Just 30 minutes from Perth's city centre, the bustling, dynamic port city of Fremantle has long been renowned for its eclectic mix of arty and alternative types. Its 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.
You need only spend a day in Fremantle to find yourself falling in love with this colourful port city - it is impossible to avoid getting caught up in its charm. There is an an excellent selection of accommodation options ranging from friendly backpackers to luxurious hotels, if you choose to stay a few nights.
Getting around Fremantle
Fremantle is one of the easiest cities in the world to explore by foot, bicycle or scooter. All leading attractions are located within close proximity and the free Fremantle CAT bus completes regular cicuits around the city of Fremantle 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 heritage walking trails below. Maps are available from the visitor centre.
Dining & entertainment
Fremantle's 'Cappuccino Strip', Wrey Avenue and South Terrace are jam-packed with lively restaurants and cafes, the streets are abuzz with shoppers and historical pubs and small funky bars that brim with patrons from across the globe. You can also try a visit to one of the stylish micro-breweries offering an incredible range of tasty amber ales and are an emerging scene all of their own.
The city'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 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 and 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 is bringing 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 precinct.
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.
Beyond the city centre
Outside the 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. Across the water, North Fremantle is a good place to hunt for antiques.
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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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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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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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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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