Fremantle is the perfect spot for summer fun for the whole family, with plenty of things to see and do!
Only half an hour from Perth City, the eclectic port city of Fremantle has long been renowned for its unique mix of heritage and modernity, art, shopping and subculture. Enjoy some of Perth's best coffee and food, savour some fish and chips at the iconic Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, pick up some trinkets at the Fremantle Markets, and explore exciting events and attractions galore!
We've compiled a taster to introduce you to some of the great things to do in Fremantle this summer - check them out below!
Festival Fun and Funnies
Fremantle is the home of many excellent music, arts and cultural festivals, and the flagship One Day Festival is right around the corner! This festival is held on Saturday 25 January, as an alternative to Australia Day (Sunday 26 January), embracing and encouraging diversity, inclusion and acceptance. The 2020 event will focus on the Kidogo Arthouse Precinct, showcasing Aboriginal food, culture and music. For more information, visit the City of Fremantle's event listing.
The acclaimed FRINGE WORLD Festival is in full swing this summer from 17 January to 16 February, with venues across Perth - including Fremantle, of course! Some hot shows include the musical comedy of Simone Craddock, the "cult" comedy of award-winning comedian Matt Storer, and the empowering comediennes of HersDay – what a treat! For more info, head to the FRINGE WORLD website at fringeworld.com.au.
Finally, for musical bliss and great vibes, head to the lawn of the Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) for free live music every Sunday from 2 - 4 pm until 29 March. Sunday Music has returned again this year, with a stellar line up of local and touring acts. Bring a rug, pack a picnic and enjoy! Head to the FAC events page to check out who's playing.
Dinos, Prison Breaks and Ancient Rome? Only in Freo!
Looking for things to do in Fremantle with the kids these school holidays? You'll find plenty of quirky fun to enjoy - from kids-only Locked Up! and Escape! tours of the Fremantle Prison, to fun and educational art courses for children of all ages at the Fremantle Arts Centre. The WA Maritime Museum has an awesome range of school holiday activities, as well as a fascinating exhibit on ancient Rome; and don't forget to check out the school holiday activities at the WA Shipwreck Museum too.
And whether you're a kid or a kid-at-heart, if you're into dinosaurs (and who isn't?), you won't want to miss out on Dinos Come Alive to get up close and personal with ten huge dinosaurs - fun for the kids, fantastic for your Insta fodder!
Two Feet, a Heartbeat and a Sailboat
Ready to see a side of Fremantle most people have never seen before? Two Feet and a Heartbeat is a multiple award-winning experiential tourism provider offering a Half Day Fremantle Package, including a historical walking tour, lunch and tour of UNESCO World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison. There is no better way to explore the amazing things to do in Fremantle than with a local guide to learn about the fascinating stories behind these extraordinary places! For more info, check out twofeet.com.au.
Next stop: the harbour. As a port city, the spirit of the sea is strong in Fremantle. Leeuwin Ocean Adventure is a truly unique way to experience the magic of the waters, giving you a taste of what it is like to be on board an 1850's style barquentine tall ship. As well as three-hour sails and week-long youth development voyages, Leeuwin is offering a time-limited series of day sails from now to April – check out their website for more info.