WA was also listed among the best-value destinations for 2016. Lonely Planet said that Fremantle, like all ports, was where "the world washes in on the tide and washes out again, leaving the locals buzzing with global zeitgeist".
"It's a delicious process and nowhere in Australia does it better," the guide said. "Fremantle thrums with live music rooms, hipster bars, boutique hotels, left-field bookshops, craft beer breweries, Indian Ocean seafood shacks, buskers, beaches and students on the run from the books."
Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the ranking reflected the continuing transformation of the historic port into one of the world’s most vibrant and liveable cities.
"It is a huge honour and reflects not only the physical transformation of the city in recent years but also the growing buzz and optimism here," Dr Pettitt said.
"It's a fairly safe bet that the quirky charm and allure of Fremantle is about to infect the hearts and minds of a whole new global audience, just as it has infected locals and visitors here for the best part of two centuries."
WA was ranked as the 10th best-value destination for 2016, behind top-placed Estonia. The guide said currency fluctuations meant the Australian dollar represented good value for overseas visitors.
by The West Australian
EXCLUSIVE Kent Acott | October 28, 2015