Perth’s port of FREMANTLE – “Freo” – Worth Noting!
Along the western coast of Australia you will discover a vibrant and lively port city, brimming with culture, great food, and friendly faces. The city of Fremantle is charming and inviting, and offers something for everyone! Fremantle is often shortened to “Freo” and is known for its variety of wines, fabulous artisanal food, gourmet coffee, handcrafted beers, quirky boutique shops and thriving arts scene. There’s so much to see and do in Fremantle!
Getting into Fremantle – what you’ll need to know before you go!
Fremantle is easily accessed via the Perth Airport which serves both cities and offers 18 international, 12 domestic and regional and eight airlines operating at Perth Airport, connecting travellers to Perth from over 110 holiday destinations around Australia and overseas. Fremantle is a very close destination from Perth, and once you arrive by plane you have several options to complete your journey. Besides hiring a car, there is a cruise operated by Captain Cook Cruises running from Perth to Fremantle which operates three times per day, and you also have the option of bus or train.
Captain Cook Cruises
Pier 3 Barrack Street Jetty Perth WA 6000
Tel: +61 8 9325 3341 (Perth)
Tel: +61 8 9336 3311 (Fremantle)
Take a cruise on the Swan River, from Perth to the port city of Fremantle on one of Captain Cook Cruise’s famous scenic tours. You can even make a day trip of the journey, exploring Fremantle with Captain Cook Cruises’ Fremantle Explorer option – when traveling to Fremantle, getting there is half the fun!
Getting around beautiful Fremantle is easy!
Getting around the majority of the city of central couldn’t be any better than riding for FREE! Hop on board the Central Area Transit (CAT) Bus which you can catch every ten minutes during daylight hours. The Fremantle CAT bus is a distinctive orange colour with a large black cat on the side – watch for the CAT symbol at bus stops and CAT paw-prints on footpaths. The free CAT Bus is both wheelchair and stroller accessible, with an automatic lowering suspension feature and ramp access.
If you’re staying outside of the CAT bus route, you’ll be glad to know that can use your own two feet to get around most of Fremantle. The city is pretty flat and ideal for walking. Alternatively, you can rent a scooter from Scootabout on Freemantle’s Cliff Street, or hire a local care at Bayswater Car Rentals, a company that offers decent cars for a good price.
Bayswater Car Rentals
13 Queen Victoria Street
Tel: +61 8 9430-5300.
Checking in – Where will you be staying when you visit Fremantle?
There’s no shortage of incredible places to stay when visiting Fremantle. Would you prefer a luxury hotel room, or something a little more rustic? There’s something for everyone in Fremantle!
The Chester Cottage
Australia, 7 Chester St, South Fremantle WA 6162, Australia
Tel: +61 406 663 770
South Fremantle is famous for having incredible coffee, amazing culture and a laid back lifestyle and this centrally located artist’s home is a classic Fremantle cottage, featuring a more modern extension, a piano, a contemporary art collection and polished wooden floors. Relax outside in the Chester Cottage gardens. Situated in the heart of South Fremantle, The Chester Cottage is within easy walking distance to South Beach, many cafés, boutique bakeries, clothing shops, art galleries, pubs and bars. Conveniently located two minutes from the free CAT bus service, the original Fremantle cottage’s rustic whimsy blends naturally with the architect designed two storey industrial-style modern, light-filled extension. The sixty square metre airy lounge room has floor to ceiling glass, and flows through to another verdant and serene garden zone featuring outdoor artwork. The Chester Cottage features four bedrooms with plenty of room, as well as two bathrooms, each with separate WCs, showers and baths. Enjoy the cottage’s country style kitchen in all its spaciousness, with many modern conveniences including a large stove, oven and microwave. The whole cottage has polished jarrah timbers without any carpet, making this accommodation fresh, clean and and allergy friendly.
The Colonial House Fremantle
Address: Australia, 4 Holland St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
Tel: +61 406 663 770
The Colonial House in Fremantle is your classic Fremantle limestone and brick house, built in the early 1900s. The Colonial House boasts plenty of character having been laid out with 3 bedrooms and a living room with additional sleeping capabilities and a studio in the garden behind the home with a queen sized bed. The Colonial House in Fremantle has a refurbished bathroom in the house, and a modern fully equipped kitchen so you can save your holiday spending money by cooking your own meals and entertaining at the house. The Colonial House kitchen has a large oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, and other amenities. The dining room and TV room at in the back of the house, and an outdoor entertaining area is in the back courtyard, featuring a gas BBQ.
Pier 21 Apartment Hotel
7-9 John Street, Fremantle, Western Australia 6159, Australia
Tel: 011 61 8 9785 0205
Attractively located along the banks of Fremantle’s pretty Swan River, this award winning apartment hotel located in North Fremantle features breathtaking views of both the region’s marina and river. With forty seven luxury apartments and suites, your satisfaction and holiday enjoyment is carefully considered in every detail of Pier 21 Apartment Hotel’s accommodations.
Each one of the rooms has been completely refurbished in recent years, and Pier 21 brings an unparalleled combination of modern technology and luxury – whether you’re streaming great movies to your 40 inch LCD television or enjoying the hotel’s various amenities, you’ll love staying in Fremantle.
