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.
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.
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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
- 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 the city 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.
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, 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.
Corner of Henderson Street & South Terrace, Fremantle | Friday 8am – 8pm, Saturday, Sunday & Monday Public Holidays 8am – 6pm.
Smell the unique aromas of fresh produce and exotic flavours see the fascinating fusion of music, art and culture, feel over 100 years of remarkable heritage, and sense the atmosphere that is distinctly Fremantle. Visit The Hall for general merchandise and dining, and The Yard for organic fresh produce, dining, espresso bar, cheeses and bakeries, seafood and meats. Find out more
E Shed Victoria Quay, Fremantle | Friday 9am - 5:30pm, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 9am - 5:30pm.
The cargo store E Shed has been a part of Victoria Quay for almost 100 years and it has an unusually high standard of detailing for a wharf house. Stalls include fresh produce, a beautician, the Australian Bush Shed, Prestige Sheepskin, Heart of Steel Metal-craft, numerology, tarot and psychic readings. A range of food includes Indian, Japanese, Italian, a carvery, ice cream, kebabs and fish and chips. Food court open to 8pm.
South Beach, South Fremantle | Saturday, 4pm to 9pm (summer months only)
Fremantle is famous for its waterfront food experiences and the South Beach Sunset Market (formally Bathers Beach Sunset Markets) is a unique summer experience not to be missed. There will be heaps of yummy food, heaps of parking, loads of great local entertainers and of course the beautiful sunset over the Indian Ocean.
South Fremantle Senior High School, Beaconsfield | Every Sunday, 8am - 12pm
Bring the family and spend a lazy morning in the shade under the trees, enjoying some live music, hot food, fair-trade coffee, fresh juices and fresh goodies galore. The Markets are run by the South Fremantle Senior High School Parents & Citizens Association. All profits go towards enrichment opportunities for students and sustainability programs at the school.
Kings Square, Fremantle | Wednesday to Sunday 9am - 5pm
Mad Hatter Markets hosts a vibrant market where you can find a wide array of art and crafts. Fresh local produce is available and you can soak up the atmosphere of the local community. Why not come along for a organic coffee and breakfast or lunch at one of the many food producing stalls or pick up your veggi supplies as fresh as they can be. Sit and relax in good company and enjoy the music performed live every week by different local artists.
Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour | every day from 8am
Kailis Fish Markets offers a wide collection of premium Western Australian seafood on sale. See live lobsters along with green lipped abalone and packaged food. Products at Kailis Fish Market include organic produce, livestock and the local produce. You may visit the Kailis Fish Market to shop for seafood as well as to dine.
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.
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.
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.
Dates: 18 Oct, 2015 – 29 Mar, 2016
Sunday Music returns to Fremantle Arts Centre in the Front Garden Courtyard every Sunday from October 2015 - March 2016. Enjoy free performances by leading local and touring acts every Sunday throughout summer in our idyllic Front Garden.
Dates: 01 Nov, 2015 – 20 Mar, 2016
Enjoy 3-hour short sail aboard the 1850's style barquentine ship, STS Leeuwin II. Season runs from 1 November 2015 - 20 March 2016. Choose to take part in sailing activities such as raising the sails, taking the helm and possibly even climbing the bowsprit or you can just sit back and enjoy the sail!
Dates: 19 Dec, 2015 – 28 Feb, 2016
Come and join WA Museum - Maritime in Fremantle these school holidays to celebrate da Vinci's genius and encounter and test some amazing machines. Marvel at the Da Vinci Machines exhibition, explore his world of imaginative machines and then try your own construction challenge.
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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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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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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Be inspired by our latest YouTube clips from historic Fremantle.