AT’s guide to the best cheap accommodation for summer and Christmas holidays

Fremantle

Why do we rate it?
Fremantle is a vibrant, freewheeling
town where there’s a museum, cafe or brewery on every corner – it’s perfect for a fun weekend away.

Where is it?
20km from Perth, Fremantle is just a half-hour drive south on the Stirling Highway.

Where to stay
There are lots of refurbished pubs like the Esplanade, Tradewinds and Norfolk Hotels, with top-floor standard and deluxe rooms best suited for couples. Kids will appreciate a bit more space outside of town. Woodman Point Holiday Park is five minutes’ drive away, with a variety of cabins and campsites as well as a swimming pool, playground and table tennis.

How much is it?
Standard rooms at the Esplanade are $245 per night. At Tradewinds, one-bedroom apartments are $215. At Norfolk, ensuite queen rooms are $150. At Woodman Point deluxe cabins are $204 a night, holiday units $186 and powered sites just $48 a night.

Availability
The busiest nights at the hotels are New Year’s Eve and Australia Day. The park has limited campsite availability but cabins are still available over Christmas and through January.

What to do
Visit the Fremantle Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay before heading next door to Little Creatures brewery. Fremantle Prison is now a business centre and museum but was a working prison until 1991. It’s a slice of history worth visiting. Next door to the jail is local institution the Fly By Night Club. Catch the ferry from Victoria Quay to Rottnest Island – great for a day on the beach or ferreting out a few quokkas. Woodman Point is home to a quarantine station that was used as an internment camp during WWII. You can visit for a free daily history walk even if you’re not staying there.

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