Fremantle’s got plenty to keep you busy this WA Day long weekend – spice up your routine with a different itinerary or see what's new in the port city, but make sure you head to Fishing Boat Harbour on Monday!
Here is your insider's guide to this long weekend in Freo.
Find new favourite spots
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited, you’ll have plenty of new spots to try. Friday DJs are back at Emily Taylor from 7pm. Gage Roads Freo delivers lunch with port ship views (and an epic kids’ playground!) or if you don’t know quite what you feel like, Sunshine Harvester offers heaps of tasty choices. Check out the Old Synagogue and admire the beautifully revitalised heritage site while people-watching from the the rooftop, or snuggle inside by the fire at Mr Chapple with a warming glass of something. Enjoy relaxed meals, drinks and vibes all long weekend at the newly re-developed 122 year Old Courthouse - plus Drag Bingo from 6 pm on Monday. Fremantle really is a foodie’s paradise.
Stay overnight to fit it all in
There's so much to explore, why not treat yourself to a long weekend in Freo? Plan a downtown weekend getaway or stay close to the harbour with AHA winners, Be. Fremantle. Whether your style is hotels, apartments and cottages or bed and breakfast, Fremantle’s got you covered for your long weekend retreat.
Celebrate WA Day at Fishing Boat Harbour
The harbour and iconic Bathers Beachers will be bursting with culture, music, colour and fun on Monday 6 June. If you’re in early, pack your esky and grab the freshest crayfish catch, straight from the back of a fishing boat, from 9.30 am.
WA Day Festival Fremantle kicks off from 11 am, promising performances and festivities celebrating our rich history and multicultural Western Australian community. Spot Bluey and Bingo and enjoy your lunch amongst roving performances. It’s a free, inclusive, family-friendly event, so get amongst it.
Jet boat, anyone? If you prefer more adrenaline rush in your WA Day, Cicerello’s Jet Adventures can pick you up straight from the harbour. Hold on tight as you blast off into the open seas and you’ll find out why this boat’s called ‘The Exhilarator’!
Shop WA local
What better time to support local WA artists, makers and retailers than the WA Day long weekend? The Artisan Store Fremantle represents over 160 local artists and makers and you can browse their wares all long weekend, including Monday from 11 am to 4.30 pm. Fremantle Markets will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 9 am to 6 pm (the Yard opens from 8 am), so you can explore their labyrinth of stalls, including local local artists. Or fall in love with your next favourite book at New Edition Bookshop - this local institution is a top outlet for Fremantle Press and it’s open for business as usual all weekend, including 9 am to 9 pm on the WA Day public holiday.
It’s not always easy to find your caffeine pick me up on a public holiday, so we’ve done the leg work for you! After all that activity, here’s a list of cafes who'll be serving up coffee and breaky on WA Day: