Al fresco dining is a hallmark of Fremantle and the Cappuccino Strip is legendary for its many outdoor cafes and restaurants. The section of South Terrace from the corner of Bannister Street to Parry Street is renowned as the 'Cappuccino Strip' for the many café's and resident barista's that prepare an almost unending variety of coffee's. The strip is also home to excellent restaurants, pubs and breweries including the famous Sail and Anchor and the award winning The Monk Brewery and Kitchen. At night and especially on the weekends, the Cappuccino Strip is the centre of Fremantle's entertainment precinct with hotels and clubs offering cabaret, open mic nights and live music until the early hours. If you have the energy, by the time you leave the clubs, the cafés will be open for a morning coffee. Nearby are the lively and historic Fremantle Markets featuring more than 150 stalls offering fresh produce, tasty local treats, jewellery, souvenirs, fashion and home wares. Many of Fremantle's famous street performers have started their careers outside the markets at the Henderson Street pitch, including renowned musician John Butler and The Bad Piper, earning their living form their 'hat'. The Cappuccino Strip is a 5 minute walk from Fremantle Train station or stop number 2 on the free Blue Central Area Transit (CAT) bus.
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This trail offers you a diverse mix of what near and dear to this City’s heart, our arts scene. Commence at Australia’s flagship puppet theatre and meander through contemporary and indigenous galleries, explore our Writer Walk, see artists at work, enjoy public artworks, view artisan wares before jumping on the Cat Bus to end your journey within the beautiful grounds of the Fremantle Arts Centre. To visit Fremantle and miss this trail would be to miss something fundamental to this City’s identity. Length: 3.79km Time: 47 mmins
There's plenty to see and do in Fremantle and the Discovery Trail takes in iconic tourist attractions such as Fremantle Markets, the Cappuccino Strip, Fremantle Prison, the Maritime Museum as well as precincts and parks such as the west end and Esplanade Reserve. Length: 6.88km Time: 1.43 hrs
In 2016, the Fremantle Festival will continue its evolution to become a fully curated arts festival highlighting Fremantle’s vibrant culture and providing inspiration for festival goers and artists alike. Centred around the festival hub at the Fremantle Town Hall and incorporating selected key venues such as the Fremantle Arts Centre, the ten-day festival presents a range of high quality and thought provoking ticketed and free shows. Festival favourites Wardarnji aboriginal cultural celebration, Children's Fiesta and the Street Parade will all be making a comeback alongside highlights of this year's program including speakers Waleed Aly, Clementine Ford and Stan Grant, music from Bernard Fanning, CW Stoneking and The Drones, a boundary pushing classical music program, a range of original theatre productions and much, much more! Tickets on sale now. Lotterywest has proudly supported Fremantle Festival for almost 20 years. It’s a great example of how money raised from the sale of Lotterywest games goes back to the community through grants to improve the lives of people throughout Western Australia.
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!
Instead of racing round supermarkets and giant shopping malls, bring the family and spend a lazy morning in the shade under the trees and enjoy some live music, hot food, fair-trade coffee, fresh juices and do the weekly grocery shop, why not? Growers' Green Farmers' Market is held every Sunday morning from 8 - 12 on the lawns at the front of South Fremantle Senior High School, Lefroy Road in Beaconsfield.
At nine metres high, 19 metres long and tipping the scales at 66 tonnes, Rainbow is not your average public art piece. The sculpture, by prominent Perth artist Marcus Canning, is constructed from nine recycled sea containers joined to form an arch. Colourful and creative, the sea containers form the shape of a giant rainbow as a universal symbol of hope and inspiration as well as being a highly visible Fremantle welcome statement. The largest public art piece ever commissioned by the City of Fremantle, the $145,000 Rainbow is the jewel in the crown of more than 50 public art pieces throughout Fremantle, a city with a rich arts culture and well-known as a city for artists. In a complex engineering feat, the massive artwork was pieced together by cranes one container at a time on-site in Fremantle on Friday 12 August. Read more on the Fremantle story blog. See it for yourself at Beach Reserve adjacent to Canning Highway, overlooking the Swan River and the port! There’s plenty of parking at East Street Jetty. Rainbow... in the words of the artist “Rainbow is a new iconic entry statement for the portside City of Fremantle - visible from a range of major entry arteries - from the water, from the air, from rail as well as car. Its presence is as architectural as it is sculptural, awe inspiring for the pedestrian to engage with, a beacon of welcome that is instantly recognisable from afar.” Marcus Canning Music by Fait “Slow Glow”
Fremantle has long been a cultural melting pot for the arts. This trail explores the street art in our city, the artistic careers that were born here and the international artists that have contributed to our collection. Length: 6.15 km Time: 1.25 hrs
The spring edition marks our fourth edition and the start of sunny days and warmer weather. It also brings the start of the festival season in Fremantle. We’ve featured just a few festivals and events coming up over the next few months in our pull out event calendar (make sure you pop it on your fridge!). Fremantle Festival returns in October with a stellar line up of concerts and performances centred around a festival hub at Fremantle Town Hall. In the first of a four part series we are proud to share stories from the traditional owners of Fremantle or Walyalup as it is known to traditional owners, the Whadjuk Nyoongar people. Pull up a chair, grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy your spring read. The Fremantle story team The Fremantle story magazine is currently available at Fremantle Visitor Centre, cafés, cinemas, restaurants, hotels, universities and colleges in Fremantle and wider Perth metropolitan area.
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. Frank'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. Madam 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. The 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.