Fremantle Travel Guide

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Fremantle Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great Seafood Restaurants, Great Markets, Great Atmosphere 

  • Con
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     Lack of public car parks 

  • In a nutshell
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     A spot you MUST NOT miss while visiting Perth 

Fremantle Things to Do

  • Fremantle History Museum

    Fremantle was the first settlement of the Swan River colonists in 1829. It was declared a city in 1929, and has a population of approximately 26,000. It still serves as the chief general seaport for Western Australia. Its History Museum showcases the social history and heritage of Fremantle and Western Australia. Located in the Colony's first...

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  • Fremantle Prison - modern era

    The prison was handed over around 1868 for 'everyday' crimes from stealing through to murder. And it remained so for the next century - a prison built in the 1850s in use until 1991.Prisoners were tough, wardens were tough and it became the most notorious of all prisons. Over time modernisation took place - the combining of two cells to make one...

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  • Fremantle Prison - convict era

    A World Heritage listed building, WA's one and only, Fremantle Prison was built by convict labour between 1852 and 1859 from limestone quarried on site. By 1855, enough of the prison was completed for convicts to be moved into the premises, moving from temporary accommodation near the present day Esplanade Hotel (The Round House being far too...

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  • Fisherman's Memorial (The Jetty)

    Down in the fishing docks, the Fisherman's Memorial is a celebration of the men and women who have contributed to the development of the fishing industry in Fremantle, one of the single most important industries that contributed to the growth of the town.It was unveiled in 2005 and features 608 names (and one nice aspect of the memorial is that it...

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  • The Terrace, Fremantle

    The most feared address in Fremantle and one of the most feared in the whole of Australia - The Terrace being the entrance to Fremantle Prison.Yet The Terrace itself is lined with delightful Victorian and Edwardian houses backing on to the prison walls. Built mostly in the late 1800s, the buildings were used for the prison staff - including the...

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  • The Beach

    It was blowing a gale, rain was constantly threatening and I'd already chased my sunnies across the park as they were blown off my head. So I cannot say much about the beach other than there's a nice little strip of sand between the mouth of the river and the old fishing port. Photos I've seen usually make the seas aquamarine, the sands almost...

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Fremantle Restaurants

  • More cafe than restaurant

    Fremantle is famed for the Cappuccino strip of South Terrace and Market Street. But on a cold day with few people around, it looked less than impressive - somewhat tired and past the sell-by date.But just round the corner is the delightful Fidel's Cafe. A low-ceilinged 19th century cottage, walk into what was once two rooms and a corridor with its...

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  • Great View, Good Food and Large Portions

    Our first day in Perth we hopped on a train to Fremantle to explore and have some lunch. My wife and done some research prior to our trip and wanted to have lunch at Joe’s Fish Shack.Joe’s is located right on the water of the Fishing Boat Harbour with good views. When we entered the restaurant it wasn’t too crowded; just a couple of tables of...

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  • My favourite place to eat in Freo!

    Eating out in Oz can be relatively expensive, so if you're on a budget - or trying to accommodate a broad range of tastes - one of the cheapest and most practical ways to eat is at one of the many food courts.Food courts are dead easy to use. Having perused the options on offer and made your selection, simply place your order and pay for your food....

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Fremantle Nightlife

  • Casual Pub Atmosphere

    We stumbled upon the Sail & Anchor Pub on our way back to the Freemantle Train Station. The Pub has an open air feel to it with large glass floor to ceiling doors that they keep ajar. Inside there are plenty of bar tables and stools to grab a seat as well as an upstairs.The Sail & Anchor carries a large variety beer and cider. Liz and I definitely...

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  • You Left Me Where?

    Situated on the river, the Left Bank (“the Lefty” as the locals call it) is a “Sunday Session” favourite. A Sunday Session is basically a Sunday afternoon drinking session, and it’s what we west aussies do best. One of the more upmarket pubs in Fremantle, it is a good place to get a feed and a drink, but it’s one of those places coveted by the...

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  • Creatures of the Night

    Situated on the water, in the previous home of the Crocodile Farm, Little Creatures has quite a cult following. Home to the funky, it has a great menu which includes a variety of off-beat pizzas and has a real industrial feel with good music. It can be hard to get a seat, but it’s a good place to go if you’re willing to get there early and stay on....

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Fremantle Transportation

  • Catch the CAT!

    In recent years, Fremantle has introduced two free Central Area Transit (CAT) bus services which are a brilliant way to get around the central area without having to worry about finding parking.The Fremantle CAT services are as follows:Red CAT covers the area north of Fremantle StationBlue CAT covers the area south of Fremantle Station Both...

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  • Freo's stunning railway station

    People who have read my other travel pages will know that trains make me happy! Even more so when the train can be combined with lovely architecture, such as Freo's gorgeous Victorian era railway station.The train is by far the quickest and easiest way to get between Perth and Freo - the journey takes just under half an hour and there are trains...

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  • Grab a Cat

    The easiest way to get around is with the Fremantle CAT service, a route designed to assist you to get to all the popular Fremantle destinations.The service runs seven days a week and complete a circuit around the City of Fremantle stopping at popular places of interest offering easy access to major attractions and venues. The service is fully...

