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View from Dwerda Weeardinup overlooking Derbal Yaragan|Manjaree|Art class at Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre

"Fremantle is a beautiful place"

Fremantle is a special place for people all over the world but few of us understand its significance to traditional owners, the Whadjuk Nyoongar people that has sustained them for over 50 000 years.

The City of Fremantle has completed an important consultation process with traditional owners of Fremantle or Walyalup as it is known, that speaks about this significance.

The stories are told of the area known as Walyalup which means the “place of the Walyo or Woylie” or kangaroo rat. It’s a place of strong social, spiritual, cultural and historic significance to the Whadjuk Nyoongar people.

Walyalup (Fremantle)
Bidi (trails) lead people from inland camps to Walyalup where they conduct ceremonial and cultural business, hunt, camp and fish.

Manjaree (meeting place and camp) is acknowledged by the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the place where trading valuable items and families of people gather for kinship and law making; where mothers, fathers, and old people get together; and where young men and women whom have ‘come of age’ meet future husbands and wives.

One of the most important bidi (trails) was the sandbar or limestone rock bar crossing at the mouth of Derbal Yaragan (Swan River). This crossing facilitated seasonal travel based on the Nyoongar seasons and for cultural and ceremonial activities.

Walyalup was a shared space between many Nyoongar people and was an important place of trade and exchange. It was also a place where Nyoongar people held their funeral rites.

The Nyoongar people had their traditional camping grounds in and around the area including on sites known as Fremantle Park, East Fremantle Oval, Tradewinds Hotel, Fremantle Cemetery, South Beach and Coogee Beach.

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre (WACC)
The cultural centre on Captains Lane in the Bathers Beach Art Precinct showcases Aboriginal art, culture and history. It’s a place where you can connect with Whadjuk Nyoongar people and culture.

The centre runs a program of workshops to coincide with the Nyoongar seasons including language classes, movie screenings, exhibitions, bush food workshops and art classes. Check fremantlestory.com.au for the latest program and centre opening times.

Dwerda Weeardinup (Cantonment Hill)
Dwerda Weeardinup, place of the dog (dingo) spirit, provides some of the most spectacular views of Fremantle overlooking the Derbal Yaragan (Swan River) and Fremantle Harbour. It’s located on the south side of the river at the intersection of Queen Victoria Street and Canning Highway.

According to the traditional owners Dwerda Weeardinup is one of the seven hills of Walyalup (Fremantle) associated with the dreaming story about the Seven Sisters. This dreaming story is one of the widest ranging song lines in Australia that extends from the Central Desert to the West Coast of Australia.

Due to quarrying of limestone in Fremantle, Dwerda Weeardinup (and Clontarf Hill in the South) are the only two of the seven hills left, although other traditional owners say that the dreaming hills are still there and still connects people to their dreaming stories.

It is also associated with the Walyalup dreaming story about the Waugal and the Yondock. The story tells of Yondock, an ancestral crocodile that travelled down from the north, causing floods and disturbances, creating Wadjemup (Rottnest Island), Ngooloorayaup (Carnac Island), Derbal Nara (Cockburn Sound) and flooding the Derbal Yaragan (Swan River) with salt water.

The Waugal (rainbow serpent), guardian of the fresh water, smells the salt and travels down Derbal Yarragan to see what’s happening. With advice from Woorriji (a lizard) in a cave in North Fremantle and strength gained from a freshwater spring at the East Street Jetty, the Waugal fights the crocodile, bites off his tail and places the tail across the mouth of the river to prevent salt water coming up stream.

The tail is secured with hair from the armpits of the Waugal on the southern side of the river, and with toenails from the crocodile on the north side of river (the site where the Dingo Flour Mill sits). The rest of the crocodile’s body remains as Meeandip (Garden Island) and dingoes watch from Dwerda Weeardinup (Cantonment Hill) to make sure the spirit of the crocodile is not reunited with its tail.

Note: The information, stories and names in this article have been sourced from Statements of Significance for the Fremantle Area and Registered Aboriginal Sites prepared by Moodjar Consultancy for the City of Fremantle, March 2016. View the document document at fremantle.wa.gov.au/statementsofsignificance

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Make a terrific terrarium

How to make a terrarium

With the school year officially over and Christmas approaching there’s a bit more time to encourage the kids to make Christmas presents for loved ones and friends.

The gorgeous team at Inkling Art Space have an inexpensive and simple project for kids to get into the festive spirit....how to make a terrarium. Watch the video or follow the instructions below.

