It is easy to assume that Fremantle, the port at the mouth of the Swan River , is just a suburb of Perth, but it is more than that. It has an identity of its own. It has its own history and own atmosphere. It remains a port of some importance, and a fishing town, and also a cultural centre and a restaurant centre.
This West Australian port hit the headlines in 1987 as it was the site of the America’s Cup yacht race, and there is still a strong maritime focus in the township.
A popular way for city residents to do their shopping as well as attracting lots of tourists looking for something a little different to take home with them. These markets operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and sell everything from fresh foods to artwork. Corner South Terrace and Henderson Street (08 9335 2515).
This unique store in downtown Fremantle gives you a few basic lessons on learning to play Australia’s first native instrument as well as having a myriad of varieties on display and for sale. Market Street (08 9430 6009).
Fremantle Crocodile Park
More than 200 crocodile call this park home. You can view them from a safe distance above their habitats and if you plan your trip in the afternoon you can see them dining. Mews road (08 9430 5388)
Fremantle Motor Museum
This is home to a fine array of luxury restored vehicles, one being a pre war Rolls Royce limo. Motor bikes and racing cars are also on display.
Victoria Quay (08 9336 5222)
Fremantle Museum and Arts Centre
Once a lunatic asylum this building went through a total restoration and re opened in 1972 as a museum and arts centre. There are ever changing exhibitions here with the focus being on local artists and their works. The courtyard here often has music or theatrical performances. Corner of Ord and Finnerty Streets (08 9430 7966)
Old Fremantle Prison
This was WA’s maximum security prison from the 1850’s until its closing in 1991. A guided tour will fill you in on all the horrors that occurred within the stone walls. For something a little more spookier you can go on a torchlight tour of the prison. The Terrace (08 9430 7177)
The oldest structure in Western Australia, built by convicts in 1831.This unusual building has 12 sides but has lost it’s roof, it also has the infamous tag of being the location of WA’s first hanging. High Street
Western Australia Maritime Museum
This wonderful building located at the mouth of the Swan River tells stories of all things maritime, including shipwrecks, fishing expeditions, war ships and much more. The tours are very informative and the tour guides are often real sailors with real seafaring stories. Victoria Quay (08 9431 8444)