Just 30 minutes from Perth, the bustling, dynamic port city of Fremantle has long been renowned for its mix of arty and alternative types. For people who have been to Melbourne, this city is a bit like Fitzroy. It’s arty, cool and has a lot of funky bars.
Fremantle is located 30 minutes by train south of Perth and is an easy city to reach for just a day. We did spend a day in here checking our the market, enjoyed dinner and some drinks on the bar street.
The Fremantle Markets has a reputation as one of the best places to visit for locals and tourists. Fremantle Markets is one of the best and most well-known markets in Western Australia as it offers fresh and local produce, a great atmosphere plus many great souvenirs. Located on South Terrace in the heart of Fremantle, the Markets are very easy to find.
There was one stall who sold some lovely paintings. I really wanted to buy one but as a traveller without a permanent house, it is a bit pointless buying a painting.
Besides paintings and souvenirs, they sold a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables and locally produced snacks.
The opening hours are:
Friday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Monday public holidays 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Fremantle’s streets are full of pubs, small bars, restaurants and cafes that are filled with visitors from across the globe. Stroll down the ‘Cappuccino Strip’, Wray Avenue and South Terrace for lively cafes. Fremantle has a great nightlife (better than Perth) with several clubs, pubs, and bars that play live music until the early hours. There are also lot’s of events going on, like the street comedian festival when we were there.
Fremantle’s multicultural mix is best seen in its food and restaurants. You can see a strong Italian influence with the pizza and pasta restaurants while Asian, Indian, and other cuisines can also be found on the busy streets and Waterfront. You will also find some of the most popular seafood restaurants around the Fishing Boat Harbour.
How to get around?
Fremantle is one of the easiest cities in the world to explore by foot or bike. All attractions are located within walking distance of the Train Station and the free CAT bus does regular circuits around the city stopping at popular places of interest and offering easy access to major attractions and venues.
Other things to do?
We haven’t spent much time in Fremantle but as Ed has family living in Perth, they could give us a list of top things to do when you visit this cool city.
- Have a coffee along the ‘Cappuccino Strip’.
- Explore the markets.
- Enjoy street food at one of the outdoor food markets or food trucks.
- Go for a historic tram ride (day ticket for $25).
- Visit the prison.
- Try the local flavours at the many restaurants.
- Sample boutique beer at one of the great breweries.
- Find fashion, unique & boutique shops and, original artworks.
- Do a self-guided walking trail – maps available from the visitor centre.
- Go for a swim (in the summer) at beautiful Bathers Beach.
- Go to South Fremantle and discover street art.