10 Things to Do in Fremantle That You Shouldn't Miss

February 18, 2018 Jana Sager

Fremantle (Freo), Perth’s maritime center, offers a pleasant change of pace from the nearby state capital. From the Victorian Fremantle Markets to the convict-built History Museum to the strikingly modern Maritime Museum, Fremantle is an elegant and energetic spot. Head south and enjoy patio dining on the Cappuccino Strip, famous for its great beaches and boisterous nightlife.
Restaurants in Fremantle

B Shed Victoria Quay, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia +61 8 9325 9352
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SeaLink Rottnest Island

Departing daily from Fremantle, SeaLink Rottnest Island provides a competitively priced ferry service to Perth’s favourite island paradise. With hospitality trained staff on board you can expect excellent customer service and a friendly smile to welcome you. Multiple trips depart each day for your convenience, and our experienced team can tailor an itinerary to you with a wide range of touring and package options available. SeaLink Rottnest Island is also pleased to welcome the first vessel to its fleet - Quokka 1 is the newest and most environmentally friendly vessel to be servicing Rottnest Island. With a brand-new purpose-built bar on board you can enjoy a refreshment (or two) to kick start your island adventure. Discover the best of Perth's Island Paradise with SeaLink Rottnest Island.

Reviewed By 902dixiegirl - Sydney, Australia

The staff were very friendly and helpful The trip itself was smooth sailing I would recommend this company to travel to Rottnest Island

2. Fremantle Prison

1 The Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia +61 8 9336 9200
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Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s premier tourist attractions and the only World Heritage listed building in the State.The Prison was built by convicts in the 1850s and was used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. With solitary cells and gallows Fremantle Prison is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent. Fremantle Prison now holds the key to history, mystery and fun. Step inside and do time with experienced guides on a fascinating Prison Day Tour. Explore the labyrinth of tunnels 20m beneath the Prison by foot and by boat on a Tunnels Tour adventure. Feeling brave? Delve into the darker side of the Prison’s history on an eerie Torchlight Tour.

Reviewed By Jim F - Perth

We were only briefly stopping in Fremantle, but thankfully long enough to have been able to do the general prison tour (there are three options). We had had recommendations from two different UK sources so reasoned it would be a good bet. The 90-minute trip through the old prison which happily has been preserved and is now an official world heritage site was fascinating and thought-provoking. In Ian we had a thoroughly knowledgeable and personable guide who managed to get his reasonably fast-paced Delivery over in a good-humoured way. Based on our experience we would have opted for the other tours had we had enough time. Am attraction with a difference!

3. The Shipwreck Galleries

Cliff Street | Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia +61 8 9431 8444
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The Shipwreck Galleries

Reviewed By kaw118 - lincs UK

We visited this museum before the main Maritime Museum in Fremantle and found it very interesting, even though we are not in to boats/ boating or Australia's maritime history. Read all the information on both floors and thoroughly enjoyed our time here.
Strongly recommend a visit - enjoy

4. Little Creatures

40 Mews Rd, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia +61 8 6215 1000
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Little Creatures

We're pretty proud of our Fremantle brewery and we welcome visitors from far and wide every day. Grab a Pale Ale and a pizza and soak in the brewery chaos or wander out into the backyard to enjoy your beer and nosh in the Sunshine. You could also head to our Brewhouse bar to pick up a six pack to take home , free bike hire to explore around Freo for the day or stay awhile for a tasting of our full range of beers. We also love to show people around and run brewery tours at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm everyday... just come in and ask us or get in touch if you have a big group.

Reviewed By Tony_Forder - Milton Keynes

A visit is very much a MUST-DO Lots to try, has food and cold beer - try as many as your legs will allow Food menu looked nice but we only tried the beer's Great place to meet up with others and good views ...

5. Fremantle War Memorial

Corner of High Street and Bateman Street, South Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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Fremantle War Memorial

Reviewed By RogerLowestoft - Oulton Broad, United Kingdom

This memorial is dedicated to those who served and lost thier lives fighting in wars that involved service personnel from Australia. It is well looked after and looks over Freemantle and further out to sea. You can walk from the town up the hill to the top which gives you great panoramic views, or catch a bus which passes close by to the memorial.

6. South Beach

Corner Ocean Drive / Ocean Road | Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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South Beach

Reviewed By Chizzel - Perth, Australia

This is such a versatile beach with access for swimmers and dog lovers.
The beach is frequented by both swImmers and dog owners and attracts quite a few people. There's usually lots of parking.
There are amenities such as fish and chip shop and cafes nearby.

7. Western Australian Maritime Museum

Victoria Quay/Peter Hughes Drive | Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia +61 8 9431 8334
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Western Australian Maritime Museum

Reviewed By kaw118 - lincs UK

I really enjoyed this museum and i am not into boats, yachts etc and know/ little about, them. The museum. was well laid out, informative on all aspects of maritime history. We did see the winner of the America Cup also, lots of types of boats etc, young and old. Enjoyed a light lunch during the visit. Staff pleasant & helpful
My only comment is that although we were staying in Fremantlle, quite close by, the museum was difficult to find - better sign posting is needed.

8. Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour

Mews Rd | Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour

Reviewed By papillon2020 - Brisbane, Australia

It appears that the area is undergoing renovation/new building as it is turning into a lovely waterfront area to have a meal or drink. It's interesting to watch the local fishermen as they work on their boats. Easy to walk to from the main area of Freemantle as part of a great walk around this fascinating city

9. Esplanade Park

Corner Marine Terrace/Essex Street | Marine Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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Esplanade Park

Reviewed By Darrel J - Perth, Australia

A large park with majestic Norfolk Pines, excellent playground & skate park plus café - an idyllic city park Often hosts major events

10. The Fremantle Round House

Captains Lane, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia +61 8 9336 6897
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The Fremantle Round House

The Fremantle Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia, purpose built as a gaol (jail) when the Swan River Colony was first settled. Volunteer Guides are available to share the history of the Round House with visitors and the Round House is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm daily (except for Christmas Day and Good Friday). The cannon is fired (weather permitting) at 1.00pm every day on the Gun Deck and we welcome visitors applying to be the Honorary Gunner for the day.

Reviewed By Dan L - Bunbury, Australia

The Roundhouse is the oldest public building in Western Australia. It opened in January 1831 and was built to hold any person convicted of a crime in the Swan River Colony and was used until 1886. It contained eight small cells and a jailer's residence all opening onto a central courtyard. In 1837 the Fremantle Whaling Company requested that a tunnel be dug through Arthur Head to High street, it was 57m in length and linked the whaling station at Bathers Beach to the High Street. The building has had varied uses over the years and was ultimately transferred to the City of Fremantle in 1982. An important piece of the State's history. Great panoramic views after you have climbed the steps.

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