Whether you’re a history buff or a fan of good food (who isn’t), there’s something for everyone in Fremantle thanks to its irresistible mix of markets, street performers, arts and waterfront.
Fire up the group chat and find out who’s free, here are 11 of the best things to do in Fremantle.
Have A Pint And A Pizza At Little Creatures
Sitting right along the portside, Little Creatures is known for its cult-worthy chips, nachos and pizza. But delicious eats aren’t the only thing on the menu—this iconic Perth pub comes complete with craft beer, ciders, and even blankets for those chilly Freo nights. But it’s the live music and good vibes that seal the deal for us, and make Little Creatures our go-to for laid back Sunday nights.
Eat Your Way Through The Freo Markets
The Fremantle Markets are finally back in action as of the start of July, and we couldn’t be happier. There’s nothing quite like wandering the aisles of market stalls, oohing and ahhing at all the weird and wonderful products on offer. But we all know the best part of any market is the food stalls, and Freo is no exception. Start your morning off with a crème brulee coffee from Coffee Connection, paired with a European-style doughnut from Levi’s. For lunch, head to Fluffy Lamb for mouthwatering Indonesian fare, and finish up with a waffle cone from Muffle. Trust us, it’s worth the bloat.
Feast On Fish And Chips At The Fishing Boat Harbour
If you’re looking for the best fish and chips in Perth, the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is certainly a hot-spot of fresh fish and fine flavours. Home to local faves like Kailis Fishmarket Cafe, Twin Fin, and the liquor-licensed Bathers Beach House, there’s plenty of choice when you’re looking for fish by the bay. Stop by Ciccerello’s to take a squiz at their aquariums while you wait for your meal.
Put On Your Dancing Shoes And Bop Your Way To Freo’s Live Music Scene
Since their $250,000 refurb, Freo.Social has transformed the old Drill Hall into Freo’s live music hub. The cutting-edge sound system makes it the perfect venue for getting your groove on—and the onsite brewery doesn’t hurt, either. You’ll want to catch the Fremantle Arts Centre’s gallery sessions, which play host to intimate performances from Perth’s most talented songwriters. But of course, no live music list would be complete without a mention of Mojos, which has made its name as a Perth institution. Show off your moves on their weekly hip hop nights—because you ARE the dancing queen.
Take In The Sunset From Monument Hill
Boasting panoramic views of the city, the sunsets at Monument Hill are the stuff of legends. Once you’ve snapped a shot for Insta, take a minute to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Because there’s nothing quite like a WA sunset.
Educate Yourself At The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Understanding Indigenous culture is an essential step in the strive for equality, and a trip to the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre is the perfect way to up your education. Become enraptured with the legends of Aboriginal Dreamtime, and watch as authentic arts and crafts are created right before your very eyes. Participate in bush tucker tastings, and make your mark by contributing to a community canvas. The centre is always hosting events and activities to get the community involved in Aboriginal culture, so check out their Eventbrite page to see what this week has in store.
Lace Up Your Walking Shoes For a Trek Along The Manjaree Trail
Forming part of Western Australia’s Nyoongar coastal trail, the Manjaree Trail is a scenic way to learn about the original owners of our land. The trail consists of a series of signs explaining the differences between the six Nyoongar seasons. Starting at Kidogo Arthouse, the signs also depict other aspects of Aboriginal culture, including bush tucker, language, trade, and customs.
Bao Down For Dumplings, Tacos And More At Sunshine Harvester Works
The foodie hub of Fremantle, Sunshine Harvester Works is a food precinct with something for everyone. You’ll likely recognise it as the home of Bumplings, the brainchild of Masterchef alumnus Brendan Pang, whose incredible creations have won our hearts (and our stomachs). Other vendors include Al Pastor Taqueria, Stampede Gelato, and Union Brewery and Distillery—because what pairs better with a hearty meal than a hearty drink?
Embark On A Bar Hop Through The Best Watering Holes In Town
Put on your drinking hat—you’re in for a night of fun. Start with a round at Ronnie Nights, a hole-in-the-wall bar on the Cappuccino strip that will fill up fast if you don’t get in quick. After admiring Ronnie’s craft brews and top-notch boutique wines, you'll wanna make a beeline for Republic Of Fremantle and go on a tasting flight through their delish spirits. Then set your sights on Strange Company. Its kick-ass cocktails and awesome wine list will give you the perfect buzz. Move right on to Nieuw Ruin for a boujee wine and some snacks before dropping into The Old Synagogue, a heritage-listed site home to multiple bars, including The Arbor, Mr Chapple and L’Chaim.
Creep Yourself Out With A Fremantle Prison Tour
Freo’s answer to Alcatraz, a tour of Fremantle Gaol is not for the faint of heart. Their torchlight tour will bring the prison’s sordid history to life with haunting tales of executions gone wrong and undue suffering. If you’re fascinated by the psychology of the criminal mind, check out the prison’s true crime tour for harrowing stories of the gaol’s most notorious inmates and their attempts at escape.
Chow Down On Freo's Best Eats
When in doubt of how to spend your day, you can’t go wrong with treating your taste buds to a tour of Freo’s finest eateries. While there’s plenty to choose from, we recommend starting with breakfast at Duck Duck Bruce—if the names of their menu items aren’t enough to win you over, the taste of them will. While a trip to Bread In Common can be an all-day affair, head over for a shared lunch with the gang filled with fresh produce, seafood, and of course—bread. End the day with a hearty dinner at Tonic & Ginger, Manuka, or stop by Lions and Tigers if you’re looking for exotic Indian fare.
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Image credit: Louise Coghill