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Fremantle is a captivating town
brimming with history, creativity,
culture and fashion. From the
moment you first set foot on its
streets and the salty breeze known
as the Fremantle Doctor hits you,
you’ll be captivated by the lovingly
preserved sandstone buildings, the
colourful shopfronts, and all the
city’s nooks and crannies hinting at
treasures to be found.
The Whadjuk Noongar people
have tens of thousands of years
of history, living on the land long
before the Europeans arrived in
1829. Convicts were brought in
later to build the settlement from
the ground up. Three-thousand
A PORT CITY WITH A CONVICT AND BLUE-COLLAR
HISTORY, AND AN ECLECTIC MIX OF RESIDENTS
WHO FREQUENT HIP CAFES AND HERITAGE PUBS,
FREO IS BOTH LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY LEFT
OF PERTH’S CENTRE.
Heritage-listed buildings remain, such
as the Henderson Street warders’
cottages, the notorious Roundhouse
penitentiary, and the Fremantle Prison.
Al fresco dining is a mainstay of
Fremantle life: take a stroll along
Market Street – better known as
the Cappuccino Strip – and see for
yourself. The burgeoning crowd
outside the Freo markets, meanwhile,
will draw you in to sample locally
crafted goods, and the latest in foodie
and artisan trends, not to mention
vibrant street performers.
Outside of the city centre is
East Fremantle, where George
Street buzzes with energy. South
Freo is home to South Beach, the
hangout for the local pooch-loving
community as well as the Fremantle
Dockers AFL team. North Freo
has its own appeal, with its cluster
of new-school restaurants and
The buildings of West End are
filled with niche stores, galleries,
and cafes; try Wray Avenue’s
legendary Italian store, for freshly
baked cannoli, cured meats, olives
and authentic antipasto.
The sea breeze will draw you
to Esplanade Park and across it to
the port. There, you’ll find the
ultimate fish and chip strip, with
huge restaurants filling renovated
wharfs and silos.
EAT AND DRINK
Start at the Cappuccino Strip for Italian gelato and people watching. For many,
a visit to Fremantle isn’t complete without some local seafood while looking over
the harbour, and while Italian is popular on this side of town, you can easily find
other cuisines such as Indian and Mexican on the main strip.
South Terrace in South Freo has fabulous brunch places with specialist
coffee, as well as Perth’s best hotdogs from Run Amok.
Fremantle is home of the great Australian pub, with laid-back beer gardens
perfect for a Sunday afternoon session. It’s also a hub for the microbrewers, with
the stylish harbourside Little Creatures a mecca for beer lovers.
Rising stars and hospitality hot shots are making their mark on the town, too:
discover North Freo’s small bars, with their mismatched furniture and exposed
fittings, plus re-imagined burger joints and boutique bakeries.
➊ Get spooked on a night tour of
the Fremantle Prison.
➋ Grab fish and chips at the
Fishing Boat Harbour.
➌ Buy local produce at the
➍ Drink specialist coffee
from one of many
➎ Soak up the sun and cool off
with a dip at South Beach.
➏ Learn about Freo’s rich history
on a walking tour.
➐ Buy local designs from
MANY 6160 collective
in Kings Square.
➑ Shake your booty at a festival.
➒ Watch street performers and
buskers get up to crazy tricks.
➓ Soak up the iconic Fremantle
Harbour at a bustling brewery.
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1. Head down to the Growers
Green farmers market
for Vietnamese breakfast
pancakes – fresh, crunchy
and only $8!
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Located only 18km from Perth,
Fremantle is easy to get to by car
and train, and both take thirty
minutes from the city. Buses run
regularly from various locations.
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