History & Culture
Take the history trail through Fremantle for a fascinating look back at its maritime and convict-era history. The World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison is the ideal place to start. The striking, sail-shaped Western Australia Maritime Museum houses some of the most awe-inspiring vessels in maritime history. Follow it up with a visit to the Western Australia Shipwrecks Museum. Tour the Round House for a fascinating look inside the oldest public building in Western Australia. The repurposed Fremantle Arts Centre was originally constructed by convicts as a lunatic asylum in the 1860s. Now it’s the creative heart of the city, playing host to an impressive line-up of exhibitions, concerts, and workshops.
Fremantle is renowned for its eclectic mix of street art splashed over the side of buildings and tucked down unassuming laneways. Take in the views across Fremantle and its harbours atop the famous 40-metre-high Tourist Wheel in Esplanade Park. Weave your way around the permanent stalls within the Fremantle Markets from Friday through Sunday for a dizzying array of art, fashion, homewares, fresh produce, artisan cheese, baked goods and condiments. Or head to the George Street Precinct in East Fremantle to peruse the antique and boutique stores.
Beaches & Nature
The four main beaches of Fremantle are not to be overlooked. Find South Beach, Bathers Beach, Port Beach and Leighton Beach all sitting pretty on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Swimming, surfing, snorkelling, kitesurfing and windsurfing are all popular pastimes here. Fremantle is also the gateway to the ever-popular Rottnest Island. Take the 25-minute ferry ride from Elizabeth Quay to Rottnest Island to meet the quokkas and explore its pristine beaches and quiet bays.