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Official guide to Fremantle autumn school holidays

Sharpen the kids’ word sleuth skills with the #Freo_Babble hunt. All you need to do is collect the letters to reveal the mystery song title–there’s some fab prizes up for grabs including a $500 shopping spree.   After you’ve exhausted the kids there are plenty of kid friendly places to pick up lunch or a drink (the nature play area behind Moore & Moore and Paperbird Bookshop is a favourite).   Keep an eye on for new school holiday listings published daily. And don’t forget to tag @fremantlestory on Instagram–we’d love to see what you get up to.

Transportation Exhibition

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia, Fremantle Prison’s new exhibition Transportation examines the forced migration of convicts from Britain to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Transportation presents the stories of men, women and children forcibly sent to convict sites around Australia, exploring the social tragedy of the convict system as a whole as well as individual stories of personal achievement. Exhibiting convict material from the Mitchell Library (State Library of New South Wales), Western Australian Museum and the Prison’s own collection, Transportation demonstrates the impact…

Fremantle Round House - 1pm cannon firing

Discover WA’s oldest public building . Find out what the ‘curfew bell’ was used for, how many cells the Round House had in the 1800s, and maybe even get locked up in our stock and pillory! At 1pm (sharp) each day, join us as we fire the cannon and lower the time ball on the Gun Deck next to the Round House. Visitors are welcome to be our ‘Honorary Gunner’ of the day and we accept advance bookings via the Round House website to avoid disappointment - so come and celebrate an anniversary, a birthday, or 'just because'! The Round House is open…

Horrible Histories - Pirates: The Exhibition

Batten down the hatches! A gruesome band of horrible pirates will be taking over WA Maritime Museum in March 2018 when it presents this interactive, hands-on exhibition based on the bestselling Horrible Histories books: Horrible Histories – Pirates: the exhibition.Discover if you have what it takes to be a really horrible pirate. Take command of a pirate ship, design your own pirate flag and try out different weapons – from cutlasses to cannons. Along the way, you’ll discover why pirate women were just as wicked as the men and practise talking the patter of a pirate. You’ll also learn about…

Easter Sunday Family Lunch

Enjoy Easter Sunday with your family at Atrium Garden Restaurant's special Easter buffet lunch in Fremantle, Perth. From midday enjoy delicious food (view the menu here) including soup, seafood, salads, 2 roasts, hot dishes and tempting desserts. We'll keep the kids entertained with face painting and an Easter Egg hunt. We're also open for our normal breakfast and dinner buffet.  Book now to avoid disappointment. 

Leeuwin Youth Explorer 1808

The Leeuwin Youth Explorer voyages are the greatest tall ship adventure for youth. This week-long voyage departs from Fremantle and arrives into Geraldton this April!  Our voyages enable you to surround yourself with active new friends, develop skills for the workplace and to test your personal limits. A day on board We run a working ship, so during the voyage you will be part of a whole heap of hands-on activities, from: - Navigating the ship and taking the helm - Setting and furling the sails - Climbing the masts and working aloft - Standing watch while sailing through the night Weather conditions, watch…

Room Escapes at Escape Hunt

Come and attempt a world famous room escapes at The Escape Hunt in Fremantle. Bring family and friends with you and see if you can escape! You'll only have an hour and you'll need a team of 2-6 people.  To receive 15% discount on booking made during the school holidays use code SH15 at checkout.

April School Holidays at Rolloways

We offer school holidays sessions, which run every day of the week from Monday to Friday. We have three sessions per day, which are 10 am to 12 pm, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm. During the week end we have on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 11 am a learn to skate lesson. Then we have our normal sessions which from 11 am to 1 pm, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm. In the evening of Friday and Saturday we have a family fun filled session…


