There are so many things to do in Fremantle that it’s not possible to see and do it all in one day.
Lying at the mouth of the Swan River, 19 km (12 miles) from Perth, creative, relaxed, open-minded Fremantle, or “Freo” as it is better known as, is home to some fantastic museums, historic buildings, galleries, pubs and cafes. Spend a weekend here and enjoy the atmosphere of this seaport and thriving metropolis.
For the art aficionados, there are plenty of places to visit in Fremantle. Apart the many historic buildings from the 19th century on display, there’s several museums and art galleries to visit. Most noteworthy among these is the Shipwreck Galleries of the Western Australian Museum and the Western Australian Maritime Museum which houses the Australia II who won the America’s Cup in 1983. Other Fremantle attractions include the Round House, one of Fremantle’s oldest buildings, and the Fremantle Prison which was built by the first convicts in 1855.
For the shopaholics, you can’t beat the Fremantle Markets which are the highlight of all the Fremantle tourist attractions. There are more than 170 stalls here offering everything from vegetables to opals. There’s also a strong arts scene in “Freo” so check out the shops along the main drag for some alternative memorabilia.
While in “Freo”, don’t forget to knock back a beer or two on the veranda of one of the gorgeous old pubs, or sip an expresso on the Cappuccino Strip. This is where most of the atmosphere is at – stop at one of the restaurants, pubs or cafes and watch the people go by. Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is another popular area which boasts wonderful views of the port as well as many restaurants and pubs.