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Revision as of 08:30, 24 June 2009

Fremantle is an Indian Ocean port, clinging to the western edge of Australia, facing west towards Rottnest Island, Mauritius, and Africa.

You could claim that Fremantle is a suburb of Perth, but you'd be wrong. It is a city in its own right, deliciously different from Perth in its location, people and style.

Get in

You could arrive in Fremantle via cargo ship or cruise liner. That way, you would, after a long journey, arrive at a long flat sandy coastline dotted with trees and make for the obvious port.

By car Take Leach Highway west, Stirling Highway south-west or Canning Highway west. From the south, take Rockingham Road. From the north coast, West Coast Highway and the Curtin Avenue lead to the port. From Perth city, Fremantle is about a 30 minute drive.

There are lots of TransPerth buses that arrive and leave Fremantle. Routes 98 (clockwise) and 99 (anti-clockwise) are quick and frequent services that lead to Fremantle. They terminate at the Fremantle Railway Station.

Frequent commuter trains from Perth leaves from Perth's City Station, and makes the 25 minute trip to Fremantle via Perth's western suburbs, culminating in a breath-taking view of beach, ocean and port before arriving at Fremantle station.

See the TransPerth Journey Planner [1] for more info on trains and buses.

Get around

You can get around most of central Fremantle for free on the CAT Bus which runs every ten minutes during daylight hours. It is orange with a large black cat on the side. Look for the CAT symbol at bus stops, and maybe even paw-prints on the footpath. The CAT Bus is wheelchair and pram accessible, including kneeling and ramps.

Alternatively, you can use your feet; most of Fremantle is fairly flat and good for walking or rent a scooter from Scootabout in Cliff Street.

For a local car hire, try Baywater Car Rentals. They rent nice little cars at good prices. 13 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle. Telephone 08 9430 5300.

See

There is a lot to see in Fremantle.

  • Maritime museum
  • The beach
  • Whale watching
  • Wander along the scenic port
  • Rottnest Island
  • Fremantle markets
  • Round House
  • Fremantle Prison
  • Sunset on a clear day

Do

  • WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, (go to the end of Cliff Street, head for the waterfront and turn left'. You can't miss it -- a large white building with curved lines suggesting a hull), 08 9335 8921, [2]. Open 7 days 9.30AM to 5.00PM. A wonderful collection of vessels, including the winged-keel Australia II, which won the America's Cup. You'll also find a full history of marine activity on the West Australian coast. $10 (children 5-15 $3, concession $5, family $22). A tour of HMAS Ovens, a retired Oberon-class submarine, is well worth the time.
  • Round House, Arthur Head. Western Australia's first permanent building. Built as a prison in the 1830's, the Round House now serves as a small, but informative museum, that focuses on the convict lifestyle of the 1800's. Now restored and updated with more detailed information, maps and volunteer guides (although the tour of the building is mostly self-guided). Entry is free, gold coin donations encouraged.
  • Whalers' Tunnel, located under the Round House, the Whaling Tunnel was built to provide easy access between the original Bather's Beach port and the town of Fremantle. The tunnel has been restored in recent years, and now has detailed explanations of its construction, and local artifacts, making it a worthwhile self-guided tour.

Buy

Whether it is shopping for food or clothes, you are bound to find it. Fremantle offers you an array of retail therapy. Nothing upscale, mostly unique. Shops generally open from 10AM to 5PM.

  • The Fremantle Market - Connected, there are two sheds that houses fruit sellers and a variety of other items that you may wish to purchase, be it souvenirs or music CDs. You will find that it is rather quaint and a much much smaller version of Covent Garden in London. You definitely have to take your time to look through the markets because you never really know what you will find there. It is open from 9AM-9PM on Fridays, 9AM-5PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Boutiques - catering for female and male clothes & shoes, located all around the central Fremantle area.

Eat

Despite the wide availability of Italian food outlets, Fremantle offers other cuisines within different price ranges.