 

Materials
Clean glass jar
Small plants
Potting mix
Gravel
Optional extras–fly screen, shells, gems and tiny decorative objects

Instructions
1. Pour gravel into the jar up to 1.5 cm.
2. Add a piece of fly screen to stop the soil from mixing with the gravel (optional).
3. Add a layer of potting mix up to 2 cm.
4. Place plants inside the jar and check the lid will go on without crushing the plants.
5. When you are happy with how the plants look, cover the roots with soil.
6. Add some decorative shells or gravel.
7. Water the plants and screw the lid on.
Tip: You can decorate the lid of your terrarium by spray painting it or gluing cool things on.

Maintaining your terrarium
• Water lightly once a week or so (check if there is water in the gravel)
• If it is too wet, leave the lid open for a while
• Leave the lid off if you are using cacti or succulents–they do not like being too wet

PS: Inkling Arts Space are running their ‘Terrific Terrariums’ workshop on 5 January (we’d recommend booking to make sure you don’t miss out). Check the school holiday pages for details and find other summer school holiday classes and workshops in Fremantle. Download the official school holiday program here.

Ed
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A Shed Victoria Quay|Sunrise over Fremantle Harbour|East Indian Market Stall, oil on canvas, Albert Eckhout, 1640-1666|Nice catch!|WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay

Freo's Victoria Quay

There are not many places in the world where you can get up close to the action of a busy working port. At Victoria Quay in the heart of Fremantle you’ll witness the grace of giant container and cruise ships moving in and out of the harbour, you can spot dolphins, visit a world class museum or stand alongside a replica tall ship.

It’s the place where manyy locals travel ‘overseas’ for the first time, leaving the mainland for a relaxing day trip or much needed break to 'Rotto' (Rottnest Island). It's a place for magical sunsets over the Indian Ocean, fisherman try their luck and the huge giraffe like cranes create a dramatic skyline that inspires local photographers and painters alike.

Western Australian Maritime Museum
The stunningly beautiful architectural icon that is Western Australian Maritime Museum is perched almost precariously over Fremantle Harbour. The museum houses several unique galleries with a changing exhibition program and is home to the winning America's Cup yacht Australia II and an Oberon class submarine—HMAS Ovens.

Leeuwin II
A sail training tall ship, the Leeuwin II (Dutch for Lioness) is berthed just outside B Shed at Victoria Quay. The Leeuwin is a working ship that offers a learning and leadership development program for young people. With 3 masts, over 810 square metres of sail and around 55 metres in length, it makes a magnificent sight on the quay. The original Leeuwin Galleon was a Dutch ship that discovered and mapped some of the southwest corner of Australia in 1622.

E—Shed Markets
Established in the E—Shed cargo store, which has been a part of Victoria Quay for almost 100 years, the forecourt at E—Shed Markets is one of the best places on the quay to sit in the sun and look out over the inner harbour. The combination of food stalls and market stalls changes regularly. Check our listings below for our hot spot recommendations.

Bottlenose dolphins
Taking a stroll along Victoria Quay, riding the train to Perth or catching the Rottnest Ferry you’ll often spot a pod of Bottlenose dolphins in Fremantle Inner Harbour. They seem to love riding the backwash from the tug boats, ferries, container ships.

Events coming up at Victoria Quay
Fremantle Ports Maritime Day | Saturday 12 November
Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World | 31 Oct 2016–23 Apr 2017
Ovation of the Seas | 6 & 7 December 2016

 

Ed
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Cappuccino Strip, South Terrace Fremantle|Pizza Bella Roma|Bier at Zapfhall|San Churro|Horatio T Birdbath at work

Freo's Cappucino Strip – seven days a week

It’s generally agreed that the length of South Terrace from Bannister Street through to the Fremantle Markets is known as the Cappuccino Stripand just off the strip you'll find Little Market Street (soon to be known as Market Street Piazza), Fremantle Malls and South Terrace Piazza.

The home of al fresco dining in Western Australia, the strip is packed to the brim with cafés, restaurants, hotels and boutiques and whatever day of the week you visit it’s always buzzing. Here's some tips from the Fremantle story team about what's happening where:

Monday

It’s amusing to watch Freo office workers swarm to the ‘strip’ like bees to honey for their Monday morning caffeine fix. Whether it’s a ‘long black topped up’ at Dome, a ‘short black with a dash’ from Salted Board or a ‘soy decaf latte’ from Stable Hands on Bannister Street, everyone has their favourite spot to kick start the working week.

Tuesday

As the mums and bubs groups gather for morning tea at San Churro you can hear the squeals of delight as the highly anticipated churros and hot chocolates are delivered to tables. Two of the toddlers are drawn in by the sounds coming from Timezone and so desperately want to go and explore (or perhaps The Pickled Fairy is calling).