Join in the free fun word trail that takes you all around Freo. Be in the draw to win great prizes valued at over $800 and enjoy the extra kids activities.  Download or pick up your #Freo_Babble map from any of the participating businesses listed below. Visit our businesses with a music sticker on their window to solve the mystery “song title”. You could be in the running for a $500 Shopping Spree or other great prizes. Terms & Conditions apply. Be sure to stop at Market St Piazza to enjoy playing the giant games including Babble, Jenga, Dominos, chalk and bubbles each weekday from 11am – 3pm.  Share your adventures with us on social media #Freo_Babble and #fremantlestory Participating Businesses (#Freo_Babble hunt stops) Fremantle Prison A Maize Homewares Escape Hunt The Pickled Fairy Sara's Lolly Shop The Grumpy Sailor Wear 2 Fremantle Opals Parlapa Oxfam Jacksons Drawing Supplies Fremantle Barber Co Boost Juice Spec Savers Rabblemaster Games Milk Belly Gelatissimo The Blue Budha Margaret River Hemp Co Stay Lucky Archive Home The Home Provedore Mini Marche Reeds OPSM San Churros Jim Kidds Istanbul Turkish Restaurant Gabriels Chocolate Chart & Map Shop Cos Baby Anjel MS New Edition Bookshop Paperbird Cicerellos Bathers Beach House WA Shipwrecks Museum The Round House WA Maritime Museum Any queries regarding #Freo_Babble contact Fremantle BID, 9430 6504 or

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure

Lace up your shoes and prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure! The WA Museum and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre present you the world premiere of Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock. You can expect hands-on fun as you are taken through a sensory feast of sights, sounds, tastes, and smells. Adventurers will follow a trail through public and private spaces within the Museum and be transported around the world with this unique experience. At the heart of the work is an invitation to consider how small acts of kindness can have a great impact over time…

Pirates Ahoy

Get your hands on our Wicked Weapons touch-table and explore fascinating facts with our Pirates Ahoy cart. Craft a pirate hat to take home, or show stamping good style in our Me Fierce Pirate Stamping Book and decorate it with stripes, skulls, swords and other fancy stuff. Swashbuckle your own pirate design and watch what happens on our digitally animated screen. Listen to some salty pirate stories and learn how to load a cannon to ward off pirate marauders. Pirate storytelling at 10:30am Cannon loading demonstration at 11am Activities free.  WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply

Fremantle Bacon Festival 2018

The Fremantle Bacon Festival is back for 2018 – because everything’s better with bacon! On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April 2018, dig into a celebration of everything bacon at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges. Step inside our bustling market hall to get your fill of local food stalls with special “baconated” dishes, pop up bars, live music and kids’ activities. The Fremantle Bacon Festival will welcome back Cocktail Gastronomy, 3 Little Pigs, Greenhorns Eat House, Carlton United Brewery, Coca-Cola and Southtrade. Plus we’ll welcome new vendors including Scone Crazy and more to be announced. It's also the first weekend of the school holidays and kids under 18 years old are FREE. Your little piglets will enjoy the dedicated kids zone hosted by the Freedom Fairies with activities and face painting to keep them happy. Tickets on sale now at            $10 per person (includes 1 drink token)          Under 18’s free (no drink token)          Buy online for priority entry  


More event dates

The Lost Quays Sea Shanties workshop

Learn how to make sensational sounds and nautical moves with this interactive workshop with well-known Fremantle songsters, The Lost Quays. Prepare for the calm and the storm with sea shanties and other songs of the sea. Times: 10:30am-11:15am, 11:45am-12:30pm, 1pm-1:45pm

School Holiday Learn to Sail Course

Tackers - KIDS + BOATS = FUN! Tackers is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program. All equipment provided. Kids play loads of games and go on adventures together to learn how to sail. There isn't a court, pitch or oval like other sports - instead you have a river to explore. Limited places available. 16th to 20th April @ $290 per person. Girls & Boys 7-12 yrs. 

Autumn Holiday Programs

Do you  fancy learning how to juggle, walk a tight rope, climb a silk or swing on a trapeze?  Now is your time to experience CircusWA. We have a fantastic flexible holiday program especially designed for 5-12yr olds. Choose single or multiple sessions. Come all day long or just for a session. Anything is possible at the circus! We are also running an evening program of Adult (15+) Conditioning classes. 

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School holidays

Fremantle story is the best website to find out what’s on in Fremantle during the school holidays. Whether you are looking for things to do in Freo for kids, what to do today or Fremantle attractions, Fremantle story brings together a full list of events, courses, performances and workshops including City of Fremantle events, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre shows or workshops at Esplanade Youth Plaza that will keep the kids busy during the school holidays.