Situated at the mouth of the Swan River, at the Northern end of the FUN COAST, the port city of Fremantle retains much of the character and charm of the past combined with the vibrant mix of cultures that makes up the population of this harbourside city.
Ever since Alan Bond's Australia 2 syndicate wrested the Americas Cup from the New York Yacht Club in 1983 (the Americans had previously been unbeaten for 132 years), the once sleepy port of "Freo" has been growing into a major tourism and recreation centre. In later years Jon Sanders epic three times circumnavigation of the world started and finished here. David Dicks recently became the youngest sailor to make a full circumnavigation, and of course, Fremantle was his home port.
Declared a city in 1929, Fremantle (now with a population of 25,000 people) remains a working port city with both the Fremantle Harbour and Fishermen's Harbour offering a unique range of commercial and tourism activities. Maritime and historical themes are found throughout the city and the seafood is delicious.
The people of Fremantle are a diverse and multicultural mix. The cultures, lifestyles, food and languages they brought with them to this country all contribute to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city.
Students, business people, tourists and residents mingle in the wide array of sidewalk cafes on Fremantle's famous "Cappuccino Strip".
The city abounds with galleries and other venues featuring contempory art, craft and other activities which contribute to the diverse cultural identity of Fremantle.
Fremantle provides a perfect base for a wider ranging exploration of Perth by rail, bus or car or daily business runs to the Perth CBD. There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from backpackers to 4 star hotels. A uniquely Fremantle experience is the enjoyment of village life while staying in fine heritage properties close to the city centre.
Festivals and Events:
Fremantle is a festival city so watch out for the Fremantle Festival in November, The Sardine Festival in January and the Blessing of the Fleet in October.
The West End of Fremantle has been little disturbed and is a prime example Victorian architecture in a port
city. The local community plays an important role in retaining and refurbishing these heritage buildings, many of which are classified by the National Trust.
Fremantle's name honours Sir Carles Howe Fremantle who, as the 28 year old Captain of "HMS Challenger",
took possession of the Western Coast of Australia for Britain in 1829. Settlers from Britain followed in the
"Parmelia" and established the "Swan River Colony".
Aboriginal had lived in this land for many thousands of years before these events. Much of their past and present heritage and culture is recorded in Museums in Fremantle and Perth.
Convict labour was used for many civil works in the colony, and in 1897 the first steamer entered the new
The goldrush years were responsible for quick growth in Fremantle, the influx of goods and gold seekers bringing many a new business to the port, nowadays a thriving and prosperous community.