I’ve got issues.
I’m constantly flitting around the globe, not wanting to stay in one place for too long, relishing in variety and constantly seeking change, and then I visit somewhere like Fremantle and woah, my heart is captured once more.
The latest object of my affections is beautiful Fremantle in Western Australia.
Fremantle’s a quirky town with a chilled and cultured atmosphere. It’s brimming with cool bars, quirky restaurants and gorgeous buildings and historical sites. It’s got a beach, a wonderful port and even a huge Ferris wheel. There’s so many Fremantle attractions that you’ll definitely want to stick around for a while.
Fremantle’s such a liveable place; like Byron Bay, there’s so many unique things to do and the town has such a wonderful atmosphere that it can be easy to spend week after week relishing in the place. If you’re living in Perth you’re definitely going to want to spend some time in Freo too – or if you’re on a Melbourne to Perth road trip Fremantle is a fantastic stop just south of the city. But if you’ve only got a few days in the magical town, fear not – here’s the very best Fremantle attractions to enjoy while you’re there!
Little Creatures Brewery
Because who doesn’t love local beer? Well, me before I got to Fremantle, actually. Little Creatures brews their own delicious beer which even beer-phobes will love. The setting is bright and airy and the food is absolutely delicious as well – I had maybe the best chips I ever had there. Support the locals and head down to this fantastic brewery when you’re looking for a bar in Fremantle!
Tour around the Fremantle Prison
One of the more unique things to do in Fremantle is a tour around the prison. It calls itself ‘one of Western Australia’s most cultural attractions’; it was built as convict barracks during the 1800s and stayed a prison until 1991. The prison’s walls have seen a lot of history; from hangings to floggings and becoming Perth’s main prison. There’s a lot of history about convict Australia to be explored within Fremantle prison, making it a fantastic spot for any history fans.
The Fremantle Markets are set within a rustic warehouse and offer some of the best street food in Australia as well as local food suppliers and the most random assortment of gadgets/ toys/ souvenirs. They run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. My favourite places to grab a bite to eat were the paella stand, the wrap stand and the noodles area.
Have a Cappuccino on Cappuccino Strip
Because you can’t not, can you? One of the best things to do in Fremantle is drink a cappuccino on a street named after the hot drink. (I mean, it was one of the best things for me to do in Fremantle – I’ll use any excuse to have a cappuccino). The street actually has more restaurants than cafes nowadays, but there are a few good spots worth checking out.
Moore and Moore Café
But the best café in Fremantle isn’t actually on the cappuccino strip. It’s the wonderful Moore and Moore café, who serve coffee with a smile, have a spacious and scenic courtyard and have good, fast wifi. They also serve up a variety of food for all dietary requirements and amazing cakes and sweet treats – some of which come in a vegan variety. The building is historic and there’s an art exhibition next door.
The WA Maritime Museum
This Fremantle museum demonstrates the town’s significance as a coastal city and port. It details how Fremantle used the sea to become the thriving town it is today and discusses the state’s significance to the sea. It’s also home to America’s Cup yacht, HMAS Ovens the submarine and Parry Endeavour – all momentous marine vessels from WA’s past.
Have Fish and Chips by the Harbour
Eeeek… ok, I know I’m a vegetarian and I do feel bad about this one. Confession: I did cheat on vegetarianism for one night in Fremantle and I feel very guilty about it. But the seafood in Fremantle is freshly caught and local, and is served up deliciously in the fish and chip restaurants by the harbour and I couldn’t write a best things to do in Fremantle list without including it! Even if you have more willpower than me, the chips are almost as good as those back in England (chip shop chips is our only national food, let us brag about it) and the harbour is a wonderfully scenic spot to watch over.
Walk along the Beachfront
Fremantle harbour is so wonderfully scenic and picturesque. Walking around the seafront is an beautiful Western Australian experience; and the fact half of the year the harbour is under a constant canopy of blue sky makes it one of the best things to do in Fremantle!
Visit the Roundhouse
While Perth itself isn’t a very historic city, Fremantle’s charms make up for it. The town is brimming with past stories and fascinations, and the roundhouse is just one of the places where this history can be appreciated.
It’s literally a round house and was once a prison used to keep convicts who travelled to Australia. Visitors can enjoy the history and chat to some of the knowledgeable guides who will detail the past stories of the house – and even get given a card detailing a ‘crime’ and do some time in the stocks – although notably a lot shorter than previous Fremantle inhabitants!
I had to take some stock time for ‘stealing from Perth’ – I wasn’t sure what exactly it was I stole though! And luckily my stock sentence lasted about 30 seconds – I’m not sure how people could take staying in stocks for hours or even days way back when…
Stay at the Old Fire Station
Ahhhh, the Old Fire Station… the best hostel in Fremantle – and the best I’ve ever stayed in – no doubt about it! OFS has spacious dorms, a huge living area with sofas and a TV with Netflix, free wifi, free computers, a spotless kitchen with ovens and a blender, a separate girls area and a courtyard downstairs which is the allocated area for drinks and socialising. It’s decorated immaculately and has some of the friendliest staff I’ve encountered in Australia. Apart from that friendly cleaner at the Arts Factory of course (spoiler alert: I worked in Byron Bay and I was that cleaner).
No trip to Fremantle is complete without staying at the Old Fire Station! Read my review of the best hostel in Fremantle or book it by clicking here.
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Fremantle is quirky, it’s fresh, it’s fun. It’s loved by both backpackers, older travellers and Perth locals. It’s a unique town within Australia because of its blend of historic culture, quirky society and beautiful beaches and seafront. If you’re living in Perth it’s one of the best spots to visit, live in and love.