The harbor city of Fremantle in Western Australia is seeing a surge in the number of local and international visitors because of its rich heritage, bustling food scene, and family-friendly attractions. The port town, which is known by locals as Freo, has something for everyone.
So whether you are looking for a unique dining experience, or simply want to enjoy a scenic view of the beach, Freo has got you covered. We’ve teamed up with some Freo locals at Be. Fremantle Serviced Apartments to give us the lowdown on the best attractions in Freo for travellers…
This hub is home to multiple restaurants, a working space, an Italian pizzeria, and a cocktail bar. It is set inside a historic warehouse that is situated beside Fremantle’s port. The warehouse has been transformed with the use of repurposed structures to make it the perfect place for the community to gather, enjoy great food, and celebrate events. Try the authentic Italian pizza from Freo Pizza Factory, or have a taste of the epic dishes from Don Tapa that combine regional inspirations with traditional flavours for the best gastronomic experience.
The Roundhouse is the oldest surviving building in Western Australia that was built as a gaol in 1831, and was used until 1886 to house locals convicted of a crime. It was later used as a Police Lock-up in the 1890s, then as a residence for the Water Police, before it was used as a storage facility for Fremantle Ports. The building was saved from a threat of demolition in the 1920s, and ownership was eventually transferred to the City of Fremantle. This engineering milestone, which has a commanding view of the Indian Ocean, has since become a leading tourist attraction that allows visitors to witness the firing of the prison’s famous cannon, explore the cells, and see the original milestone walls. Tour guides are present at the site from mid-morning to mid-afternoon to provide a history of the building.
Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is a busy working port for fishermen, which also houses world-class restaurants that serve fresh seafood, steaks, and seasonal produce. The harbour is a popular destination for locals and tourists who love the laid-back atmosphere of the hub. You will get the chance to experience everything in Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour – from outdoor activities like jet boating, to sightseeing tours of the Bon Scott Statue. There are also sailing tours and a short stay accommodation available from the harbour.
Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC)
There is sure to be a concert or event going on when you visit the Fremantle Arts Centre, which is housed in a Gothic-style building on Ord Street Fremantle. The multi-arts venue offers a cultural program of music, free exhibitions, and art courses. FAC showcases a wide range of visual art by artists practicing nationally, and globally. FAC is also an important heritage site because it served as a psychiatric hospital in 1864, before being converted into a premier arts service. Thousands of tourists flock to FAC during the summer to watch outdoor concerts where local artists and international talents perform.
This is an indoor market that has the distinctive atmosphere of more than one century of rich heritage and culture. Step into the market, and you might just hear the arrival of carts from yesteryear carrying fresh produce like meats and vegetables. The market, which has been active since 1897, is divided into two sections – The Yard where you can buy local food like vegetables and seafood, and the Historic Hall which highlights locally made merchants.
Once you are done buying indigenous products from the market, explore the Fremantle Market Heritage Trail behind it for a historical walking tour of the colonial architecture from the port city’s early years.