Wednesday

It may be hump day for working folk but it doesn’t make a difference what day of the week it is to the European gentlemen who gather religiously every day at Ginos. At their alfresco table (yes it’s always the same table) they sit with an espresso and chat with their buddies. We’d love to know what they talk about!

Thursday

The delicious garlic aroma wafting through the air is making it difficult for the lunch crowd at Pizza Bella Roma to decide what they are going to order, will it be pizza or the famous chilli mussels. Thursdays is Record Club tribute night at the Newport Hotel. Stop in, it’s always a blast.

Friday

The night everyone celebrates the end of the work week with a quick drink with colleagues. You’re spoilt for choice but how to agree where to start? The Sail & Anchor is always a fav. In summer the Monk is the perfect spot to have a drink and sit on the balcony in the evening light.  Upstairs at Zapfhallhas a lofty balcony view over the strip and a popular spot to enjoy a stein or two.

Saturday

Relax and dine alfresco and watch the world go by, including the classic cars cruising around Freo doing ‘bog laps’. The tables at Sandrino are heaving with family gatherings, groups of friends and couples on ‘date night’. Right next door you can sample Benny’s famous Espresso Martini (on tap!).

Sunday

Sunday mornings is often a delightful contrast between the lycra crowd and those that are starting the day in a more leisurely way. All are enjoying a coffee and a bite to eat before a browse through the Fremantle Markets or picking up the fruit and vege for the week.

Market Street Piazza (opening Friday 28 October)

Market Street Piazza is the newest urban space in Freo with funky street furniture, trees and festoon lighting draped across the street it creates a new space to relax in the heart of the Fremantle.

Enjoy a meal or a drink, watch street entertainment or follow the progress of international artist Horatio T Birdbath’s incredibly detailed mural alongside Gino’s Café & Trattoria.

Bring the family along on Friday 28 October from 6-9 pm and join in the first event to be hosted at Market Street Piazza, the launch event for Little Italy by the Sea.

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Strange Company in Nairn Street|Ootong & Lincoln on the South Freo strip|Mojo's Bar North Fremantle|East West Design (South Terrace side)|Leighton Beach

Getting frisky in Freo

From the Fremantle story team....

We love this time of year in Freo with tantalising sunny days and those big blousy clouds tootling across the sky. Spring is definitely in the air and our mates over at mix94.5 and hit92.9 are running competitions (starts Monday 19 September) to get you to share your story about when you got frisky in Freo.

We thought we’d ask around our team and share a couple of our own frisky stories...

Natalie*–roughly mid 40’s* she’s single and ready to mingle!

I’m booking into a Keturah Day Spa in Freo. We all need a bit of extra relaxation, rejuvenating and energising especially at this time of year and it’s part of my pampering routine before a night out with the girls. I’ll meet up at the Harbour Master cocktail lounge (great cocktails from 6-9 pm) then head off to Bread in Common for dinner at their shared tables–you never quite know who you’ll meet. On the way home it will be a nightcap at Strange Company before we head to the secure taxi rank to get a ride home (no fit state to be driving by then!).

Brett*–32 year old surfer, skater and all round creative type

We used to head to North Freo to see a few bands at Mojo's and hang out with muso friends on a Saturday night. Between the sets we’d manage a few games of pool and stop in to Flipside next door for a burger and fries to soak up the beer. More often than not we’d miss the last train, it was never a drama though as there was usually a house party somewhere or DJ on the beach. We’d watch the sunrise (maybe a quick dip in our jocks) and be ready to get the first train back home to catch up on sleep.

Sarah*–mum of miss 14 and master 11, both of which are into skating (when they are not online).

With my chickies nearly all grown up and about to leave the nest (it feels like) I am clutching for cool ideas to hang out with my kids. Bribes work every time! I want to get the kids out in the fresh air and sunshine so this week it was the promise of an iced chocolate and cake (Roasting Warehouse or Ootong & Lincoln seem to be the faves at the moment) only after we take the dog for a walk at South Freo dog beach. On the way we stop for a few selfies in front of the tromp l’oeil mural at East West Design and pretend we’re ‘riding the scooter’ before we head off to the youth plaza. They go straight to the bowl while I pick up another coffee and settle down in the sunshine to watch from the sidelines.

Do you have a #friskyinFreo story to share? Let us know @Fremantlestory and don’t forget to enter the competition on hit92.9 or mix94.5.
*Names and ages changed to protect identities!

