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Urban adventures for salty explorers

13 October 2021

Bookend a day exploring South Fremantle with an early morning breakfast followed by sunset drinks and the catch of the day in WA’s salty port. Set your own pace walking, cycling or hopping on and off the free CAT bus.

9 AM | Breakfast

A whole day adventure starts with a big brekky. There’s plenty of top-ranking breakfast spots in Fremantle that serve enough to set you up for the day. Chalky’s at Number 1 High Street is a good place to start and a nice detour through the West
End.

11 AM | Morning

Directly below the Round House is a shared path that hugs the city from north to south past Fishing Boat Harbour, boat lifters, shipyards and Fremantle Sailing Club. Take a detour along Capo D’Orlando Drive for spectacular views back over the city.

Continuing the path south, giant Norfolk Island pines and grassy lawns signal you have arrived at South Beach. Time for a swim out to the pontoon (December to April) or spend a lazy hour or two relaxing on the grass or the beach. Keep an eye out for locals busking, playing music or practicing their zip line skills. Local white cockatoos provide free entertainment.

1 PM | Lunch

Just across the park is the start of the South Terrace strip. Madalena’s or La Cabana are the go-to for a decadent lunch and enjoying the golden afternoon light.

3 PM | Afternoon

There are a few must do’s as you make your way back to the city starting with a beer at Running with Thieves. Stop and admire the giant East West mural in a trompe-l’œil technique. The Local Hotel and Percy Flint are top spots for locals. And dotted between bakeries, patisseries and boulangeries spot beautifully restored workers cottages and pretty boutiques to browse. Keep your eyes peeled for more street art at Run Amuk, Ootong & Lincoln and Corner Store.

Follow your hop nose due south until you reach Fishing Boat Harbour. We’re heading for Little Creatures Village and the Harbourside Bar. Order a pint, pull up a stool and get ready for a sunset show like no other.

7 PM | Dinner

Capping off a stunning fresh air day, head to Kailis Fish Market Café for dinner. Fresh caught local seafood paired with a stunning Margaret River wine or Fremantle’s Running with Thieves IPA–the perfect way to end your day. 

*Free bike hire available at Fremantle Visitor Centre.

South Beach Pontoon - captured by Nick Rafferty
South Beach Pontoon - captured by Nick Rafferty
Running with Thieves
Running with Thieves, South Terrace at South Fremantle
Kailis Fishmarket Cafe
Kailis Fish Market Cafe at Fishing Boat Harbour
Chalky's under the Round House
Chalky's under the Round House
La Cabaña
La Cabaña, South Terrace at South Fremantle