Hungry? Time to grab something to eat in Fremantle!
Fremantle is home to more than one hundred restaurants, cafés and other eateries featuring the best food the region has to offer. With the opportunity to sample global cuisine in a variety of interesting settings, dining out in Fremantle is enjoyable and exciting! All areas of this vibrant city share their unique take on fabulous cuisine. A great variety of takeaway foods are also an option, many of which deliver right to your hotel room door if you’d like! Taste for yourself a full range of global cuisine, such as Indian, Italian, Thai, French, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Greek, Turkish, Tapas, Vietnamese, Mediterranean, Malaysian, Seafood, Australian, Pub Fare and more…
The sheer number of coffeehouses, gelato bars, juice bars, and quaint tea rooms and make Fremantle the perfect social destination for anyone seeking a great meeting place. Relax in one of the city’s many restaurants and cafés and chat with friends over a coffee. Treat yourself to a fine dining experience in one of Fremantle’s exquisite restaurants, or grab something delicious from the market stalls.
The Mexican Kitchen
Address: 19 South Terrace, Fremantle. WA 6160
Tel: (08) 9335 1394
The Mexican Kitchen, or “The Mex” as it is locally known, is a terrific family friendly restaurant, offering up all sorts of mexican favourites including their ever popular margaritas, cheesy half-price tuesday nachos, and extra especial fajitas! The Mex offers alfresco dining in the streets of Fremantle, as well as a large downstairs area for bookings. This restaurant’s renowned cocktail bar houses an impressive assortment of roughly one hundred different varieties of authentic tequila, mostly unavailable in other parts of Fremantle. The Mexican Kitchen invites you into its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where you can get together and share a tapas plate and a margarita with friends. A handy family friendly menu includes nibbles for the little ones, too. Open daily for dinner, from 5:30 pm and lunch from 12 noon on weekends. “As we say in Mexico “Mi Casa es Su Casa” – “My House is your House”.
The Fremantle Markets
Address: Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street Fremantle, Western Australia
Tel: (08) 9335 2515
When you visit the Fremantle Markets, there’s no telling what you’ll end up deciding on! Such a great variety of delicious eateries, at a terrific value all under the one roof! It’s a Fremantle excursion that is sure to suit the needs of anyone in the whole family:
- Dosukoi Japanese Noodle & Bubble Tea
- The Raw Kitchen
- Bratwurst bar
- Bodrum Kebabs
- Cobz WA
- Fremantle Fish & Chips
- Fremantle Markets Bar
- Fremantle Markets Cafe
- Freo Gozleme
- Michele’s Crepes Suzette
- Saffron Bar
- Srindia Spicy Food
- Thai Vegetarian
The Harbour Master
Marine Terrace, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
+61 8 9432 4881
The Harbour Master dining room displays old photographs of Fremantle Harbour, showcasing the city’s history and the history of the venue itself. On the menu you’ll find a tempting variety of modern Australian dishes, grilled steaks, fresh seafood, delicious pastas, pizzas, hearty sides and classic desserts. Pair your meal with one of the local or international wines from the Harbour Master’s walk-in wine room.
There is so much to see and do in Fremantle!
You’ll never run out of interesting things to see and do in this lovely port city, because Fremantle prides itself on its thriving arts scene, its history, and its abundance of natural beauty.
1 The Terrace Fremantle , WA 6160
The largest and most intact convict built prison in the country, and Western Australia’s only World Heritage Listed Building, the famous Fremantle Prison was continuously used as for incarceration for over one hundred thirty years. The prison itself was decommissioned as a maximum-security prison in 1991.
Admission to the Fremantle Prison gatehouse is free of charge, and includes the Convict Café, gift shop, prison gallery and an interactive visitor centre. Of course, the main event when coming to this attraction are the entertaining tours conducted by educated tour facilitators who bring the fascinating folklore and the history of this old prison to life.
If you’re brave enough, you can choose to explore the prison by night on an eerie guided tour by torchlight every Wednesday and Friday night. The famous prison night tours feature a couple of surprises along the way! If you’re seeking more of an in-depth heritage experience, join a tour group and embark on an exploration of the winding labyrinth of tunnels sitting 20 metres beneath the surface of the Fremantle Prison grounds!
Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
Tel: +61 8 9432 9555
Fremantle Arts Centre is an organisation supporting many different arts and offering a variety of exhibitions, residencies, art courses and music in their astoundingly historic centre facility located in the heart of Fremantle. The building itself was constructed by convicts between 1861 and 1868 as a psychiatric hospital, initially named the Fremantle Lunatic Asylum, and later redubbed the Asylum for the Criminally Insane. The repurposed building is a fascinating piece of Fremantle history, and the works of art inside are just as engaging as the interesting story behind the old colonial gothic style structure.
SE of corner High and Carrington Sts, Palmyra.
Fans of rock music will know of Bon Scott, the original lead singer of AC/DC who passed away in 1980. His ashes are in Memorial Gardens of the city’s Fremantle Cemetery, a place where many have come to bring flowers and pay their respects in a multitude of creative ways – be mindful and respectful of the cemetery if you pay a visit. A Historical Walking Trail constructed in the cemetery takes visitors along an interesting path around the grounds, and past some of the city’s most historical graves.
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