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Bathers Beach Fremantle

One of Fremantle's greatest attractions is its coastline of pristine beaches on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Bathers Beach is perfect for swimming, relaxing, kite surfing, paddling and other leisure activities. There is a wide range of facilities that can be accessed year round, and are utilised by locals and tourists alike. Bathers Beach is a popular beach inner city beach, located between Fishing Boat Harbour and the Round House, is the perfect place to relax and swim. Enjoy fish and chips and watch the sunset.

Best kids’ eats in Freo

It’s the school holidays, you need to get out of the house, the kids want 'fast food' and you are beyond thinking about other options to appeal to fussy eaters, that’s cheap, easy and kid friendly. We’ve put together a shortlist of our top places in Fremantle.  Early start options for breaky or brunch, South Beach Café is a top pick with families. Rolling lawns, a full size basketball court and playground keep kids of all ages happy while you watch on sipping your latte in the sunshine. Family favourites for lunch or dinner; you can’t go past authentic Italian home style meals and the Capri, Roma Cucina and Parlapa welcome the whole family. Parlapa’s light and fluffy gnocci is just to die for! Pick up all the yummy picnic bits you need from Manna Wholefoods, Abhi’s or Kakulas Sister for an outdoor lunch and some fresh air at one of Fremantle’s parks (head over to our parks pages for inspiration). There are generations of families with fond memories of trips to Fremantle with lunch at Fishing Boat Harbour or Culley’s Tearooms. A complete refurb has retained the 100 years of tradition in homemade pies, sausage rolls, cakes and the best milkshakes! There’s something on the menu for everyone at Old Shanghai food court in the Henderson Street Mall (Wed-Sun). It’s cheap and cheerful and on a nice day there’s room for the kids to be boisterous. A trip to the vegie section at Fremantle Markets (Fri-Sun) just across the lane might be a nice eye opener to the joy of fruit and vegies for kids. Relax over a glass of wine or a beer in the alfresco area at Clancy’s Fish Pub while they burn off some energy at Princess May Park. The sandpit at Little Creatures is another favourite and Moore & Moore has a gorgeous nature play area tucked away in the rear courtyard, directly behind the heavenly Paper Bird Children's Bookshop & Arts.  On a budget? Check the school holiday pages for special offers from local businesses – Atrium Garden Restaurant at the Esplanade is offering ‘a kids on us’ special for lunch or dinner. For an afternoon treat San Churro Fremantle offers free kids churros. Kids will always have room for desert so we’ve saved the sweets til last… Let them eat cake! But make it very good cake! Using the best ingredients and made on the premises our Freo favourites include Dolce & Solato in South Fremantle – they specialise in mouthwatering Italian pastries. La Vespa Patisserie on South Terrace makes a mean chocolate croissant and Exquise Patisserie in South Terrace Piazza (opposite the Pickled Fairy & Other Myths) is a world class French patisserie right in the heart of Fremantle. Time for icecream - kids with special dietary needs can get in on the action with these sweet treats. Roho Bure in South Fremantle offers small batch vegan ice cream from scratch and Coco Whip at Fremantle Markets is 100% vegan, gluten and dairy-free and packed with probiotics making it the perfect snack or treat for both adults and kids. We all love a good old fashioned lolly shop and there’s two in Fremantle that will make your kids’ eyes boggle; Fremantle Candy Store at Fremantle Markets specialises in sweets from all over the world (Strawberry Shortcake Oreo’s are a thing!) and Sarah’s Lolly Shop in South Terrace Piazza (just next to the waffle place) stocks chocolate flavoured salt & vinegar chips (whaat!!), choc coated spearmint leaves and a great dolly mix.  Find more yummy ideas on the eat & drink pages. You can stay longer in Fremantle with your second hour free parking at Parry Street, Point Street and the new Cappuccino Strip Car Park.

