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The Fremantle story magazine | Winter 2017

Kaya, Wanju. Hello, welcome... our Nyoongar greeting for this edition to celebrate NAIDOC Week with its theme this year of ‘our languages matter’. You can sign up for a Nyoongar language class as part of the Djeran seasonal program at The Meeting Place (page 12). Our Freo story writers have picked out six cosy corners and inspired winter reading to warm your insides. And no languishing over winter, the Freo Clubs story offers inspiration to seek out a local haunt for a game of darts, billiards or lawn bowls. Or maybe live music and dancing is more your thing? We’re excited to add another self–guided walking trail to the Explore Fremantle bag. It’s the ultimate vintage shopping trail to help you find an undiscovered retro gem. We recommend adding a few comforting cake stops along the way.  The Fremantle story team Look out for our printed magazine at visitor centres, cafés, galleries, cinemas, restaurants, bars, universities in Perth and Freo. 

Wildlife Zoo at the Markets

We love having West Oz Wildlife, one of Perth’s leading wildlife petting zoos, at Fremantle Markets. They provide a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with native Australian animals such as koalas, snakes & dingoes. You can usually only glimpse such animals amidst big crowds in larger reserves or zoos. Our Wildlife Zoo offers a more intimate approach, allowing both children and adults to experience these animals in a smaller and more relaxed setting. Entry by Gold Coin Donation. Don't forget your camera!

Fathers Day at The Left Bank

Spoil your Dad this Father's Day, Sunday 3rd September! As always, we'll be offering Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - so what does your Dad prefer? Bacon and Eggs with a coffee in the morning - or rather a Steak Sandwich with a pint in the afternoon. We're now taking à la carte Breakfast Bookings from 7am and Lunch Bookings can be made for 12.30pm. To view our à la carte Menus, click here. To book a table, please call (08) 9319 1315 or email functions@leftbank.com.au

South Fremantle SHS 50th Anniversary Open Day

South Fremantle SHS invites all past and present staff, students and families to reunite with classmates and colleagues and celebrate their 50th anniversary at a free community event on Saturday 9 September 2017. The event will feature historical displays, live music all day, kids activities, delicious food and drink offerings for sale and cutting of an official birthday cake, all within the grounds of the school. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the past and farewell the school in its final year. The school is also seeking historical memorabilia items (old uniforms, books, photos, artwork etc) to display on the day. If you have any items to lend or donate please contact the school on southfremantle.shs@education.wa.edu.au

Maria SS del TIndarri festival and procession

On Sunday 10 September 2017, the association of Maria Santissima del Tindari, will be celebrating the annual religious festival and procession in Fremantle. Many people are expected to take part in the procession and festivities through the streets of Fremantle in a colourful display of faith and devotion towards the Black Madonna. Festivities will begin with Solemn Tridum in the Basilica Saint Patrick on Thursday 7 September to Saturday 9 September at 7.30 pm. On Sunday 10 September, at 9.45 am there will be a Concelebrated Solemn Mass. The procession will leave the Basilica on Sunday 10 September at 2 pm. The statue of our Black Lady will be carried through the streets of Fremantle to the Esplanade, where there will be a brief pause for daytime fireworks display. At the conclusion of the fireworks, the procession will return to the Basilica for Benediction. According to popular legend, which has been passed through the ages, the Black Madonna arrived in the small Sicilian town of Tindari through miraculous circumstances, after a merchant ship sailing from the east sought shelter in the bay of Tindari because of a storm. When the storm had finished, the small ship could not set sail again towards its destination, until the crew left behind a chest containing the statue of the Black Madonna which the locals housed in a small temple. The year was 726 AD. But it was the devotion and determination of the association’s President–Andrea Pellegrino and above all, the faith of our community in Fremantle that another statue of the Black Madonna was commissioned and produced in Fremantle in 1996, exactly 1270 years later. The statue of Our Lady was placed in the Basilica Saint Patrick, and religious celebrations have been held every year during the second week in September, culminating with the Solemn Mass and procession.

Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition

The travelling exhibition - ‘Let Me Be Myself, the Life Story of Anne Frank’ was compiled in Amsterdam, and tells the personal story of Anne Frank in the historical context of her time. The exhibition also specifically highlights the relevance of her story in contemporary society, particularly in relation to prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion. The exhibition is supported by a 25 minute video, displays including a booklet about the rise of the Nazism, a yellow six-pointed star which Jewish people were forced to wear, model of the Frank family’s hiding place and a replica of the original hand-written diary Anne received on her 13th birthday. Photo credit – Collection of Anne Frank Stiching

Fremantle Prison Tunnels Tour School Holiday Special

Are your children aged over 12 and looking for an adventure during the school holidays? Why not visit Fremantle Prison for a Tunnels Tour. Participants will be provided with a hardhat, overalls and boots before charging their headlamps and locking into the ladder system for a 20 metre descent into the depths below. They will trek through sections of the labyrinth of tunnels on foot, board a replica convict punt to explore the submerged passageways accessible only by boat and discover original blast holes, bores, oil lamp recesses and artefacts from the days when working in the tunnels was hard labour for…

Fremantle Festival 2017

Fremantle Festival is a 10-day celebration of visual art, music, comedy, fashion and more with over 60 high quality and inspiring events presented in exciting venues across our unique port city.

Yoga at South Beach

Join us for yoga at the beautiful South Beach, Fremantle. Beach Yoga classes are a moving meditation in the sun, flowing with the breath and taking the time to relax and experience each posture. Suitable for all levels, including beginner students. Start your weekend enjoying your yoga practice in nature at the beautiful South Beach! Classes are located at Ocean Road, South Fremantle, just north of the South Beach Cafe.   7am to 8am Saturday throughout summer

Serbian Film Festival

With an ever growing number of attendees, the Serbian Film Festival is a major Serbian annual event, which continues, to attract more lovers of cinema. The festival will present a dynamic selection of Serbian feature films. Since 2001, the festival has showcased a selection of the latest sophisticated and vibrant films from Serbia, inviting Australian audiences to embark on a fantastic voyage of discovery. It is our joy to welcome new visitors and we wish you all a very happy Festival!

Christmas Day Buffet Dining

Spend Christmas Day 2017 in Fremantle enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast, lunch or dinner with family and friends. The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle and Atrium Garden Restaurant’s famous Christmas dining options are not to be missed with delicious food, drinks, kid’s entertainment and a very special visit by Santa himself. The atmosphere will be festive and our staff can’t wait to celebrate with you, so book now! Our Executive Chef has created an all-you-can-eat Christmas Day feast for you to enjoy in Fremantle this year. The delicious RISE buffet breakfast includes all your hot buffet favourites like bacon, hash browns and…

Duyfken Replica Ship

Take a step back in time aboard this amazing replica of a 16th century Dutch sailing ship.  Embark on an audio guided or self-guided tour of this unique ship and discover the Dutch maritime story that saw the first Europeans make land fall on the shores of Australia in 1606.  

Free-wheeling Fremantle | Fremantle Visitor Centre

Free-wheeling Fremantle is a free bike hire service suitable for adults and children that operates from the Fremantle Visitor Centre in Kings Square. Bikes can be used anywhere in the Fremantle area allowing riders to explore the city at their own leisurely pace. Fremantle is an easy city to explore by bike. Dedicated bicycle lanes throughout the city and shared cycle paths running north, south and along the Swan River make it easy for cyclists to move around. Although Fremantle is built on a series of hills, the most interesting parts of the city and the popular things to do are…

Fremantle CAT Bus

The Fremantle CAT (Central Area Transit) is a free bus service that operates around the Fremantle central business district. The blue CAT services depart every 10 minutes and the red CAT services depart every 15 minutes. Both services run seven days a week, including public holidays except Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The service operates during these times: Monday to Thursday 7.30 am to 6.30 pm Friday 7.30 am to 8.00 pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10.00 am to 6.30 pm. The Fremantle CAT buses are easily accessible with kneeling actions – a driver activated entry ramp…

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Family friendly

There are plenty of family friendly events throughout the year to keep the kids amused especially during one of the Fremantle festivals. Sunday Music at the Fremantle Arts Centre during summer is a popular way to spend a chilled Sunday afternoon with family and friends. Enjoy one of the simple Freo family rituals, fish and chips or an icecream at Fishing Boat Harbour or stop by the Esplanade Youth Plaza and be inspired by some very talented skateboarders demonstrating their skill.