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What to see in Perth and in Fremantle

You can travel to Freemantle by Ferry from the city (a good way to go) or by bus or car.

What makes Freo (Freemantle) so attractive is the mix of heritage, beach culture, the harbour, fish and chips, pubs, cafes and of course people. It is a fun place to go day, night and at weekends – and you can mix up a bit of beach fun, meeting people, culture, shopping and eating.

For Heritage – read up about Fremantle on the history pages of this website, and head to –

  • Fremantle Markets – first opened in 1897 and still going strong with fruit & vegs, arts and crafts and lots of things that you won’t see elsewhere. Look for it at the corner of South Terrace and Henderson Street Mall.
  • Warders Cottages – are right next to the Markets
  • Pubs – also close to the Markets – including the Norfolk Hotel, Sail & Anchor,
  • Scots Presbyterian Church – also close to the Markets.
  • Kings Square – is at High Street – and is a place where there are buskers and other things to see, people watch and just hang out.
  • High Street – is a great street to walk along just to admire the architecture.
  • Victoria Quay – is the wharf area besides the river where the Western Australian Maritime Museum is located, as well as Oceanic Cruises (oceaniccruises.com.au Tel: (08) 9325 1191.
  • Western Australian Maritime Museum – has everything from small boats to an America’s Cup winning yacht to see. It is located at Victoria Quay.
  • Shipwreck Galleries – next to the Maritime Museum with an amazing collection of interesting displays centred on the ships that have been wrecked on the Western Australian Coastline.
  • Mews Rd – runs around Fishing Boat Harbour and Challenger Harbour. Here you will find a variety of places to have a coffee, eat and drink and take in the atmosphere of the yachts, fishing boats and other marine activities. Look for Little Creatures Brewery (40 Mews Rd) and their Dining Hall; look for the Endeavour Shed where there is a replica of Captain James Cook’s ship, ‘The Endeavour’; Head to Bathers Beach to swim; see Anchor’s Walk for a display of ship’s anchors; and there is lots more to see and do here.
  • E-Shed markets – smaller and more touristic than the Fremantle Markets. It is located at 11 Cliff Street, and is close to the water.
  • Freemantle Arts Centre – built in 1860’s, this is located at 1 Finnerty Street Tel: (08) 9432 9555 fac.org.au They stage different exhibitions and activities here, so it is worth checking to see what’s on.
  • Freemantle Prison – Just 200 metres from Fremantle Markets. Entrance on Fothergill Street. This is a remarkable building and has many stories of the past. Put this high on your list of places to see.
  • Round House – the oldest building in Western Australia, and also worth seeing and hearing the story of its past. Find it at Captains Lane Tel: (08) 9336 6897.
  • University of Notre Dame – Fremantle is home to a number of students, which gives it a young dynamic feel. The University is what is called “The West End” of Fremantle in a number of heritage buildings.

There is a lot to see in Perth, and it is a great city to visit.
 
Happy Travelling!
 
Geoff Stuart

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