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Drop in on
Z Wander Freo Markets’ fruit and veg
section on a Saturday morning, and
hear stallholders shouting out the
price of strawberries.
Z Bather’s Beach is a great place to
catch some of the port movements
and watch the sunset over the
ocean. The summer evenings bring
a sunset street food market.
Town Hall, Kings Square,
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International and local alternative
acts come to rock out at
Fremantle’s Esplanade Park and
surrounding laneways. Feb.
BLUES ’N’ ROOTS
This beloved festival hosts some
of the world’s most popular acts in
blues and roots. This is a must see
for enthusiasts of soulful music,
and Fremantle Park is the perfect
The Fishing Boat Harbour excites
the masses with the splendour
of the sea. Sip a glass of wine,
culinary delight in hand, and gaze
over Bathers Beach. Mar.
The Freo streets turn into
performance spaces over the
Easter long weekend, with more
than ten stages presenting
international acts in busking,
street theatre, comedy, circus
and cabaret. Apr.
Just because it doesn’t
snow in WA doesn’t mean
you can’t experience a white
winter. Skate across the
largest outdoor ice rink in
Australia at Esplanade Park,
while the closest thing you’ll
get to snow in Perth falls down
around you. Jul.
WALK THE ZIGZAG
Enjoy a scenic walk on an
enormous scale, and join more
than 3000 people who take on
the 3km trek. Oct.
In its 110th year (2016), the
festival kicks off with the blessing
of the fleet at the Fishing
Boat Harbour, and fireworks
over Esplanade Park, with
dozens of events around
Cool down with more than 250
craft beers and ciders on tap, while
the Freo Doctor blows through
Fremantle Park. Food-and-
beer matching classes, brewing
competitions, and tastings will go
on all weekend. Nov.
Explore some of Fremantle’s
architectural gems, transformed
into gallery spaces over
a weekend. The walking trail
will take you around South
Fremantle homes and cafes to
view paintings, ceramics and
jewellery works. Nov
Street Arts Festival
(photography Max Kordyll).
Z Learn about Western Australia’s ocean explorers and sea-monster
superstitions, and view historical boats and a real-life submarine
at the Maritime Museum.
Z Explore salvaged shipwrecks found along the Western Australian
coastline at the Shipwreck Galleries Maritime Museum.
Z With its ferris wheel, picnic tables and play equipment,
Esplanade Park is a good bet for a sunny afternoon.
Z Tucked away just below the main strip is every kid’s dream.
The Pickled Fairy & Other Myths is a wonderland where kids can
meet a fairy princess, buy enchanted items, or have a party held by
a fantastical host.
Z See a colourful show at the Puppetry Theatre on Short Street. The
school holidays are especially packed with performances.
is the place. Grungy and familiar, the
bar puts on open-mike nights, as well
as local and international acts. In the
basement of The Norfolk Hotel hides
the den-like Odd Fellow: head down
to get up close and personal with
great musicians. Committed to the
Perth music scene, Swan Basement in
North Fremantle puts on rocking gigs
that are quintessentially Australian.
Tucked away next to the towering silos
of the Little Creatures Brewery, the
Comedy Lounge is a quality venue
hosting a huge variety of comedians
every week. Sip a renowned Little
Creatures beer between laughs.
DO AND SEE
With art hanging on the original walls
of what was once a women’s lunatic
asylum, Fremantle Arts Centre holds
many haunting stories. Nowadays it
also hosts free exhibitions, expansive
music programs, and art classes.
Resident artists also live and create at
Freo’s Moore & Moore Studios. Have a
bite to eat in the quaint garden before
perusing contemporary art. There’s
an independent institute located
on Bather’s Beach, too: Kidogo Arts
House is a cave-like building hosting
The Fremantle Arts Centre is a big gig
venue beloved by both musos and
crowds. For an intimate setting, Mojos
STAY There are great bed
and breakfasts scattered around
Fremantle, allowing you to live
like a village local, giving your
holiday a little personality. You’ll
smell the salt air wherever you are
in Freo, but if you’re lusting
after a beach holiday there are
apartments right behind South
Beach. If you’re looking for a little
history or excitement, Fremantle
Prison Youth Hostel (YHA) resides
in the heritage-listed Fremantle
Prison, the same complex that
used to house the Women’s
Prison. It’s easy to get around
town wherever you stay, most
places are within walking distance
of the city centre, otherwise
Freo’s free CAT buses stop at all
of expert guides.
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