Located in Western Australia, the port town of Fremantle is often confused with being part of neighbouring Perth, but is a city in its own right with a unique vibe. First inhabited by working class and hippy residents a few decades back, the town has retained a laid back and down to earth charm unlike anywhere else in Australia.
The town is affectionately known as ‘Freo’ by natives and still attracts creatively minded people and eccentrics who encourage the thriving arts and culture scene. As well as pristine beaches to enjoy, this part of the country is known for having a great nightlife, despite being within a few miles of the centre of Perth.
A compact, fuel efficient economy car is perfect for Fremantle where you will encounter few difficulties whilst driving, other than negotiating the tight parking spaces in the town centre.
Fremantle Arts Centre is a haven for residents and tourists who attend to view and share cultural ideas. Modern exhibitions from around the globe are displayed, as well as creative workshops and a diverse music programme.
Fremantle Prison is the only World Heritage-listed building in Western Australia and is a hugely-popular attraction. Built by convicts in the 1850s, it is now a museum offering insight into local history. Tours on boat and foot are available and for the less faint-hearted, an evening torchlight tour.
South Beach is considered the best beach in the area, with white sands and a pleasant lawn area for BBQs and a children’s playground. The beach rarely gets congested and is lined with a handful of café’s and bars to enjoy a drink or two in the shade.
Ipho Vietnamese Restaurant is considered the best of its kind in Freo, serving authentic food at a great price in an unassuming setting. For a gourmet American hotdog experience, check out Run Amuk. They serve a refreshingly different menu in quirky surroundings, keeping locals coming back.
Free parking is rare in Fremantle, but there are plenty of well policed parking meters all over the city centre.
The Stirling, Canning and Leach highways all connect Fremantle to nearby Perth should you wish to pay a visit.
The area around the port tends to be where a lot of road traffic goes. Take care when driving near that part of Fremantle.
Jandakot Airport services Fremantle, and has been doing so since 1963. It is also one of the largest aviation training bases in Australia. It is located around five miles east southeast of the centre of Fremantle.
Driving from the airport to Fremantle will take approximately 20 minutes via the Leach Highway going east and the Kwinana Freeway going south. The Roe Highway goes east towards the airport.