserve is part of Woodman Point Regional park, about 10 mins drive south along Cockburn (pronounced co-burn) Road from Fremantle.
    There are several entrances along Cockburn Road, to the Park, Woodman Point itself and carvan parks.
    For the reserve turn off Cockburn Road at Nyerbup Road .
    \WARNING.-SLOW DOWN FOR THE SILENT POLICE MAN (SPEED BUMPS), THEY'RE VERY SHARP. If you have a car with low suspension, drive VERY slowly.

    Drive for a minute or two along the little winding road and you will come to a beautiful picnic area (it's a good road and proper tar-sealed car park).
    There is a large grassed area that's watered so it's green all summer, big trees, shade pergolas, picnic tables, free electric BBQ's and decent toilets.
    On the far side of the reseve is the beach and Woodman Point Jetty. Older chilren often jump from the jetty into the water, there's a ladder to get back up.
    It's a very popular place for family outings/picnics, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, kite surfing etc.
    There's also an historic campsite (from World War 2) and nature trials if you want to walk.

    There's no shop here, but on other side of Cockburn road, if you go up Fairbairn Road, there's the Lighthouse deli that sells everthing you're likely to want while you're there, including good coffee and bait. We had a fishermans basket (fish, crab stck, scallop, calmari and chips) for $7.50, large and delicious.

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    Sunday music

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Looking for something different to do on a summer Sunday afternoon? Why not take yourself down to the Fremantle Arts Centre for one of their free Courtyard Concerts? From November through to early April, the shady courtyard makes a great venue for a varied programme of concerts where everyone is welcome and everyone has a good time.

    Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine or buy lunch or a coffee from the cafe, spread a rug or sit on one of the benches or chairs provided and just relax under the spreading plane trees.

    Come early and browse through the excellent craft shop, take wander through the museum, check out the galleries for an art exhibition - you could spend most of your day here within these old limestone walls.

    Fremantle Arts Centre: 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle
    Concerts: 2-4pm Sundays, check the website for the concert and exhibition programme, map and other information about the Centre

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    Time honoured tradition

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Aug 16, 2009

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    Time ball

    Every day, at 1pm exactly, a small ceremony is enacted in the precinct of the Round House -Western Australia's oldest building. Firing the 1 o'clock gun and dropping the time ball is a ritual that followed the invention of the chronometer - the instrument that meant ships at sea could navigate their way across lines of longitude with an accuracy - and resultant safety - never before experienced in maritime history.

    Invented in 1829 - the same year the Swan River Colony and the port of Fremantle were founded - the time ball's function is to give ships in harbour a signal by which to set their chronometers with complete accuracy. Once a feature of ports everywhere, first the radio telegraph and then electronic technology have seen time balls removed and nowadays there are only about 60 left all around the world.

    Fremantle's Time Ball, and its accompanying shot fired from a small cannon, is manned by volunteers from the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides Association. Anyone is welcome to attend, there's no charge other than the regular gold coin donation (ie $1 or $2) entry into the Round House, and you may even get the chance to trigger the shot.

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    fremantle street arts festival

    by ukirsari Written Apr 22, 2008

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    there's annual festival which held in freo every easter [march 22th - 24th] and for 2008 it's became their 10 years of appearance in the public.

    free of charge and non-smoking mandatory and located in front of fremantle market.

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    to the beach anyone?

    by ukirsari Updated Apr 22, 2008

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    unarguably, beach destination in freo is cottlesloe. but this is not the only place where you can swim and enjoy the weekend. you can jump to the blue water in several places nearby freo, such as:

    - bather's beach
    - john graham reserve's beach [at woodman point]
    - leighton beach

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    Time for a swim

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Nov 14, 2007

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    How many city's around the world have a swimming beach just at the end of the main street? Bather's Beach in Fremantle is just that, a little sandy cove that has important historical meaning for both the traditional owners of this land, the Nyoongar people, and the white settlers who arrived from Britain in 1829 and made their first landing on Western Australian soil right here.

