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Entertaining the relatives

13 October 2021

Fremantle is a truly walkable city and the train ride along the Indian Ocean coast and across Fremantle Harbour is a  spectacular entry point for the port city. There’s a definite sense of arrival as you exit the station into the pretty Downtown neighbourhood.

11 AM | Morning

Fremantle has plenty of stories to tell and the team at Fremantle Walking Tours* share their love of the city with a 2-hour walking tour starting at 11 am. Meet at their office on Market Street. You’ll visit the oldest building in Western Australia, the Round House, the newest bars and cafes, learn a little of Fremantle’s Indigenous culture, early European exploration and convict history.

1 PM | Lunch

Walking works up an appetite so head to Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour for a boardwalk lunch at some of Western Australia’s best seafood restaurants. Choose from a fine dining experience, casual fish and chips or head to Little Creatures Brewery. All have stunning views over the harbour.

2 PM | Photo op

The LOVE FREO sign at Fishing Boat Harbour is the perfect photo opportunity. AC/DC fans can have their photo taken with a bronze statue of lead singer Bon Scott, one of Freo’s most famous sons, sculpted by local artist Greg James.

2.30 PM | Afternoon

A visit to Fremantle isn’t complete without a stroll around Fremantle Markets. Head north across Esplanade Reserve with a stop at the playground or skate park. Heading north up Essex Street will bring you right outside the famous Fremantle Markets (open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday public holidays). The markets opened in 1898 and are now one of only two surviving municipal market buildings in Western Australia. Allow a couple of hours to explore. The markets is also renowned for mouth-watering street food. Meet up in The Yard when you’re done for an early dinner.

4.30 PM | Late afternoon 

Finish off with a drink at the Sail & Anchor Hotel which, along with the Norfolk Hotel, the Warders Cottages and Scots Church, is listed on the Commonwealth Government’s Heritage Commission Registrar of the National Estate.

*Bookings essential.