Fremantle, or Freo as it's known by locals, is a vibrant port city you can't miss. Situated at the mouth of the Swan River, the multi-cultural city has a charm of its own, setting it apart from the rest of Perth. Fremantle has world-famous heritage buildings and a fascinating maritime and convict history.
Originally established in 1829 as a port for the fledgling Swan River Colony and was the major city in Western Australia for much of its early history. It was the first port of call in Australia for many migrants and visitors and today Fremantle sustains a rich mixture of cultures and nationalities.
Fremantle is a major tourist attraction for travellers from all parts of the world and attracts large numbers of residents and visitors on a daily basis. The city offers a unique blend of a lively multicultural yet relaxed lifestyle and is a 7 day city.
Within easy walking and cycling distance, visitors can experience contemporary circus, fine crafts, original music and theatre, exciting galleries, museums, bookshops and buskers. Along with maritime history and extensive architectural conservation, the Arts have become a central part of Fremantle life where visitors can discover the past and present.
And it boasts the best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world. Essential stops on the history trail include WA's earliest convict jail, the Roundhouse, Fremantle Prison and WA Maritime Museum.
Freo has retained its authenticity, anything-goes attitude and creativity. It's also a shopaholic's heaven. Browse through crafts, clothes, jewellery, food and curios in the bustling Fremantle Markets. Or stop for a pint at a heritage pub to watch the buskers.
Don't miss trendy High Street for fashion from local designers, art galleries and Aboriginal crafts and homewares. Amble along the back streets past dockworkers' cottages, warehouses converted into trendy apartments and off the beaten track local haunts.
Most of all, Freo is all about soaking up the laid-back ambiance.
- Chill out in street cafes on South Terrace with the locals.
- Sample cuisine from all corners of the globe.
- Enjoy fish and chips fresh off the boat at Fishing Boat Harbour or a pale ale at the award winning Little Creatures microbrewery.
- Watch the town transform at night when the street cafes, bars and nightclubs crank up.
- Accommodation-wise, there are plenty of backpacker's hostels, Bed & Breakfasts, self-catering cottages and hotels to choose from.
For more information on Fremantle contact the Fremantle Visitor Centre on +61 8 9431 7878 or visit their website.