    Known as Manjaree by the Nyoongar, and featuring in their dreamtime stories that tell of how the islands and coastal features here were formed by the sea rising and falling as an age of ice came and went, this was where Capt. Thomas Fremantle raised the flag and claimed the whole of Australia's west coast for the British crown. After this the beach was used for bay whaling (the tunnel through the cliff behind the beach was used for access to the town by the whalers - though never for dragging whales through as some people believe) and as a dumping ground for ballast and ultimately left neglected and deserted until a determined group of local artists began a campaign that saw the beach cleaned up, a limestone staircase built to link the cliff to the beach, indigenous vegetation replanted, the original shoreline marked out and part of the original wooden jetty rebuilt to include ceramic inserts and the story of the area illustrated with inlaid tiles (Joan Campbell, a master potter who had her studio in an old limestone building on the beach, was the driving force behind all this).

    The beach runs from the South Mole around to the Fisherman's Harbour. Whilst it's popular with local people for swimming, visitors need to be aware that there are no lifesaver patrols here and the nearest changing rooms and showers are across the railway line in the Esplanade park, so you might prefer to just visit the beach here and go elsewhere for a swim.

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    3.7" Heavy Anti Aircraft Gun

    by keeweechic Written Feb 9, 2007
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    During the operation of the battery there were some 120 to 135 personnel employed within the complex. Men and women alike. After the war, the battery was used for normal army training. Most of the guns etc were sold for scrap but the facilities were still used by the Army until 1979.

    Location : Leighton Gun Battery Park, Mosman Park

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    Breech Loading 6" Mk XI Gun Barrel

    by keeweechic Written Feb 9, 2007

    In 1942 6” guns were relocated from Arthur Head. They were intended just to be used on a short term basis and so put on temporary mounts. It was hoped that these would be replaced by more modern equipment from the UK.

    Location : Leighton Gun Battery Park, Mosman Park

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    Gun Mount

    by keeweechic Written Feb 9, 2007

    A 5.25” Coastal gun/Air Weapon once sat on this mounting. Leighton Battery was the only one to use one of these guns and it was installed when there was a real threat from an air attack.

    Location : Leighton Gun Battery Park, Mosman Park

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    Southern Tunnel Entrance

    by keeweechic Written Feb 9, 2007
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    There are 2 tunnel entrances which are only open during the tour days. The public are free to wander around the grounds at any other time but most of the significant structures are in the tunnels. These tunnels were placed as much as 10 metres underground and ran for 300 metres throughout the western side of Buckland Hill. They were devised by the Battery Commander who was also a mining engineer. Located in these tunnels are rooms including a kitchen as well as a partially underground command post, artillery storage and radar hut.

    Location : Leighton Gun Battery Park, Mosman Park

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    World War Tunnels

    by keeweechic Written Feb 9, 2007
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    At the time, Leighton Battery constructed an amazing complex of tunnels throughout the hill which were said to have been for the time, a real technical achievement. There are guided tours which are held on the first Sunday of every month conducted by the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Society from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

    Location : Leighton Gun Battery Park, Mosman Park

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    Leighton Gun Battery Park

    by keeweechic Written Feb 9, 2007
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    Leighton Battery spreads itself over vacant public land on Buckland Hill. The park is what is left of a large military complex which played an important role during World War II in WA’s military defences. It was developed in 1943 after Broom and Darwin were bombed.

    Location : Mosman Park

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    Buckland Hill

    by keeweechic Written Feb 9, 2007
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    Buckland Hill is in Mosman Park just north of Fremantle. Originally the area was known as Buckland Hill before it changed its name to Mosman Park in 1937. It is one of the highest points in the metropolitan area of Perth and was named after James Buckland (Dean of Westminister). The hill was an important limestone source. During the war, it was also made a 1st class observation spot for gun batteries. On the top of the hill is a limestone obelisk. This is its second location on the hill as it was moved when the reservoir was restored and given a roof.

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    Rous Head

    by keeweechic Written Feb 7, 2007

    Rous Head is at the southern end of Port Beach. The Underwater Centre is located there and they provide training facilities for divers. History has it that in 1892 there was a
    ‘Ceremonial tipping of the first stone into the sea at Rous Head’ which lead to the beginning of Fremantle harbour.

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