Bill Campbell Books

Past and present, it is all the same, books are necromancers, they exercise an influence more varied, more lasting, than any magic known to man (Holbrook Jackson) Predominately a second hand bookshop, we also sell collectable and rarer books. We cover most catagories, but with a particular emphasis on art books, military history, gardening, philosophy, maritime, penguins, Australian and Indigenous history, popular novels , and a good selection of children's books. Gift vouchers are available. We are always looking to buy books, if they are in good condition, and we think we can sell them. Single items or larger quantites.…

Birdwatching around Fremantle

Nestled between the Swan River and Indian Ocean, Fremantle provides a number of excellent birdwatching opportunities in some of the most picturesque locations of the metropolitan area. In the coastline areas coastal species such as Crested Tern can easily be encountered, whilst North Mole offers one of the best locations in the metropolitan area to look for pelagic sea bird species such as shearwaters.  The adjoining coastal heath contains species such as White-browed Scrubwren and White-cheeked Honeyeaterand remnant areas of woodland provide habitat for typical bush bird species of the Swan Coastal Plain. A number of birdwatching locations also have…

Captain Cook Cruises WA

Captain Cook Cruises is Perth's premier cruise company, offering it's guests a chance to experience Perth and Fremantle from a completely unique perspective, with picturesque cruises along the beautiful Swan River.Cruises depart from Fremantle at Victoria Quay (B Shed) every day at 11.15 am, 12.45 pm & 3.45 pm, arriving in Perth's CBD at the magnificant Elizabeth Quay (Barrack St Jetty). Unlimited tea and coffee is available to you as your Captain points out all the sights including some of the magnificent homes overlooking the river, the Royal Perth Yacht Club, Kings Park and much more. You may even be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins along the way!…

Circus WA

Come down to the Big Top at 92 Adelaide Street and discover the thrill and joy of Circus! And get fit! Take on the challenge of walking the tight-wire, mastering juggling, diablo or devil-sticks, hanging from the trapeze or ascending the silks. Whether you are 2 or 82, CircusWA has something for you - Term classes, workshops for schools, community groups and businesses, Circus birthday parties and Tiny Tumblers for 2-4 year olds. Book a trial class or visit our website www.circuswa.com for more information.    

Common Ground Collective

Common Ground Collective stocks WA local labels in their 'mini market' shop on High Street. Over 70 designers rent space to showcase their products including fashion, homewares, jewellery and accessories for both men and women. It is here where the labels can call home.  

Creative Kids Art Club

Creative Kids Art Club runs art and craft activities for 4 to 14 yr olds. Our classes are run by experienced art teachers, for 8 weeks during the school term, with all materials provided. We cover a range of new projects every term including activities from: painting on canvas, mask making, drawing, decoupage, sewing, sculpture, clay work, papier mache, print making and more. Our classes are suitable for new and continuing students. We also run a holiday workshop program and art birthday parties.

E Shed Markets

Located in a magnificent historical warehouse building on Victoria Quay, right in the centre of the Fremantle Port, E Shed Markets is a stone's throw from the Fremantle Train Station and right next door to the Fremantle Maritime Museum and the Rottnest Ferry Terminals. With a massive licensed alfresco terrace looking over Fremantle's picturesque working harbour, E-Shed Markets is the only waterfront market in Western Australia. From here you can watch the boats and ships pass by whilst enjoying your meal either outdoors or indoors.   Fremantle's E-Shed Markets attracts thousands of locals and visitors. They come for the international…

Escape Hunt Perth

The Escape Hunt experience is an activity that is sweeping the world. You are locked in a room that witnessed a crime over 100 yrs ago in old Fremantle. Your challenge is to find the clues and solve the puzzles, that will lead you to the villain. A game that will challenge your deductive and puzzle solving skills. Played as a team of between 2-5 players. The whole experience including photo opportunities and refreshments will take approximately 1.5 hrs

