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Holidays by the sea

13 October 2021

Memories are made with this three day family itinerary by the seaside. Explore Fremantle on bikes learn about the Whadjuk people, enjoy the European flavours at family friendly restaurants and uncovering stories of Western Australia’s history and this historic town.

DAY 1 | Morning

Drop your bags at your hotel mid-morning to allow plenty of time for exploring. Check our accommodation directory for self-contained apartments. Be Fremantle* is close to the Downtown area and has ocean and harbour views from every apartment.

DAY 1 | Lunch

Kicking off your family holiday by the sea with lunch just up the road at one of the seafood restaurants lining the boardwalk on Fishing Boat Harbour. Cicerello’s giant fish tanks are a hit with the kids. Thrill seekers love a ride on West Coast Jet.

DAY 1 | Afternoon

Run off lunch at the Esplanade Reserve playground just across the railway line.Look both ways before you cross–if you’re lucky you’ll see a freight train chugging through the city and the drivers always wave to the kids. On the Western side of the railway line is Bathers Beach, Freo’s inner city and best kept secret beach.

Take a selfie with the iconic sculpture 'Bella’ basking in the sun at the Southern side of Bathers Beach House. On the beach side of Kidogo Arthouse is the first signpost for the Manjaree Trail. Manjaree is the name that the Whadjuk (local indigenous people) gave to this area.

DAY 1 | Evening

Back to the hotel for a refresh before dinner. It’s a 15 minute walk across the Esplanade Park and north along Collie Street to the famous Cappuccino Strip. Fremantle’s original Italian influences are evident at the line-up of eateries. Sandrino’s, Pizza Bella Roma, Benny’s and the Capri are just a few of the local family favourites.

DAY 2 | Breakfast

An early start for breakfast and retracing your steps to Collie Street for a stop at Duck Duck Bruce. As you cross Marine Terrace look out for the old shoreline trail at the corner of Collie Street. It’s Fremantle’s original shoreline. Remarkable to think the entire park land behind you sits on reclaimed land.

DAY 2 | Morning

After breakfast turn left outside the cafe and head up Collie Street to South Terrace. Make your way to the Fremantle Visitor Centre in Walyalup Koort to pick up a copy of the Fremantle Highlights cycling trail for a self-paced tour of Fremantle by bike. You can hire bikes from various spots around the city or there is limited free bike hire available at Fremantle Visitor Centre. 

DAY 2 | Lunch

Stop for lunch in the magical courtyard cafe at Fremantle Arts Centre. After lunch browse the galleries or choose a souvenir of your visit from the gift shop FOUND. It’s stocked with locally made and designed wares.

DAY 2 | Afternoon

Back on the bikes to pick up the cycle trail through Fremantle’s East End and onto the Waterfront neighbourhood. Look for dolphins enjoying the waters of Fremantle Harbour. Returning to the hotel, make a stop at WA Shipwreck Museum, the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. Entry is by gold coin donation. Batavia Shipwreck is a must see.

DAY 2 | Evening

Dinner at Joy Kitchen* on Marine Terrace is a 4-minute ride from the hotel along Mews Road. There’ll be something on the menu for everyone. 

DAY 3 | Morning

Check out 10 am and leave your bags at the hotel so you’re free to explore Freo for the day. 

Heading back to a shared path hugging the railway line head left towards Victoria Quay. Stop at the Round House. It’s WA’s oldest building perched high on the limestone cliffs with views over the West End and out to Rottnest Island. Back on the bikes towards the Fremantle Port Authority building and look for the statue of CY O’Connor, the famous engineer that built the harbour and the pipeline that carries water to the goldfields. Turn left along the quay to WA Maritime Museum - stop for a look at the STS Leeuwin II.

DAY 3 | Afternoon

Explore the waterfront museum that houses unique galleries and home to the winning America’s Cup yacht, Australia II, an Oberon class submarine – HMAS Ovens, Jon Sanders’ Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA’s maritime history.

*Reservations may be required at hospitality venues and entry fees apply at attractions.

Cicerello's Fish Tank
South Beach Bikes
South Beach Bikes
Leeuwin Ocean Adventure berthed in Port
Leeuwin Ocean Adventure berthed in Port
Family day out
Fishing Boat Harbour
Fishing at South Mole