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t’s got year-round charm
courtesy of its colourful
and creative community,
limestone buildings and a
European backstory that makes
it a coffee and pasta stronghold.
It’s got mainstay attractions –
the markets, the waterfront
eateries, Arts Centre and museums
to visit and rediscover. But
Freo is an evolving city and
there’s always more to see. A
major revitalisation of the port
city is underway, and the 2011
international sailing competition
will leave in its wake upgrades
to the streetscape from the
Woolstores to the waterfront.
Down side streets and in
improbable arcades lie gems
There’s no bad time to visit the
dynamic coastal port city of Fremantle
Train | You can’t miss the stop
– it’s the end of the line and
a great way to arrive in Freo.
Not only does it afford the
chance to view the working
port from the railway bridge,
it saves the hassle and
expense of parking.
West End | The cappuccino strip is the busy front line behind which
the West End offers a stately change of pace. It’s steeped in history
and limestone but brimful of niche shops, bookstores and boutiques.
High Street leads down to the water, where there’s history (the
Roundhouse, the whalers’ tunnel), flavour (Fishing Boat Harbour is the
place for fish and chips) and views (the new ferris wheel on Esplanade
Park offers an eagle’s sight line to Rottnest).
South Fremantle | The southern end of South Terrace is favoured by
many locals for its boutique shopping and eateries. With new wine
bars and eat spots opening up, it’s an alternative way to avoid the
weekend crush in the city centre.
North Fremantle | The tone is set at the north side of the traffic bridge
on Stirling Highway. Niche homewares, antique stores, wine bars,
eateries, gift-cum-design-cum-clothing stores, and live music venues
give this small strip lots of chutzpah.
East Fremantle | George Street is brimful of interest, with cafes,
eco-friendly homewares, boutiques, a wine store, a swimwear
boutique and lots of village charm.
CY O’CONNOR SCULPTURE |
Discover a deserted beach and this
two-metre bronze sculpture of CY
O’Connor at North Coogee.
MARITIME MUSEUM | Remind
yourself why Freo is boaties central,
with changing exhibitions and
school holiday activities.
HARBOUR | Waterside dining,
a boutique brewery and a new
harbour boat cruise are on offer.
FREMANTLE MARKETS | Street
performers regularly liven up
the weekends near the iconic
of places to eat, drink and see
music. Radiating out from the
central cappuccino strip, Freo is
developing new enclaves with an
eclectic mix of offerings. Quirk
factor is a given, but along with
arty people and lopsided cafes
with mismatched crockery, there’s
a new breed of classy eateries and
hip small bars.
WALK THE WALK
Fremantle | In sunshine,
Fremantle is made for wandering,
but if it’s structure you want,
several designated trails take
you past points of interest.
Choose your bent, be it history,
maritime, culture or pubs.
The Writers Walk | Totems dotting
High Street are inscribed with
extracts from writers hailing
from Fremantle, including Tim
Winton, Joan London, Xavier
Herbert and Kim Scott.
Art and Culture Trail | Wander
past artists’ studios and galleries,
from Kidogo Arthouse to the
Fremantle Arts Centre.
Retail and Fashion Trail |
Everything from Birkenstocks
to local fashion to gourmet
providores appear on this trail
centred on High, Market and
Fishing Boat Harbour Trail |
Beyond fish and chips, this takes
you past boatsheds and maritime
sculptures, and out onto
limestone groynes for a different
perspective on the harbour.
Hotels and Breweries Walk | Get
some history with your tipple
as you make this loop from the
local brewery to one of the oldest
hotels in the city.
Photography City of Fremantle.
Photography City of Fremantle.
The Queen Mary 2 leaving Fremantle
(Photography Wings Photographics).
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