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Victoria Quay

Visit Victoria Quay to experience Fremantle's historical port side waterfront with a backdrop to Western Australia's biggest and busiest working port. The iconic Western Australian Maritime Museum, Leeuwin Ocean Adventures, the Welcome Walls, Fremantle Passenger Terminal, B Shed and a collection of unique markets, cafes and bars are all on Victoria Quay which is only a stone throw away from Fremantle's CBD and train station. Victoria Quay is an ideal spot to escape the bustle of Fremantle's centre and soak up some cool ocean air. The Rottnest Ferry and Captain Cook Cruises leave regularly from Victoria Quay in front of the B Shed.  The Maritime Museum houses several unique galleries that explore WA's relationship with the sea and home to the winning America's Cup yacht, Australia II, an Oberon class submarine — HMAS Ovens, Jon Sanders' Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history. Get a taste of what it is like to be on board a barquentine tall ship, the STS Leeuwin II - a truly unique and memorable experience. The STS Leeuwin II offers a 3-hour coastal sail open to the public, which operate from late October until late April. Or you can simply stroll along the quay, enjoying the movement of the port, watch the sunset and see what the local fishermen are catching on the day. You might even spot a pod of dolphins. Fremantle red CAT bus, stop 1.

WA Maritime Museum

Located on Victoria Quay, Fremantle, perched overlooking the Indian Ocean and Fremantle Harbour, the WA Maritime Museum displays some of Western Australia's most unique maritime pieces. Collected over many years the wide range of exhibits include the winning Americas Cup Yacht (Australia II), an Oberon class submarine - HMAS Ovens, the Welcome Walls, Jon Sanders' Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history. The WA Maritime Museum also hosts many exhibitions in their unique galleries throughout the year and is the perfect place to explore and learn about the history of the WA coastline. Also worth a visit and part of the WA Museum is the Shipwreck Gallery on Marine Terrace The WA Maritime Museum is educational and great fun for the whole family, young and old. It's must do on the list of things to do in Fremantle. Check the website for school holiday activities and things to do with kids. The museum is a short walk from Fremantle Train Station and Bus Port or jump on the free central area transit bus (red CAT) and get off right outside the steps of the museum.

WA Shipwrecks Museum

The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. The Museum is housed in 1850s-era Commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA's treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh plate, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.

Westcoast Jet

Westcoast Jet's 850hp Open Ocean Jet Boat "Okiedokie" has been around now since 1999 thrilling (and wetting) 10's of thousands of locals and tourists from all over the world. We get the big thumbs up from overseas visitors who most say, "the best boat ride they've been on". With a 100%, yes folks, that's a 100% safety record over the last 15 years of operating Open Ocean Jet Boat Tours, we'll take care of you! Our skippers are highly trained and experienced in operating 12 metre Jet Boats on the Fremantle waters, which can be pretty tricky when the Freo Doctor comes in, but that's the way we like it.The "Ocean Encounter" begins straight away after a comprehensive and relaxing safety demo. We power up, pedal to the metal, flick on some choice tunes (loud) and off we go on an unforgettable, awesome, wet, wild and fun Boat Ride with a difference. With a generous mix of funky fishtails, serious slide-outs, peachy power stops, wicked wake surfing and super 270deg spins (sea conditions permitting), you can't go past this blast!

What lies behind

Pop quiz question: Where can you get a black pearl, a nose ring, a Nepalese tunic, a kebab, some collectable vinyl, some artwork from a pop-up gallery, painted nails and a Thai massage, all within paces of an easy park? Hard-core fossickers will tell you that rewards like this abound in the warren-like malls and arcades of Fremantle. No chain store ennui here. Some fiercely individual businesses – many of them operating for more than a decade – have made their homes in the eclectic patch around Paddy Troy Mall and Fremantle Malls (the alley off William Street near Kings Square). Emporium-styleJoynt Venture has moved premises a few times (from the Freo markets to a bolt hole in the piazza to the roomy premises it now occupies) keeping loyal customers on their toes. But they’re happily tucked away off Paddy Troy Mall and, after 40 years of trade, they’re the go-to place for everything from heavy metal and punk tees to hair colour, sunglasses, body jewellery, posters and coloured contact lenses. Street smartDuring the week there’s easy parking around Paddy Troy mall, and the vibe is relaxed; fine conditions for investigating the offerings at Wear 2, the business whose urban gear has been bridging the vintage, surf and skate cultures for seven years. Think tees, footwear, and hats, with clearance items sourced from the US and elsewhere. Bike bitsCaptain Walkers Cycles is a tucked away cyclists Mecca; a destination store with a loyal following, this one for lovers of hip bikes (plus parts and personable service) without the intimidating attitude. Hard-core fossickers will tell you that rewards like this abound in the warren-like malls and arcades of Fremantle. No chain store ennui here.  BlingAround the corner on William Street, Fremantle Opals’ slick display and service shows why it’s won the Fremantle Chamber’s Retail Excellence Award for two years running. They’ve got jewel-coloured opals from around Australia and pearls from the north, set in all imaginable ways – rings, earrings, cufflinks and pendants. Not belly bars or ear lobe rings, though. That’s more the domain of The Piercing Places across the mall. And what you can’t find in body bling here is probably not worth having. Funky threadsHarking back to the Kathmandu style first made fashionable in the 1970s? Nomad Gnome in Fremantle Malls has the solution in full technicolour. Drop-crutch pants, jackets, dresses and skirts in cheerful colours and prints are made to order in Nepal, for folks who like to dress in a way that’s not dictated by this season’s trends. Spun tunesFurther down the mall, Junction Records offers great fossicking potential, with its shop full of new and second hand vinyl, CDs and DVDs. Having been around for 20 years, they’ve witnessed the ever-evolving music scene and have lived to see the rise (again) of vinyl, and the changes in music buying habits. Specialists in classic rock and psychedelic music, they’ve got plenty for the dedicated flicker-through. RefreshmentWhen it’s time to get off the feet, Parlapa will be cooking up an authentic Italian lunch, and The Federal Hotel will be standing by to quench your thirst. And all without leaving this one compact patch of off-strip Freo.

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