Esplanade Reserve

Esplanade Reserve is a large parkland area, identified by tall Norfolk Pines, in the centre of Fremantle between Fishing Boat Harbour, the West End precinct and the Cappuccino Strip. You’ll also find Esplanade Youth Plaza, the Carriage Café, Tourist Wheel Fremantle, a playground area with swings and a large climbing frame. The parkland is a popular place for families and visitors to relax in the sunshine, enjoy a picnic or take the kids to the playground. It’s been a place for community events, festivals, concerts and families since the early twentieth century when the land was reclaimed from the sea.…

Esplanade Youth Plaza

The award winning Esplanade Youth Plaza is located in the heart of Fremantle on the  south eastern corner of Fremantle's Esplanade Reserve. This facility is an iconic world class $1.6M plaza and has one of the most impressive skateboarding areas ever seen in Perth. Featuring an extensive street section that caters for all ages as well as a central focal marine buoy in the middle of the bowl section. The plaza also caters for a variety of other interests such as ping pong, rock climbing, slacklining and parkour. Workshops are run regularly for skateboarding and parkour during the school holidays.…

Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival 2018

Music lovers are in for a veritable feast throughout the ten days of the Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival. International acts and local artists will converge on our port city in a program put together by Fremantle’s own music legend, the double Grammy award-winning Lucky Oceans, and fellow musician Donough O’Donovan. Headliners Martin Hayes and Declan O’Rourke both accepted invitations to perform because of the historical importance of the event - celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, carrying 62 Irish Fenians. Internationally renowned Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, one of the finest guitarists in traditional Irish music, are considered one of Irish music's most acclaimed duos of all time. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes fittingly open the Festival at the John Curtin Auditorium on Friday 5 January. It’s a rare opportunity to hear traditional Irish music performed by masters of the genre. Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha Mazella returns home to support Hayes and Cahill in concert. Irish folk sensation Declan O’Rourke, will play songs from across his career in his two concert performances, including a selection from his latest album, ‘Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine’. He will pen a song in commemoration of the of the arrival of the military Fenians in 1868. There are plenty of quotes about Martin and Dennis for example:  "Martin Hayes is one of the best fiddlers on the planet. Dennis Cahill is a subtle guitar master. Put aside your notion of Irish music...and just listen." NPR. Declan is supported in his concert at the WA maritime Museum on 11 January by Fiona Rea whose songs are influenced by her Irish heritage and a lifelong love of music and its power to reach people. Rob Zielinski, supports Declan on 13 January at the John Curtin College of the Arts Theatre. Rob is a Perth based traditional Irish musician who will feature some lively jigs, reels, hornpipes, strathspeys and haunting slow airs. Singer Aminah Hughes returns home from Ireland to share with us a collection of enchanting songs, both new and old, written during her time there along with some of her favourite songs from the Emerald Isle.  Award winning poet and storyteller Jaya Penelope- a descendant of Fenian, James Kearney, transported to Fremantle in 1867 on board the Hougoumont joins Aminah in performance on 7 January at Kidogo Arthouse. The next day ‘The Last Convict Ship’, a selection of stories and songs by one of Perth’s leading experts on Australian Fenian history, renowned Irish musician Brendan Woods will be performed at the Hougoumont Hotel in Bannister Street. The Lucky Oceans and his Gaelic Gumbo Band will explore new creations mixing Irish and Louisiana sounds. Be the first to hear the world premiere of a band and repertoire made exclusively for the festival at Kidogo Arthouse on 12 January. Kidogo’s Kelp Bar will be running throughout the festival and will be home to spontaneous musical performances featuring Festival acts and local musicians. The closing event and street party ‘The Feast of The Wild Goose’ features entertainment by the Freo’s own Rogues, playing their very own brand of Pogues magic to celebrate the end of an incredible ten days of Irish music. Festival Program www.feniansfestival.com.au  

Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival

 As you wander through Fremantle in early January, make sure you listen carefully. You’ll hear the sweet sounds of one of Ireland’s greatest fiddlers, Martin Hayes and the echo back from his musical confidante, American guitarist Dennis Cahill as they capture the essence of traditional Irish music in a contemporary rhythm to uplift your spirits. Focus again and you’ll pick up the enchanting, rich melodious voice of gifted, Irish singer and songwriter Declan O’Rourke. If you know something about the hidden treasure spots of the West End, you might uncover the textured language of one of Ireland’s best loved poets, Tony Curtis.  There’s clearly something significant happening in Fremantle, to draw such fabulous Irish talent here. Indeed, there is! It’s a ten-day Irish cultural immersion, the first of its kind, called Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival, commemorating a journey made 150 years ago by 62 Irish political prisoners – the Fenians. The Fenians were young men, between 19 and 30, who grew up in Ireland in a time of starvation, death and forced evictions - the years of the great famine. Having exhausted all attempts to gain self-government through political means, they decided to fight for independence and they staged a rising. Their plot was uncovered, they were arrested, sentenced for treason, exiled from their homeland and transported to Western Australia.  After spending months in solitary confinement, it was a bitter-sweet relief when they boarded the very last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, where they shared stories, organised concerts, wrote a newspaper called the Wild Goose, and looked out for each other. You might recognise the name Hougoumont, it’s that funky hotel in Bannister Street. There’s clearly something significant happening in Fremantle, to draw such fabulous Irish talent here. Indeed, there is! It’s a ten-day Irish cultural immersion, the first of its kind, called Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival... They also dreamed of escape. The most famous of the Fenians, John Boyle O’Reilly did escape a year later, on an American whaler. He became the editor of a Boston newspaper and together with supporters in the US and Ireland, organised a crowd funding venture to purchase a whaler, the Catalpa, and rescue his mates from the bottom of the world, out of Fremantle Prison. It’s a big story and there’s a big festival to commemorate and celebrate it. As well as the concerts, there’ll be a family day at the Maritime Museum, art exhibitions, Irish film, literature workshops, remarkable stories and of course, the Guinness …plenty of it on tap at the Festival Gardens and Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse. But you won’t be sitting still, there’s music to get your feet tapping and a traditional Irish ceili dance with an Indian Ocean sunset as the backdrop. After 10 days of celebration and commemoration, you’ll have to get in quick to book a table at the primal food extravaganza and street party, the Feast of the Wild Goose, sponsored by Fremantle BID and supported by the Hougoumont Hotel and the Bannister St traders. This 150 year old story of valuing your culture and looking after your friends is the one we still strive for here in Fremantle. Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival | 5-14 January 2018

Fishing Boat Harbour

Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour precinct is the home to Fremantle’s recreational and commercial fishing fleet and surrounded by boardwalks, café’s, restaurants. The harbour offers visitors a unique insight into the enduring commercial fishing industry that continues to operate in Fremantle and provides a colourful backdrop for an afternoon or evening stroll. Fishing Boat Harbour is a favourite destination for those wishing to sample fresh seafood delights. Options are plentiful from fine waterfront seafood dining, to casual fish and chips on the boardwalk. Craft beer lovers are in their element with the famous Little Creatures brewery located on the harbour’s edge,…

Fly by Night Musicians Club

The Fly by Night Musicians' Club is a not for profit member based community arts organisation founded in 1986 by musicians' and music lovers. 'The Fly' as it is affectionately known, is now based at the stunning Victoria Hall on High Street. The Fly is an iconic Fremantle live music venue with a rich history of musicians, actors, comedians, and even circus performers who have showcased their talent on the Fly's stage over the last 28 years with thousands of local, national and international artists performing at the club. The Fly has provided a launch pad for many local bands…

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Events and festivals

Fremantle has a legendary festival and events scene that stretches across the whole spectrum of music, arts, heritage, food and entertainment from the fantastic Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival and the biennial Sculptures @ Bathers. Plan your next visit to Fremantle by checking out what’s on in Freo today. And don’t forget to look at our eat and drink listings to find a great spot for dinner or a drink when you’re here.