Western Australia feels like a world away from the big cities on the eastern side of the country. Across the vast continent, travellers will find a glorious location on the edge of the world. Western Australia is home to Fremantle, just 16 kilometres outside of Perth. Fremantle is a port city known for its maritime history. Nicknamed Freo by locals, the city is a perfect blend of new and old. Freemantle’s architecture, history and art are ideal for culture vultures. Travellers seeking great nights out and must-see landmarks will also find plenty to enjoy on a trip to the Western Australia city.
How to get in and out of Freemantle
Fremantle’s close proximity to Perth makes it possible to arrive in the Western Australia capital and make the short journey to Freo. The four simplest ways to reach Fremantle are by bus, car, taxi, or train; and each option runs from Perth. Fremantle Harbour is the official port of Perth and has been a major entry point for goods and people for decades. Fremantle has a lot of charm and offers an experience like no other in Western Australia.
Perth Airport –
The nearest airport to Fremantle is Perth Airport, which welcomes international and domestic flights. International flights arrive to the city from Doha, Qatar courtesy of Qatar Airways. Domestic flights connect Perth to other major cities in Australia. International travellers can make domestic connections in Brisbane, Melbourne, or Sydney before moving on to Perth. After arriving at the airport, travellers can make the short journey to Fremantle.
Fremantle Railway Station –
Fremantle is reachable by train courtesy of the Fremantle Line. Trains arrive multiple times a day from Perth Station. The line connects numerous stops along the way and moves people in and out of Freo.
It is possible to take a coach/bus across Australia all the way to Fremantle. It is far more convenient to fly, but if you are the adventurous type, then by all means hop aboard a bus. The only problem is, most coach services do not run in the Outback. The coach will stop in Adelaide where you will take the train the rest of the way.
Car hire –
If you fancy taking a road trip across Australia, then hire a car and make the drive to Western Australia. Before you embark on the trip, ensure you have the proper supplies to drive across the Outback.
How to get around Fremantle
Fremantle is well-serviced by local transport links. Its proximity to Perth ensures that people in Freo and the surrounding areas can get back and forth with little issue. Freo is known as the “waterfront precinct” to Perth. It isn’t difficult to get around the area whether you want to remain solely in Fremantle or want to visit Perth too.
CAT Bus –
The CAT Bus is a great way to get around Freo on a budget. The CAT Bus runs every 20 minutes, seven days a week. It is free to ride and operates on a loop from South Terrace and Marine Terrace to Fremantle Station and South Beach.
Fremantle’s size makes it possible to get around very easily on bike. You can safely cycle around Fremantle throughout the day using dedicated bike lanes on the city’s streets. Fremantle Visitor Centre has bikes available to hire.
Like all other modern Australian cities, Fremantle offers rideshare options for travellers and locals. Ola, Shebah, and Uber all operate in Fremantle along with local taxi services.
What to do in Fremantle
Fremantle is filled with history. It is well-known for its past in maritime and is home to the largest convict-built prison in Australia. The port city has seen a lot of people come and go over the years, bringing their culture and values with them. The combination of people and history have made Fremantle a truly eclectic town.
If you need a caffeine pick-me-up after travelling the world to reach Fremantle, then don’t miss the Cappuccino Strip. Running from the corner of Bannister Street to Parry Street is the Cappuccino Strip. The area is known for its large number of cafes and coffeehouses.
History buffs should visit the Roundhouse, Western Australia’s oldest building. Built in the 1830s, the Roundhouse – which has 12 sides – was the first permanent structure erected by the Swan River Colony.
Culture vultures need to see Fremantle Prison, which was built entirely by convicts. It is a significant relic to Australia’s history. It is a World Heritage Site and offers tours to inquisitive visitors.
The cultural experiences do not stop in Freo as Fremantle Arts Centre houses exhibitions, live music shows, and art courses to locals and tourists. The coolest aspect of the Art Centre is that it is inside an old asylum for “mentally deranged” individuals.
Fremantle’s climate is warm and temperate. You won’t experience cold winters in Freo. The weather offers you the chance to spend much of your time outdoors enjoying the great attractions of the city. The average annual temperature in Freo is 18.6°C. Fremantle’s climate is considered to be similar to that of Mediterranean countries in Europe.
The warmest month of the year in Freo is February. Temperatures reach up to an average of 24°C. Summer provides travellers with the driest month of the year. January sees the least amount of rain with just 2.6 days of rainfall.
July is Fremantle’s coldest month with temperatures averaging a high of 17.1°C. Winter in Fremantle provides the wettest month of the year. June receives an average of 17.8 days
of rainfall. Travellers will certainly enjoy the warmth of winter in Fremantle in spite of rainy June days.
The city receives a consistent breeze that blows in from the Indian Ocean. The breeze moves toward the shores of Fremantle Harbour and was named the “Fremantle Doctor”. The winds influenced Fremantle Harbour’s builders as to how to position the port. It is claimed Perth’s position was also influenced by the breeze. Beachgoers enjoy the winds on hot days as it acts as a natural cooler.