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Fremantle Shopping

  • Souvenir Shopping

    Oz is a typical souvenir shop we found in Fremantle. They have the usual tee shirts, hats, post cards, toys, etc. that you'd find in any souvenir shop. After perusing the merchandise I found a tee shirt I wanted and Liz found a hat for her Dad. The tee shirt was $20 AUD and the hat was $12.

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  • Bric-a-Brac

    This is a very tiny little shop but has a large selection of beautiful and authentic antiques. I just couldn't tear myself away from it. If you love antiques don't miss out on a visit to this shop. The owner, Lyne Forbes, is a lovely person and will give you lots of attention, even though her shop may have lots of customers. Antiques and pictures,...

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  • Visit the Fremantle Markets.

    The Markets in Fremantle are open Friday 9am - 9pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm. Monday Public Holidays 10am - 5pm.It's a delightful place to wander around even if you don't intend to buy anything. There's loads and loads of hand made items of all types, eg. silver jewellry set with local gemstones, original design clothes, paintings,...

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Fremantle Local Customs

  • For Kids: Playground At The Esplanade...

    If you have a child on tow, you might like to look for places that they can run themselves silly. There is one park that is the closest to Cicerellos called The Esplanade.There is a playground and also, something what we call a "spider web" where kids can use ropes to climb all the way to the top. This was also the place that we laid down our mats...

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  • Contribute To The Busking Industry

    Some countries see buskers as beggars. But I ascribe to a saying I read on the internet, "Sometimes the best musicians are those whom you find on the street".I gave $2 to a busker who was performing along the Fremantle Market. Was he playing good music? Nope. Was his singing good? Can't understand him one bit. So why give him any money at all?Well,...

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  • Gone fishin'

    I love this sight - kids fishing down off the wharf in Fremantle Harbour, just as we did. This is is one of the great things about Fremantle - the town and its harbour really do belong to the people who live there. Fishing off the wharf is a good, safe option for kids - they can catch edible fish, great if you are self-catering and they can take...

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Fremantle Warnings and Dangers

  • Look where you're going!

    Don't get so interested in what's in the shops that you forgot to look where you're going. My daughter whacked herself in the head by walking into a pillar and needed an ice pack!

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  • Safe Needle and Syringe Disposal

    Probably a little sad to see but then better to have a proper receptacle being provided that having these things just discarded irresponsibly. These I saw in the public toilets next to the town hall. I guess it just reinforces the necessity to be mindful these days.

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  • Family Fun

    Fremantle has something to offer all age groups. On weekends, it is full of families and lots of tourists. However, you need to keep an eye on your bag in the crowds that flock to the markets or along the streets. Late at night,is not a time to be walking down dark streets that lead away from the lights and action. It is a port city. There are also...

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Fremantle What to Pack

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    by lmforrister Written Jan 5, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: a good sized bag to take with you down to the beach - big enough for your beach towel, swim wear and a couple of books!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring trousers and jumpers with you in case the weather isnt that good. We went in October and i wasnt expecting it to be that windy and cold and silly me only took one pair of trousers so i had to buy some! However, there were lots of clothing shops around in Freo so if you do need anything, there is a huge choice of where to go!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You will need suncream, even if the sun isnt shining all the time! I managed to get burnt!

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Fremantle Off The Beaten Path

  • Samson House

    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,...

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  • The John Graham Reserve, Woodman Point

    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...

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  • Sunday music

    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...

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Fremantle Sports & Outdoors

  • Go fishing!

    Fishing is a popular activity all along the coast either from the beaches or the many jetties.Small shops near all the popular spots sell bait.

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  • Scuba diving and snorkelling

    Haven't actually done this myself but would like to one day.We often see the training groups going out around Rockingham, Fremantle and Mandurah.These pics were at Woodman Point just south of Fremantle.The company is based in Perth and pick you up in their van to take you to the best spots for diving and/or snorkelling.A variety of trips (some...

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  • Kite Surfing

    Kite Surfing is relatively new sport which uses a very large stunt kite to provide the wind power to waterski or surf. The afternoon Fremantle Doctor provides good breezes along the Cockburn Sound.

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Fremantle Favorites

  • The Lonesome Musician

    Not exactly a tip - just to show that pretty easy-going cappuccino Freo with its "no worries" culture also has its backsides.

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  • Aerial View Of Fremantle

    Landing in Perth from Kuala Lumpur, the winds were in favour of us passengers and we even had the seats on the side with the view... The plane did a semi-circle over Perth and Fremantle and granted us some nice photo options.The mouth of the Swan River forms a natural harbour, which has been extended by artificial port basins. The northern bank...

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  • a nice city called freo

    addressing fremantle with 'freo' as locals did is something reflecting the charm of the city. especially the old quarter from freo's train station to direction high street and kings square. it's beautiful. an architectural delights for my eyes and my camera. wander around old freo in one fine day with dearly vt member willy_wonka. she's proudly...

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