YOUR GUIDE TO FREMANTLE
Named as the world’s 7th best travel destination in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel’ of 2016, Fremantle is a must for any traveller visiting Australia. The city has a stunning position on Western Australia’s sunset coast, an easy 20-minute journey by train or car from Perth CBD. Once the epicentre of the 1800s Gold Rush, Fremantle has become a hub for all things creative and unique. Here’s our top things to see in the city!
Getting lost is one of the best ways to experience the city. Instagram-worthy murals can be found around nearly every corner – from big to small, colourful to grim, political to frivolous. It’s all here! If you want to plan ahead, check out this map of the best street art in the area: www.streetsofperthwa.com/map.
A maximum-security jail from 1852 until 1991, Fremantle Prison is now open to the public as a historic monument offering tours during the day and after-dark. It’s classed as a World Heritage Site and is considered one of Australia’s most fascinating cultural attractions, illustrating a system of punishment that’s uncomfortably recent!
The Fremantle Market comes to life every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, but the local area is also home to an incredible mix of independent boutique retailers open most days. Our favourites include The Artisan Store, South of the Border, Common Ground Collective, and the Chart & Map Shop (a treasure trove for those with wanderlust!).
Of all Fremantle’s galleries, Kidogo Arthouse is one of our top picks. Housed in a beautiful, heritage-listed building by the ocean, it’s worth a visit just to see the limestone construction (originally a kerosene store!). Venture inside, and you’ll be impressed by ever-changing exhibitions from international & local artists. Pop into the gift store for a unique souvenier to take home.
After a busy day of exploring, there’s no place better than the alfresco terrace at The Monk Brewery & Kitchen. Located 33 South Terrace in the heart of the city, The Monk offers locally-sourced West Australian food, as well as a range of refreshing brews – all made on-site! All beers and ciders are made in small batches, and are preservative free. In wintertime, retreat inside The Monk for the warmest atmosphere you’ll find in Freo.