  • Sala Thai
  • Upchuck
  • Cicerello's, right across the way from The Esplanade park, Cicerello's has been more or less an institution since the early 1900's, and is widely regarded as serving Western Australia's best fish and chips. Eat indoors in the pavillion, or outdoors on Fisherman's Wharf. Short walks to the Maritime Museum, Round House and the Crocodile Farm.
  • Sandrinos is a pizzeria located close to the Millennium Hoyts cinema serving delicious Italian food including the famous chilli mussels. A small section of al fresco dining is available, but its indoor dining provides the best of the smells of the kitchen and pizza. Good for dinners with friends or family or just a Sunday lunch.
  • Gino's Cafe has been on the strip for 11 years as an Italian Cafe. Opened by Gino Saccone (1937 - 2001), it offers a mean breakfast and a lunch and dinner menu. Hard-pressed to find a seat, if you do get one, you would be in for a treat with the selection of cakes and strong coffee on brew. Mostly al-fresco dining, it is the place to have a Sunday get together with friends and family.
  • Ali Baba Kebabs is on the cappucino strip that serves the best kebabs in Fremantle. All sorts of wraps are available from chicken to vegetarian. It is open till late to accommodate all those nightbirds wanting a real cheap treat.

Drink

  • The Sail and Anchor Pub Brewery serves unique and award winning beers, brewed on-site. If beer isn't your thing, you can quite easily get a local or international wine, cup of coffee or feed yourself at the al fresco Brewers Courtyard or on the balcony overlooking the famous Cappuccino Strip. [3]
  • Little Creatures, found inside a converted boatshed and crocodile farm, is a "cellar door" bar/restaurant. The beer is fresh (straight out of the conditioning vat, as fresh as you can get!), the food is great (dinner served until 11PM, wood-fired pizzas until midnight) and nothing beats watching the sun set through the masts of Fishing Boat Harbour. [4]
  • Rosie O'Grady's is a little Irish pub that serves both food and drinks. It is known for its brand of ales (James Squire) and its delicious food. On certain days if you are lucky, you will catch glimpse of some local bands playing and you can partake in a quiz/trivia night in hopes to win money! Lots of fun times at Rosie's if you're with a group of friends. [5]
  • The Cappuccino strip is a long section of streets in Fremantle itself where there are loads of cafes, some being very "upper class".

Sleep

Budget

There are a couple of backpacker accommodations within walking distance of the train station.

  • Freo YHA - Backpackers Inn, 11 Pakenham Street, (08) 9431 7065, (a short walk from the train station), from 22 AU$ for a dorm including breakfast (for YHA members). All the usual amenities (Internet, laundry, self-cooking kitchen) available. Not all bunk beds are equally comfortable and they charge 5 AU$ for keeping your luggage on the day of check-out.
  • Sundancer Backpackers Hostel [6] , 80 High Street, Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia. Freecall 1800 091 905. [email protected]. Shared dorm accommodation, doubles, twins available.

Mid-range

Freo Beach House is located across the road from Fremantle's beautiful South Beach and just a 1km walk to the town centre's boutique shops, cafés and restaurants. Beach lovers will find it ideal with its sea and marina views and stunning Indian Ocean sunsets. Unlike other B&Bs, FBH has your own suite of rooms for the price of a standard double. The price ranges from $99-150 AUD per night depending on the season (including a continental breakfast). [7] Email: [email protected]

Splurge

  • The Esplanade Hotel - a charming and rather pricey place to stay. However it is definitely worth the price as it looks over the huge park that spans across. Its central location is also a plus, surrounded by things to do, things to see and places to eat.
  • Port Mill Bed and Breakfast - located off the Cappucino Strip, still considered central, the old cottage style homestay provides a welcoming entrance. With a price range of AUD 200 and above, this place promises you an opportunity to step back in time with its limestone architecture and unique interior. A stay at the bed & breakfast includes all the modern necessities and a continental breakfast. 3/17 Essex Street, Fremantle WA 6160 +618 9433 3832

Get out

Kulcha Club - Located on the cappuccino strip above Dome Cafe, it holds several dance/music/social nights catering more for those interested in arts. The Club offers salsa lessons, ethnic music sessions and many other events.

Newport - Famed for its Wednesdays, it plays hosts to a range of bands, international DJs and other music genres in "The Bandroom". Continuing onto the weekend, Newport offers those interested the chance to catch their favorite sport in the "The Atrium". Or if pool is the better option then the "Front Bar" is also available. Located on the famed Cappucino Strip. No entry charge.

Metropolis Fremantle - A club located on Marine Parade. It is one of the biggest and busiest in Fremantle. Metros is divided into different sections, offering RnB, bands belting out 80/90s hits, house and electronic music on different nights. On the plus side, it is loud, busy, and the place to be seen. On the down side it has a $10 cover charge before midnight and a $15 charge after. Get there early or expect a long line to get in.



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