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Wed, 07/14/2021 - 06:25
gold coloured image of map of fremantle pointing to downtown

Heritage shopfronts with upstairs offices, warehouses overlooking narrow streets, churches and Victorian sporting pavilions are a reminder of the city’s strategic importance during the 19th century gold rush. THIS IS FREMANTLE'S DOWNTOWN. 

The downtown area borders Market Street and the West End heritage precinct, Walyalup Koort, Esplanade Reserve and Fishing Boat Harbour and the southern neighbourhoods including Wray Avenue and South Fremantle.

Visitors, workers, university students and locals arrive into the centre through the beautiful federation classic style arches of Fremantle Bus and Train Station, which opened in 1881, and sits between the Waterfront and the town.

Insiders tip

The first game of badminton ever played in Australia was held in Fremantle at the Artillery Drill Hall, now Freo.Social. You can still see the court markings in the main hall. 

Fremantle Prison, one of eleven historic sites that together form the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property sits upon the hill overlooking the town.

Stop a local to hear the story of how JohnButler got his start on an international music career right outside Fremantle Markets. The markets are one of only two surviving municipal market buildings in WA and one of the few in Australia that continues to be used for its original purpose.

Fremantle was the first place in Western Australia to bring alfresco dining into the heart of town at Old Papa’s (now Grill’d) on South Terrace now known internationally as the Cappuccino Strip. The original owner, Nunzio Gumina, runs Nunzio’s on Essex Street.

Fremantle’s reputation for its boutique independent high street shops continues through Downtown. Stores along Market Street, High Street Mall, South Terrace (including South Terrace Piazza) are home to stunning niche store treasures.

Getting here 

Fremantle Bus & Train Station sits at the entrance to the West End heritage precinct and the Downtown area.

Mr Chapple at The Old Synagogue
Mr Chapple at The Old Synagogue
Fremantle Bus and Train station
Fremantle Markets
Fremantle Markets
Fremantle Oval
Fremantle Oval
Fremantle Prison captured by Jessica Wyld
Fremantle Prison captured by Jessica Wyld



1991 Skateshop

Australian Lifestyle Store

Ball & Chain

Small bar

Bar Orient


Small bar


Live music venue

Blue Budha

Jewellery & accessories

Bob's Shoe Store

Cibo Home


Creations Jewellery & Designers

Jewellery & accessories

Darling Darling


Elizabeth's Bookshop

Emily Taylor


Endota Spa

Escape Hunt

Walking tour

Federal Hotel

Fremantle Candy Store

Fremantle Food Tours

Eat & Drink tour

Fremantle Markets

Fremantle Opals

Jewellery & accessories

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Theatre Company


Small bar

Gino's Cafe

Gypsy Tapas House

Live music venue

Halka B. Organics

Hype DC


Junction Records Fremantle

Kahuna Brewing Co



Lions and Tigers

Love & Thanks - Macrame & Bohemian Jewellery

Lucky Elephant - Fremantle Markets

Luna On SX

Metropolis Fremantle

Live music venue



Nieuw Ruin

Small bar

Norfolk Hotel

Small bar



Oakberry Acai Bowls

Oz Australia

Paul Carroll Shoes

Raw Raw Raw

Sail & Anchor

South Beach Boardies

Womens fashion

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

The Aardvark

Small bar

The Market Bar

The Newport Hotel

The Old Synagogue

The Pickled Fairy and Other Myths



Two Feet and a Heartbeat

Warrens Menswear

Wear And Wares

Womens fashion



Whisper Wine Bar

Yarns on Collie

Zero Store