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Fremantle Visitor Centre

T: +61 8 94317878
Town Hall, Kings Square, Fremantle

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T: 61 8 9483 1111
Toll Free in Australia 1300 361 35
55 William Street, Perth

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Fremantle

Fremantle

Just 30 minutes from Perth, the bustling, dynamic port city of Fremantle has long been renowned for its eclectic mix of arty and alternative types.

Fremantle's streets buzz with the song of buskers, the side walks fill with a wild collection of art and music floats out from trendy cafés and bars. Spend a night or two with an excellent selection of accommodation options ranging from friendly backpackers to luxurious hotels.

FREMANTLE - A LONELY PLANET TOP 10 CITY

Fremantle has recently been named in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2016. The latest Lonely Planet guide has ranked Fremantle as the 7th-best city in the world, behind the top-ranked Kotor in Montenegro but ahead of the 10th-placed Rome. WA was also listed among the best-value destinations for 2016. Check out Fremantle's listing on Lonely Planet to find out why!

THINGS TO DO IN FREMANTLE

  • ENJOY a coffee along the 'Cappuccino Strip' or trendy Wray Ave, South Tce and High St.
  • POTTER through the Fremantle Markets.
  • ENJOY street food at one of the outdoor food markets or food trucks.
  • ENJOY fish & chips at the Fishing Boat Harbour and stroll along the boardwalk to Bathers Beach.
  • HOP on board an historic tram ride.
  • GO underground on the fascinating Fremantle Prison Tunnel tour.
  • VISIT the WA Maritime Museum and Fremantle Arts Centre.
  • FEAST on the local flavours and indie vibe at the many restaurants and cafés.
  • SAMPLE boutique beer at one of the great micro breweries.
  • FIND fashion, unique & eclectic shopping shopping, original artworks and quirky gifts.
  • FOLLOW a self-guided walking trail - maps available from the visitor centre.
  • ENJOY a swim at beautiful Bathers Beach, just a stone's throw from Fremantle citty centre.
  • TAKE a stroll (or jump on CAT bus) to South Fremantle and discover street art and murals.
  • EXPLORE shops, galleries and cafes in the historic West End.

GETTING AROUND FREMANTLE

Fremantle is one of the easiest cities in the world to explore by foot or bike. All leading attractions are located within walking distance of the Fremantle Train Station and the free Fremantle CAT bus completes regular circuits around the city stopping at popular places of interest and offering easy access to major attractions and venues.

A great way for visitors to get around is to take the Fremantle Tram Tour which completes regular circuits of the city with educational commentary, hire a bike from the Fremantle Visitor Centre, join a walking tour or follow one of the self-guided walking trails below. Maps are available from the visitor centre.

DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

Fremantle's streets are abuzz with buzzing pubs, small bars, restaurants and cafes that full to the brim with patrons from across the globe. Stroll down the 'Cappuccino Strip', Wray Avenue and South Terrace for lively cafes and try a visit to one of the stylish micro-breweries offering an incredible range of tasty amber ales.

Fremantle's multicultural mix is most evident in its food and restaurants. A strong Italian influence has produced a vast array of pizza and pasta restaurants while Asian, Indian and a whole host of other cuisine can also be found nestled among Fremantle's winding streets.

You'll also find some of the state's most popular seafood restaurants dotted around Fremantle's colourful Fishing Boat Harbour - the perfect place to sample the Indian Ocean's bounty. Fremantle has a wonderful nightlife with several clubs, pubs and bars that play live music until the early hours. If you have the energy, by the time you leave the clubs, the cafés will be open for a morning coffee.

ARTS & SHOPPING

Art lovers are catered for in Fremantle with art ranging from highbrow gallery displays to Indigenous designs, to street art on the side walk. Fremantle is also home to Notre Dame University Australia, whose investment in, and restoration of, many fine old buildings has brought new life to the West End, as students from all over the world fill its streets.

