FremantleAustralia

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

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.

Top hotels in Fremantle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
AU$164
per night
Mar 29 - Mar 30

Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and University of Notre Dame Australia. Fremantle Prison ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,415 reviews)

"couldn't fault this hotel - good location, excellent room recently refurbished."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2020

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Hougoumont Hotel
Hougoumont Hotel
4 out of 5
15 Bannister Street, Fremantle, WA
AU$189
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Situated by the sea, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and Fremantle Prison. University of Notre Dame Australia and Round House ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (493 reviews)

"A quirky hotel in a great location. Within walking distance from plenty of tourist sites, cafes, bars, restaurants and the waterfront. Extremely friendly staff. Car parking available on site."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

Hougoumont Hotel
Norfolk Hotel
Norfolk Hotel
2.5 out of 5
47 South Terrace, Fremantle, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$120
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Situated in Fremantle, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and Fremantle Prison. Round House and Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (193 reviews)

"I loved the room my only complaint is as a single female and the front doors closing at 12 and then having to use the car park entrance at the back of the hotel to gain entry into the rooms which is very secluded didnt feel safe"…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb. 2020

Norfolk Hotel

Popular activities in Fremantle

Fremantle Prison
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Fremantle Prison

4.5/5(195 reviews)

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

Round House
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Round House

4/5(23 reviews)

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

Western Australian Maritime Museum
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Western Australian Maritime Museum

5/5(11 reviews)

A museum charting the region’s seafaring history with old boats and modern ships, stories about old shipwrecks and even the chance to get on board a submarine.

Top activities in Fremantle

Discover Rottnest Island Day Tour from Perth & Fremantle
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Discover Rottnest Island Day Tour from Perth & Fremantle

90% of travellers recommend
AU$121
Per adult
Rottnest Island Adventure Boat Tour from Perth & Fremantle
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Rottnest Island Adventure Boat Tour from Perth & Fremantle

72% of travellers recommend
AU$139
Per adult
SeaLink Rottnest Island - Same Day Return Ferry
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SeaLink Rottnest Island - Same Day Return Ferry

98% of travellers recommend
AU$72
Per adult
Combo Pass: Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Swan River Cruise & Fremantle Tram
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Combo Pass: Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Swan River Cruise & Fremantle Tram

94% of travellers recommend
AU$60
Per adult
Rottnest Island Day Trip by Bike from Perth & Fremantle
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Rottnest Island Day Trip by Bike from Perth & Fremantle

100% of travellers recommend
AU$102
Per adult
Fremantle Ferris Wheel
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Fremantle Ferris Wheel

AU$12
Per adult

Reviews of Fremantle

4.5

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.94252873563219%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.747126436781609%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 21, 2020

It's worth a visit, the beaches are an absolute must south Freo Beach is only a $9 uber and there's a cafe on the beach. Check out the indigenous art galleries, they have some rare incredible paintings.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 10, 2020

We went to a wedding on the beach and the wind was blowing about 100ks not pleasant

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 2, 2020

Great place to stay before catching the ferry to Rottnest Island.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 2, 2020

It was a really walkable place! We didn’t get in the car once after we arrived

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 1, 2020

Will be back to spend some more time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 29, 2020

Love it have visited & stayed at least 5 times now.