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
£72
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

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! (2,417 reviews)

"The location is fantastic, can walk to anywhere from the hotel is located"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges
Norfolk Hotel
Norfolk Hotel
2.5 out of 5
47 South Terrace, Fremantle, WA
£62
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

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
Be. Fremantle
Be. Fremantle
4.5 out of 5
43 Mews Rd, Fremantle, WA
£102
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

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! (489 reviews)

"Excellent location. Well equipped property with modern fittings"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Be. Fremantle

Popular things to do in Fremantle

Fremantle Markets
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Fremantle Markets

4.5/5(42 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Fremantle Markets, a popular shopping spot in Fremantle. Discover the top-notch restaurants in this walkable area or seek out the local tours.

Fremantle Prison
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Fremantle Prison

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Explore the cells, underground tunnels and artwork of a prison that housed transported British convicts and notorious Australian prisoners for over 130 years.


Esplanade Hotel
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Esplanade Hotel

3.5/5(2 reviews)

Find out about the history of Fremantle when you spend time at Esplanade Hotel. Make time for the shops and local tours in this walkable area.

Round House
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Round House

4/5(2 reviews)

Explore the rooms of Western Australia’s oldest surviving permanent building as you learn stories about prisoners and life in the early colony.

Western Australian Maritime Museum
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Western Australian Maritime Museum

5/5(1 review)

See historic boats and modern ships, learn about Western Australia’s busy ports, hear stories about shipwrecks and fishing adventures and step aboard a submarine.

Bathers Beach
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Bathers Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Bathers Beach during your travels in Fremantle? Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Top activities in Fremantle

Rottnest Island Adventure Boat Tour from Perth & Fremantle
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Rottnest Island Adventure Boat Tour from Perth & Fremantle

72% of travellers recommend
£74
Per adult
Discover Rottnest Island Day Tour from Perth & Fremantle
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Discover Rottnest Island Day Tour from Perth & Fremantle

92% of travellers recommend
£64
Per adult
7 Day Perth to Exmouth Cruiser: Return
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7 Day Perth to Exmouth Cruiser: Return

100% of travellers recommend
£631
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
£32
Per adult
SeaLink Rottnest Island - Same Day Return Ferry
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SeaLink Rottnest Island - Same Day Return Ferry

98% of travellers recommend
£38
Per adult
Sailing Charter To Carnac Island
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Sailing Charter To Carnac Island

£65
Per adult

Reviews of Fremantle

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 30, 2019

A lovely place with great coffee and food

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 4, 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

Dec 15, 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.