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Creative, relaxed, open-minded: Fremantle’s spirit is entirely distinct from Perth’s. Perhaps it has something to do with the port and the city’s working-class roots. Or the hippies, who first set up home here a few decades ago and can still be seen casually bobbling down the street on old bicycles. Or perhaps it’s just that a timely 20th-century economic slump meant that the city retained an almost complete set of formerly grand Victorian and Edwardian buildings, creating a heritage precinct that’s unique among Australia’s cities today.

Whatever the reason, today’s clean and green Freo makes a cosy home for performers, professionals, artists and more than a few eccentrics. There’s a lot to enjoy here: fantastic museums, edgy galleries, pubs thrumming with live music and a thriving coffee culture. On weekend nights the city’s residents vacate the main drag, leaving it to kids from the suburbs to party hard and loud.

Fremantle is a major Australian port city in Western Australia, located at the mouth of the Swan River. Fremantle Harbour serves as the port of Perth, the state capital. Fremantle was the first area settled by the Swan River colonists in 1829. It was declared a city in 1929, and has a population of approximately 27,000.

The city is named after Captain Charles Fremantle, the English naval officer who established a camp at the site on 2 May 1829. The city contains well-preserved 19th century buildings and other heritage features. The Western Australian vernacular diminutive for Fremantle is Freo. The Nyungar name for the area is Walyallup.

See in Fremantle, Western Australia

1- Fremantle Prison

With its foreboding 5m-high walls, the old convict-era prison still dominates Fremantle. Daytime tour options include the Doing Time Tour, taking in the kitchens, men’s cells and solitary-confinement cells. The Great Escapes Tour recounts famous inmates and includes the women’s prison. Book ahead for the Torchlight Tour, focusing on macabre aspects of the prison’s history, and the 2½-hour Tunnels Tour (minimum age 12 years), which includes an underground boat ride and subterranean tunnels built by prisoners.

2- Western Australian Museum – Maritime

Housed in an intriguing sail-shaped building on the harbour, just west of the city centre, the maritime museum is a fascinating exploration of WA’s relationship with the ocean. Well-presented displays range from yacht racing to Aboriginal fish traps and the sandalwood trade. If you’re not claustrophobic, take an hour-long tour of the submarine HMAS Ovens; the vessel was part of the Australian Navy’s fleet from 1969 to 1997. Tours leave every half-hour from 10am to 3.30pm. Booking ahead is recommended.

3- Western Australian Museum – Shipwreck Galleries

Located within an 1852 commissariat store, the Shipwreck Galleries are considered the finest display of maritime archaeology in the southern hemisphere. The highlight is the Batavia Gallery, where a section of the hull of Dutch merchant ship Batavia, wrecked in 1629, is displayed. Nearby is a large stone gate, intended as an entrance to Batavia Castle, which was being carried when the ship sank.

4- Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

Centred on a wood-fired oven, the kitchen at Manuka is tiny, but it’s still big enough to turn out some of the tastiest food in town. Pretty well everything is cooked in the oven and the seasonal menu could include Esperance octopus, roast chicken with miso sauce or peppers and basil pesto. The pizzas are also very good.

5- Round House

Built from 1830 to 1831, this 12-sided stone prison is WA’s oldest surviving building. It was the site of the colony’s first hangings, and was later used for holding Aboriginal people before they were taken to Rottnest Island. On the hilltop outside is the Signal Station, where at 1pm daily a time ball and cannon blast were used to alert seamen to the correct time. The ceremony is re-enacted daily; book ahead if you want to fire the cannon.

6- The Mantle

Unlike anything else in Perth, The Mantle is a foodie hotbed hidden in a warehouse beside Fremantle’s busy port. Often illuminated by visiting cruise boats, it is anchored by Don Tapa, a restaurant pumping out brilliant Nikkei cuisine (Peruvian and Japanese fusion) from a sea container. It shares the floor with a cocktail bar, an Italian pizzeria, a Kombucha tap house and a ping-pong table.

7- Ootong & Lincoln

Catch the free CAT bus to South Fremantle for a top breakfast spot. Join the locals grabbing takeaway coffee or beavering away on their laptops, and start the day with macadamia-and-dukkah porridge or pop in from noon for Mexican corn croquettes. Vintage 1960s furniture and loads of space make it a great place to linger.


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