The wonderful city of Fremantle lies on a det of limestone hills on the river swan. Situated around 25-30 minutes from Perth city centre, Fremantle is one of Perth’s most sacred and quirky places to visit in Perth and it’s by far the most popular!
As one of the major ports of WA, Fremantle is the entrance for many ships, cruise liners and shipping containers and small ferries. Fremantle also is a connection to the famous Rottnest Island where you can catch daily ferries to and from the Island.
Fremantle offers a plethora of dining experiences from Asian to Italian and seafood. You’ll also find the famous ‘Cappuccino Strip’ which holds the most vibrant and funky cafes and restaurants Fremantle has to offer. There is also the fishing harbour where you can find bars, the famous Little Creatures brewery and lots more restaurants, or if you’re just stopping by, a fabulous serving of fish and chips! Fremantle also lights up at night and caters for all tastes – it’s known for its hipster vibe so you’ll find lots of live music and a few nightclubs for you to dance the night away.
Fremantle is also home to Fremantle Round House which is the oldest public building in Western Australia. When the Swan River Colony first settled the Round House was ‘purpose built’ as a jail. Designed by Henry Willey Reveley was complete in 1831 and had 8 cells which all opened onto a courtyard. Used for Indigenous and colonial prisoners until 1886 when Fremantle Prison opened.
Fremantle Prison is another one of the ports most popular tourist attractions. Built by convicts in the 1850s and used as a jail for over 140 years. Fremantle prison can be a great day out for all – delve into its haunting past and if you dare, try the torchlight tour on an evening.
Japingka Art Gallery is another of the must-sees in Fremantle. Holding Australia’s leading contemporary Aboriginal Art, it is displayed in the heritage 1880s warehouse in Fremantle. With over 4000 paintings you can browse the gallery or see most of the paintings on their website.
Swan River Cruise lets you soak up the magnificent scenery of two ports – Fremantle and Perth. During this 1-hour cruise you can stop off in either direction stopping off to walk the cobbled streets of Fremantle, sip on hand crafted beer or freshly roasted coffee or grab fish and chips from Cicerello’s in Fremantle’s famous fishing harbour. Alternatively, you can shop till you drop in Perth city in the mall’s centres and CBD or visit Perth’s wonderful restaurants, bars and cafes.
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