Fremantle also has seven days a week shopping, allowing visitors to relax over a cup of coffee before going in search of innovative fashion or that special gift from Fremantle's quirky shopping precincts.

Shoppers love Fremantle for its funky Australian fashions and independent designs. Young and upcoming designers are choosing Fremantle to launch their stunning new designs and there are around 50 boutiques crammed into Market and High Streets.

Don't miss the vibrant weekend markets for the freshest of fruit and veg, as well as an eclectic mix of buskers, stalls and goods. Even if you don't buy anything, an afternoon pottering through the following markets is enough to forget your everyday worries.

Fremantle markets

  • Fremantle Markets
  • E-Shed Markets
  • South Beach Sunset Market
  • Growers' Green Farmers' Market
  • Mad Hatter Markets
  • Kailis Fish Markets

BEYOND THE CITY CENTRE

Outside Fremantle's city centre you'll find gorgeous beaches and walking and bicycle trails meandering along the sparkling waters of the coast and the river's edge. South Fremantle with its calm beaches and restaurants has emerged as a vital part of the Fremantle experience and in East Fremantle you'll find river walks, parks and restaurants.

Leighton and Port Beaches are famous for their long stretches of white sand and beachside cafés while North Fremantle is a haven for cafés, restaurants and live music bars.

WHAT'S ON IN FREMANTLE

Check out what's on in Fremantle this week.
  • Leeuwin Youth Explorer Voyage

    Fremantle | Dates: 20 Sep, 2015 – 18 Jun, 2016
    The Leeuwin's Youth Explorer Voyage program, from September 2015 - June 2016, allows young people aged 14+ to experience a unique and challenging ocean adventure aboard a traditional tall ship. The program aims to inspire young people while developing skills in communication, leadership and teamwork, and creating a strong sense of community.
  • Fremantle Arts Centre Winter Art Courses

    Fremantle | Dates: 02 May – 01 Jul, 2016
    Settle in at Fremantle Arts Centre this winter with one of their extensive art courses. Perfect for those looking to expand their skills or desiring a creative outlet, courses are suitable for complete beginners through to experienced practitioners. Courses cover painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, textiles, creative writing, jewellery and more.
  • WA Youth Jazz Orchestra presents Andrew Murray in Fremantle

    Fremantle | Dates: 08 – 08 May, 2016
    Andrew Murray has established himself as Melbourne's big band boss, leading his own ATM15 as well the Blue Basement's regular house big band. Andrew will return to Perth to lead all three WAYJO bands after a week of rehearsing his award-winning compositions and favourite historical big band repertoire.
  • Larder Series with Executive Chef Scott Bridger

    East Fremantle | Dates: 25 – 25 May, 2016
    Discover and learn the secrets behind our favourite Larder items with Scott Bridger, Executive Chef of May Street Larder and Bib & Tucker. Take part in an exclusive small group workshop series and learn tricks of the trade to create your own delicious home larder.


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Historic Fremantle

Historic Fremantle

Fremantle is the ideal place to learn about Western Australia's pioneering and maritime history. Experience extraordinary stories of convict prisoners, maritime heroes and pioneering settlers.
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Eat Drink Fremantle

Eat Drink Fremantle

Fremantle is the home of alfresco dining in Western Australia and is well known for its laid back atmosphere at the many restaurants, cafés, markets, roving street trucks and hotels.
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Fremantle accommodation

Fremantle accommodation

Spend a little longer in Fremantle and make a weekend of your visit to this port city. Fremantle boasts an excellent selection of accommodation options from friendly backpackers to luxurious hotels.
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Fremantle attractions

Fremantle attractions

There are some fantastic, interesting and historic attractions in Fremantle for you to visit including art galleries, museums, great food and wine establishments and markets.
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Fremantle tours

Fremantle tours

Check out some of the great tour operators that explore Fremantle and surrounding areas by land, sea and foot. Learn about the fascinating history of Fremantle on one of these great tours.
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