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Fremantle Western Australia – often likened to Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast for its eclectic range of art, craft and food markets, festivals and culture.
So many things to do and see that you could visit several times a year and still not exhaust the possibilities!
Here’s just one seven-day plan of activities to keep you busy on your next Fremantle holiday:
Day One: Drop your bags, settle in and get ready to take on the town – your first trip is a five-minute walk to the Fremantle Markets for a taste of fresh, locally grown produce and a myriad of colourful stalls selling everything from french crepes to hand-knitted dollies, fine jewellery to authentic Indian spices! Pick up the latest what’s on brochure before you leave! With arms laden, jump on the free cat bus for your trip home: sit at the front and take the circle route home, asking the driver lots of questions as you go – a great first orientation to the City! Enjoy a barbecue dinner and settle in to watch something fun from the DVD library at Hampton House. If you’ve still got energy after your day out, see what live music is on at the famous Fly By Night Club, a short walk from your front door.
Day Two: How about an indigenous day with a trip to the Japingka Gallery on High street. For more than 30 years this gallery has been representing some of Australia’s most celebrated Aboriginal artists. Stop next at Didgeridoobreath, Fremantle’s real Australian Didgeridoo shop staffed by passionate players, willing to impart their knowledge in a one-on-one didgeridoo lesson! Head to Fishing Boat Harbour next for a feast of fish and chips at one of the many restaurants and cafes that line the boardwalk and stop to watch the pelicans and, if you’re lucky, visiting dolphins!
Day Three: Kill two birds with one stone as you learn about photography while you take in the sights when you take on a Perth Photography tour of Freo; stop at Bathers Beach, a tiny pocket of sand right by the busy Fremantle harbour that retains a feeling of calm and seclusion. The Kidogo Art Gallery is a wonderful limestone building set against the sea and sky and a good one to photograph on your tour. After a busy day of photography, a hearty meal at the Sail and Anchor Pub will stop you feeling hungry. Sit on the balcony and watch the Market buskers!
Day Four: The Fremantle Arts Centre is always interesting. A place where you can actively explore cultural ideas, see stunning exhibitions and enjoy free Sunday afternoon concerts! For more culture, visit Kulcha and experience outstanding music from Mozambique to India in a fabulous performance space. In the evening take a night tour of mystery and fun of the Fremantle Prison, one of Australia’s premier tourist sites and Western Australia’s only world heritage listed building!
Day Five: What about a casual day at South Beach: a picnic on the grassed area near the playground and a swim in the calm waters of this family friendly beach. Check out the South street shopping strip for lots of organic produce, antique and bric-a-brac stores and great coffee shops. Get yourself some popcorn and see one of the latest blockbusters at Fremantle’s two mainstream cinemas or an alternative flick at the Luna on Essex!
Day Six: Take a wonder into Kings square for a free game of table tennis or large-scale chess. Then onto Gypsy tapas for a sensational taste of authentic tapas bites! Wonder down to the Esplanade and board the ferris wheel for a bird’s eye view of the Round House, Fremantle Town Hall, Shipwreck Galleries and many other historic buildings, then visit them and check out what’s inside!
Day Seven: Pop into the Fremantle Visitor Centre and ask for a walking trail map. They’re free and there are many to choose from. Follow the trail to see where it brings you. All of the trail maps have surprises on the way! You’ll be thirsty at the end so a stop at Little Creatures Brewery might be in order.