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Fremantle, W.A.

Listed under Seaside Towns in Perth, Australia.

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Just out of Perth, Fremantle (or Freo) gets the best out of being part Perth suburb (Perth has expanded to include it), part port city: far enough out of town to have an even more relaxed weekendy vibe than Perth but close enough for easy access to the city’s shopping and theatres.

People from Perth come down for the weekend markets to wander the warrens of pathways created in the crush of the stalls coated in crafts and local produce and to sit in cafes along the strip and watch the world go by at a weekend pace. It’s not so laid back that it’s in a coma though, there’s plenty of history to the place and it’s still one of Western Australia’s largest shipping ports; it‘s located at the mouth of the Swan River, so there’s a lot of activity going on under the surface.

Cheap warehouse style accommodation left over from shipping draws smaller arts organisations out of Perth for the discounted rent, so there’s usually something going on in town arts wise and you can be pretty certain your restaurant food is going to be fresh and served with a local brewed beer or Margaret River wine.

Fremantle has some well kept historic streets and buildings, especially at the south end of the port and the ’West End’, that give the place more character than your average Australian beach town, and a couple of museums featuring mostly maritime artefacts and relics from Fremantle’s days as a convict and whaling town.

It takes about 30 mins on the train from Perth to Fremantle. Make sure you visit the weekend markets and the fish markets past the Round House (Fremantle‘s oldest building, first built as a prison.).

I’d recommend you have a meal in one of the fish market restaurants beside the docks, sit outside if you can, you may not be impressed by the outdoor furnishings and tourist trap feel of some of the cafes, but the fish is fresh and tasty.

The oldest pub in town in the National Hotel, which is worth drinking in because it’s such a nice looking building. Fremantle is also a good place to go out at night, it’s got a couple of good clubs and bars and it’s warm (if you can't find your way home you can sleep on the beach - not that you’re supposed to...). Naturally you can also swim and watch sport in the sunshine, it is Australia after all.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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