Off grid - Fremantle's warehouse district

Ed

When sleuthing out the offbeat hubs of Fremantle, ask yourself this: where would the creative types be? Not the shiny places, probably. Not the gentrified bits. Set your GPS instead for the slightly grungy warehouse pocked area around Stack, Wood and Blinco Streets.

The Fibonnacci Centre (affectionately The Fib) is downwind from Monument Hill on Blinco Street. Past the new housing development, behind funky wrought iron gates, the converted warehouse is home to artists’ studios and creative events. Concerts, uke jams, yoga and exhibitions all happen here; get the lowdown while soaking up the eclectic boho vibe at Roark and Co Café upstairs.

Inspired and ready to kick start your own musical journey, wander around the corner to Penny Lanes Music Workshop where you can sign up for music lessons under the watchful eye of Richard Lane (Stems fame) and his team. The place has a friendly community feel with a constant flow of students and a must stop and peruse music shop stocking djembes, mandolin and everything in between. 

The treasure trove effect inspires at Shedwallah on Stack Street, a vast shed festooned with colourful tiles, outsized pots, textiles and homewares with an old Empire feel. Try leaving without at least one funky door knob or cow bell.

At Stackwood next door, there’s a light, minimalist aesthetic to the revamped warehouse. A constellation of creative businesses enhances the buzz brought by occasional workshops in the event space and a seasonal Made Local Market. The communal tables of Stacked Café mingle with the Stackwood shop, a garden-themed affair with lots of greenery.

Speaking of, a short stroll away, abutting the public golf course, Booyeembara Park is an unsung oasis whose landscaped walk trails and bush tracks are seldom troubled by crowds. Think of it as further reward for exploring the path less trodden, and take a load off by the lake.

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