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Fremantle

Known for Dining, Cafés and Museums

Arty, eclectic Fremantle is known for its superb café culture, microbreweries and laid-back beach lifestyle. 

How do you get to Fremantle?

Come to Fremantle to shop at the colorful markets, eat tasty food from all over the world and browse the cutting-edge work on display in the town’s many art galleries. Discover the town’s convict past and admire stunning Victorian and Edwardian architecture that is like nothing else in Australia.

Warm in the winter and even warmer in the summer, Fremantle is popular with surfers and beach lovers alike, who come to enjoy the clear blue waters at Cottesloe Beach. Look out to sea and you can just make out the shape of Rottnest Island. Take a daytrip here to see World War II relics, pink salt lakes and thousands of quokkas, small native marsupials.

Take a tram tour or wander the streets to appreciate Fremantle’s unique architectural heritage. Stunning Victorian and Edwardian buildings make up much of the city center. Explore the network of tunnels beneath Fremantle Prison and listen to ghost stories about former inmates. Above ground, the prison is now an informative museum and art gallery. Make sure you visit the Western Australian Maritime Museum, which has an impressive array of vessels including the America’s Cup winning yacht, Australia II.

Enjoy a coffee on Cappuccino Strip and mingle with the locals, who refer to their city as “Freo.” On the weekends, explore the lively Fremantle Market. Shop for fresh produce and listen to talented buskers plying their trade. Fremantle is a foodie’s paradise, so you can choose between a number of fine restaurants for your evening meal.

The flat, wide streets in Fremantle are easily explored on foot but the CAT bus is a good option for getting around too. It is free and runs every 10 minutes throughout the town. Look for the stop signs with the paw print.

Fremantle is located 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Perth. Take the 40-minute train ride from Perth or rent a car and take the scenic route along the Swan River.

Activities in Fremantle

See the world’s largest coin, and learn more about how sovereigns are produced at this historic facility in the heart of Perth.

The notorious prison where convicts were transported from Britain since the 1850s before housing local prisoners all the way up until 1991.

The oldest surviving building in Western Australia, this historic prison dates right back to the 1830s and looks out across the Indian Ocean.

An exciting new addition to the Perth riverfront, this precinct has everyone talking. There is already heaps to see and do and it’s not even finished yet.

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Combine a wonderful cruise and delicious lunch on the magnificent Swan River during this Fremantle Cruise. Absorb the scenery around Perth and its surroundings and enjoy a memorable meal of Western Australia’s seasonal produce.

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Travel to the fascinating Pinnacles Desert and feel the thrill of an adventurous 4-wheel-drive ride across and down the sand dunes. Get up close to native animals at Caversham Wildlife Park, enjoy a picnic lunch at the coastal town of Cervantes, and try your hand at sandboarding.

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Enjoy convenient and cost-effective transportation between Perth and Fremantle to Rottnest Island aboard a shared ferry. For transfers to and from Rottnest Island, the zones to select from include: Perth Select this option if your accommodation is in Perth.

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Explore Perth at your own pace from atop a double-decker bus. This hop-on hop-off adventure hits the city's top attractions, giving you plenty of time to visit sights like The Bell Tower, Kings Park, and Water Town.

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Embark on a cruise through calm Mandurah waterways to witness playful dolphins as they skip across the surface. You also visit the world-class Ocean Marina as well the Canals where you can see luxurious canal homes that were built with no expense spared.

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Spend the day in the lovely port city of Fremantle. Walk through its iconic market, see the historic prison—a World Heritage Site, and learn all about the indigenous people. Top it all off with a waterfront dinner and scenic stop in South Perth.

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Float down the river on a comfortable cruise boat to reach Fremantle's most popular breweries—the Monk, Sail and Anchor, and Clancy's. Enjoy samples of beer served on a paddle at each location, getting a feel for the region's wide diversity of crafted flavors.

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A comfortable vessel transports you down the Swan River from the bustling city of Perth to the port of Fremantle on this lovely cruise. Enjoy fantastic views on both sides of the river as you leave the dominating Perth skyline, snapping incredible photos while drinking unlimited cups of tea.