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14 things you might not know about Freo

Ed

There’s always something new to discover about Freo. Are you across it all?

1. At 1 pm daily, a cannon is fired at the Round House. Guides give the lowdown on why you should ‘keep your eye on the ball’. Book in advance if you want to put your hand up to fire the cannon.

2. Fremantle Arts Centre is a cool oasis all week long with its high-ceilinged galleries and garden café. On Sundays, free music happens in the courtyard between 2 and 4pm (Oct-Mar).

3. Far from the Cappuccino Strip, Kazoomies (at the E Shed) has earned its stripes as a Trip Advisor darling with its interesting Moroccan fare. A brekkie favourite.

Little Creatures rear deck has a sand pit with enough toy tip trucks to occupy dozens of kids.

4. The WA Maritime Museum has entry by donation on the second Tuesday of the month. The WA Shipwrecks Museum is just a gold coin on any given day – not bad for the foremost museum of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

5. You can paddle around in the submerged passageways underneath the Fremantle Prison. Take the Tunnels Tour!

6. Segway Tours offer a novel mode of transport and a guided tour of Freo’s points of interest, all in one. Tours depart near the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

7. You can often spy a tall ship at the port, in the form of the sail training ship Leeuwin II. Wander along from the B Shed for a gander.

8. The Fremantle Tourist Wheel has 25,000 LEDs, and spins every 8 minutes or so – until 9 pm most nights, 10 pm on Saturdays. Hitch a ride.

9. Little Creatures rear deck has a sand pit with enough toy tip trucks to occupy dozens of kids.

10. At Clancy’s Fish Pub, Farmer Damien’s animal farm is in residence on Fridays from 4 pm and Sundays from 1 pm.

11. The deckchairs on the beach at Bathers Beach House are the only licensed beach chairs in Australia. Take a seat to claim bragging rights.

12. The Esplanade has a pool bar that cranks up in summer. Secreted upstairs in lush surrounds, there’s special access for the public. It’s open Thursday to Sunday, midday to 8 pm.

13. The pretty brick work embedded in the footpaths around town – etched and painted with blue sea ‘fossils’ – isn’t just there for looks. It follows the old shore line that existed long before Esplanade Park and the railway line came into being on reclaimed land. Follow the trail along parts of Marine Terrace, Croke Street and Phillimore Street.

14. The Fremantle story website has a bunch of self-guided walking trails that help give focus to your wandering. Choose from historic, culturally significant or arty offerings.

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