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Fremantle

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$139 per night

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! (2,517 reviews)

"Lovely staff!! Super helpful... Great location, close to good food and the water... Nice rooms..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Apr,2020

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Be. Fremantle
Be. Fremantle
4.5 out of 5
43 Mews Rd, Fremantle, WA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$165 per night

Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bathers Beach and Fremantle Markets. Fremantle Prison is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (507 reviews)

"Excellent view over the Marina and perfect location for exploring Fremantle."…"

Reviewed on 19 May,2020

Be. Fremantle
Hougoumont Hotel
Hougoumont Hotel
4 out of 5
15 Bannister Street, Fremantle, WA
The price is SG$129 per night

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! (510 reviews)

"Warm welcome, friendly staff, and clovely furnished rooms (and you wouldn't have noticed hotel built out of containers!) Breakfast simple but with lovely bread and preserves and a proper coffee machine; works well. Complimentary cheese and wine early eve a lovely touch. Thoroughly recommend for all ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar,2020

Hougoumont Hotel

Popular places to visit in Fremantle

Fremantle Prison
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Fremantle Prison

4.5/5(39 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(2 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(1 review)

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 things to do in Fremantle

Fremantle Tram Ghost Tour with Dinner
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Fremantle Tram Ghost Tour with Dinner

100% of travellers recommend
SG$77
Per adult
Self-Guided Fascinating Fremantle Audio Walking Tour
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Self-Guided Fascinating Fremantle Audio Walking Tour

SG$20
Per adult
7 Day Perth to Exmouth Cruiser: Return
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7 Day Perth to Exmouth Cruiser: Return

100% of travellers recommend
SG$1,086
Per adult
Private Fremantle & Swan River Helicopter Flight
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Private Fremantle & Swan River Helicopter Flight

SG$209
Per adult
Fremantle Photography Tour
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Fremantle Photography Tour

100% of travellers recommend
SG$91
Per adult
Fremantle Prison, Markets & Dinner Tour
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Fremantle Prison, Markets & Dinner Tour

100% of travellers recommend
SG$162
Per adult

Reviews of Fremantle

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20 Mar 2020

Great way to end a month's trip. Shame about the virus hysteria gripping the world!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Mar 2019

A lovely place with great coffee and food

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2019

Everything is within easy walking distance. The Edwardian buildings are a wonderful back drop to the big blue sky and endless beaches. Free CAT bus service is amazing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Dec 2018

Visit Freo from Friday to Sunday as markets are open and therefore more atmosphere. Old Shanghai for tasty, affordable food- next to markets. The harbour for great fish and chips and a view. Rottnest for a unique experience. History and architecture.

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