Explore Fremantle & Beyond
This beautiful coastal port city bounded by the Indian Ocean and the Swan River is just 20 km from Perth. The City of Fremantle was established in 1829 as a port for the Swan River Colony and was the major city in Western Australia for much of its early history.
Fremantle’s unique character is captured by its landscape, its heritage architecture, music, arts and culture, festivals, retail stores and markets, cafés and restaurants, which all contribute to its village style atmosphere – making it a popular destination for local and international visitors.
A series of islands lie off the coast of Fremantle including the famous holiday island of Rottnest, Garden Island and Carnac Island. Rottnest Island is the only island that has a regular ferry service transporting visitors to and from Fremantle.
The enclosed and sheltered Fishing Boat Harbour and Success Harbour protect the city’s working and recreational fleets and are within walking distance of the city centre. The Fishing Boat Harbour precinct also features boardwalks, café’s restaurants and a brewery
Explore the iconic Fremantle Markets and then relax and enjoy some al fresco food and coffee on the Cappuccino Strip.
Explore Australia’s national centre for maritime collections at Australian National Maritime Museum.
Take a journey into Western Australian history. Some of the oldest buildings and structures are located in the port City of Fremantle on a Segway.
Rottnest Island is located just off-shore from Perth this island is a 35 minute ferry ride from Fremantle. The island boasts the best this area has to offer, with secluded sandy white beaches, crystal clear waters for snorkelling around the area’s coral reefs and an array of native animals to view. Rotto, as it is called by the locals is a car free zone, adding to the relaxed feel of the island.
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Wander through the Botanic Gardens and see Perth City from the tree-top walkway in Kings Park – the largest inner city park in the world.
Spend the day at Caversham Wildlife Park one of Perth’s most exciting tourist attractions, showcasing the largest private collection of native wildlife in Western Australia. Or visit the Perth Zoo – a 7 minute drive from the CBD, this award-winning zoo is home to approximately 1300 native and exotic animals from over 230 species as well as a world famous breeding program for critically endangered species.
Located only a 5 minute walk from the Perth CBD, the Swans and Bell Tour a towering glass spire is one giant musical instrument of considerable historical and cultural significance with a dedication to become a world-centre of excellence in the art of English change ringing.
Housed in one of Western Australia’s most historical buildings, the Perth Mint is located a few minutes’ walk from the CBD.
Take a day trip to explore the mysterious Pinnacles in Nambung National Park.
Enjoy wine and chocolates in the Swan Valley.
Take a few days to visit the wineries in Margaret River and the South West.
Head across for afternoon tea at Cottesloe Beach overlooking the beautiful white sands and blue water.
Alternative Accommodation Options
Colonial cottages (self-contained)
Enjoy a comfortable and memorable stay in the beautifully updated former Fremantle Women’s Prison warder’s cottages, built in the late 19th century to accommodate the staff from the Fremantle Women’s prison. Located on top of the hill with historic Fremantle City at your doorstep, these delightful cottages have been lovingly furnished to create a modern, comfortable stay.
Fremantle Prison YHA
Fremantle Prison YHA has all the added comfort of a modern backpacker’s hostel – a mix of private and shared rooms, free Wi-Fi, modern facilities – all within a charming historic building. If you’re brave, sleep in the actual prison cells! This Fremantle Prison backpackers hostel has an additional purpose-built building with ensuited private rooms for luxurious travellers. Perfectly-preserved Victorian-style guards’ cottages are also available.