Ed
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Aerial conditioning classes at Circus WA|Spanda Yoga School|Swing It Dance School

Classes to keep you warm, relaxed and social throughout winter

If you’ve always wanted to run away to the circus and unleash your inner acrobat then this one’s for you. Circus WA at Old Customs House offers aerial conditioning classes for adults. Picture yourself swinging from coils of silk, swaying on trapezes and balancing along tightropes. You’ll be looking good in that new swimsuit in summer by the end of this class.

Learn to Jitterbug! Did you know there are two swing dance schools in Fremantle? Hard to believe but it shows you that swing (also known as the Jitterbug or Lindy hop) is hitting the world by storm. We tried out the Monday evening drop in class at North Fremantle Bowling Club run by Swing It Swing Dance School. Beginners really are welcome and you don’t need to have a dance partner to join the class, just turn up and be ready to get hot, sweaty and laugh–a lot! You can also check out Perth Swing Dance Academy on Thursday nights at the Fremantle Bowling Club. 

Fremantle is a foodie haven and many cafe's and restaurants offer workshops and classes to share secrets behind their signature dishes. Check May Street Larder, The Raw Kitchen and Moore & Moore

May Street Larder

Moving to something to reenergise your spirit we headed to the Fremantle Fibonacci Centre, a cultural powerhouse in Blinco Street, to loosen-up with a Spanda Yoga class. Roll out the yoga mat, enter a series of guided asanas and feel your limbs relax and your mind unwind. Once the workout is complete, head to the Blinco Street Café located on site and receive a 10% yoga students’ discount on an invigorating smoothie or a creamy chai latte.

Blinco Street Cafe

Find details on these classes and plenty more ideas to inspire you at fremantlestory.com.au, just search workshops and classes, book in and turn up.

Ed
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Wray Ave is the perfect place to chill and watch the world go by|Who's Your Mumma|Mercer Cycles|Indi + Em|South of the Border

Wray Avenue

Take a leisurely stroll down the intimate enclave of Wray Avenue and you will feel like you have returned home. There is a strong sense of community spirit in this dynamic microcosm and before you know it you’ll be chatting to the person next to you like you’re old friends.

A subtle European flavour permeates this cosy precinct, which is evident as soon as you walk into the family-run Galati & Sons. Here, make sure to pick up some fresh, seasonal produce, peruse the shelves laden with all different types of pasta—some of which you may never have heard of—and try not to eavesdrop on the nonnas gossiping next to you in Italian. Then, wander next door to Frank’s Gourmet Meats, where the signage outside may have you temporarily overwhelmed, and step inside where personalised service of an era gone by awaits.    

SP WrayAve G0A7399Frank's Gourmet MeatsOnce your dinner needs are sorted, return to the present by popping into the eclectic Pekho: wear + wares store to browse their vast range of urban homewares and accessories. Across the road, artisan garment shop, Madam Bukeshla, sells hand-stitched, understated designs created by textile artist Trish Bygott, as well as running occasional workshops. 

SP WrayAve G0A8972Madam Bukeshla

Don’t forget to venture around the corner onto South Terrace to local boutique Staple Store to pick up some relaxed boho apparel, and, for the gentlemen, visit the quirky Diamond Aps Mens Recycling Boutique to see what oneof-a-kind gems you might uncover. Hunting for treasures may have you feeling thirsty so saunter over to Lenny the Ox, partly owned by the same outfit behind that other Fremantle institution Ootong & Lincoln, where you can linger outside with a coffee and watch the world meander on by. For a healthier alternative, The Little Concept (TLC) serves up delicious acai smoothies alongside their famous red espresso range.  

ED WrayAve G0A7393 1The Little Concept

You’ll leave with a smile on your face and already planning your next visit: it’s a happy, close-knit family here—one where everyone is welcome.

Ed
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High Street Dispensary|Bill Campbell Books|Kartique|The Record Finder|Haute on High

From Fremantle's West End with love

The western end of High Street and surrounding side streets has long been recognised for beautiful architecture and hass recently been included in the State Register of Heritage Places as a place that represents the story of Western Australian history and development.

We’re a bit in love with Fremantle’s West End.

The connection to Fremantle’s past is significant but it’s the flavour and energy of the place now that pulls you in. It’s the buzz of students from Notre Dame moving between lectures or sitting at parklets outside some of Freo’s eclectic cafés and restaurants like Chalkys Espresso and Moore and Moore Cafe.

It’s the collectives like Artisan and Common Ground Collective and shops that specialise in stunning design, jewellery, fashion, vintage records and books or the creative set operating out of studios in basements, warehouses and upper levels. They’ve all got a story to share, here’s ours X

Ed
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