Skip to main content

Families and kids

29 June 2021

Fremantle is the ultimate family-friendly destination. Whether you visit for the day or make a weekend of it, there’ll be no cries of 'I’m bored!' or 'What can we do?' when you’re in the port city.

If the sun’s shining, catch some rays at Fremantle’s numerous parks and playgrounds, the Esplanade Youth Plaza, one of the gorgeous beaches, or take in some wildlife watching. Anytime is a good time to check out the markets, museums, live entertainment, and spooky heritage buildings. With fascinating history, plenty of kid-friendly eats and loads of free attractions, the brood will be itching to explore!

Exploring

Do time at Western Australia’s only UNESCO World Heritage listed building, the Fremantle Prison. Book a tour and be entertained with fascinating tales of the 1850’s convict-built jail and it’s prisoners. 

A Trek Through Time is a fantastic family-friendly trail that moves between the WA Shipwrecks and Maritime Museums. The trek passes historic landmarks including the Round House, Whaler’s Tunnel and Bather’s Beach.

If your tribe likes wildlife and nature, check out Wild About Freo. Fremantle is located within the wider south-west WA global biodiversity hotspot, with 1,500 vascular plants found nowhere else! Explore the natural surroundings, seek out native flora and fauna and record your findings on the website.

Getting active

The Esplanade Reserve is the perfect place to burn off some excess energy. This family-friendly open space has plenty of grassed area set under the shade of grand Norfolk Island Pines. If the kids are keen skaters, scooters or love their bikes be sure to take them to the Esplanade Youth Plaza, Fremantle’s world-class skate park. There is a playground close by that is great for climbing too! While you’re there, take in Fremantle from a different view with a ride on the Tourist Wheel. 

There are playgrounds and parks across the city including Tuckfield Oval Playground, overlooking the Rainbow, and around the Swan River, Fremantle Harbour and South Beach.

Walking and cycling trails abound. Try the Manjaree Walking Trail to learn about the Nyoongar seasons, bush tucker, trade and other customs relevant to this area and the Whadjuk (local indigenous people). 
Bather’s or South Beach are great for sandcastles or a refreshing dip. 

Entertainment and shopping

Fremantle Markets is a must! Established as a municipal market in 1897, the market is a melting pot of colourful food, artisan wares, street performers, vintage clothing, trinkets, souvenirs and more. 

Timezone is a favourite haunt for kids (and grownups too). If you're up for a mental challenge Escape Hunt is a fun and novel way to explore Fremantle. 

See a show at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre or at the Freo Big Top (featuring Circus WA). 

Visit the charming Paper Bird Books and discover a wonderful range of books for the younger reader.

Family eats

Watch Freo come to life with an alfresco breaky on the Cappuccino Strip, the West End, or in South Fremantle. When tummies grumble for lunch, grab a bite at one of the cafes or restaurants with kid’s play areas: Moore & Moore and Little Creatures Brewery are worth a look.

A visit to Fremantle wouldn’t be complete without a serve of fish and chips at Fishing Boat Harbour. After lunch, wander the boardwalks (ice-cream cone in hand) and take in the visual feast of fishing boats and public artworks.

Fremantle is renowned for its family-friendly authentic Italian cuisine. Woodfired pizza, pasta and the ever-popular chicken parmigiana are sure to suit the younger palate. Gourmet burgers and food hall fare are also readily available.