Cruises to Perth (Fremantle)

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About Cruising to Perth (Fremantle)

Fremantle is known for its eclectic streets buzzing with buskers, sidewalks filled with cafes and bars and a focus on emerging arts. It's a combination that won it a place in Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities list in 2016.

Home to some of Western Australia's most well-preserved 19th century buildings, its streets are abuzz with a thriving music scene. It's easy to find live music to enjoy, especially on weekends. Throw some amazing beaches into the mix, and you'll find plenty of good reasons to spend a lot of your free time in Fremantle.

Perth is only a 30-minute drive from Fremantle. But if you're only in port for a day, it's not possible to do justice to both cities. Fremantle is the easier option because of its proximity to the port and its compact size. However, if you want to experience a slice of 'big city' life, and you've been to Freo already, then it's worth heading up to Perth for a look.

Perth, the capital of Western Australia, has an outdoorsy easy-going vibe and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The weather is usually great, the cafe and bar scene is buzzing, the beaches are beautiful, and there is plenty of scenic parkland.

One of the best ways to see the Perth skyline and also marvel at the palatial riverside homes is to take a cruise on the Swan River.

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More about Perth (Fremantle)

Why Cruise to Perth (Fremantle)?

Pros:

Fremantle is friendly Western Australian town with lots of pubs, museums and galleries and it is a gateway to Perth

Cons:

If you are only in Perth for one day, it is not possible to see both Fremantle and Perth

Bottom Line:

Fremantle is a great alternative to Perth when time is tight

Perth (Fremantle) Cruise Port Facilities?

Ships dock at the Port of Fremantle, which is only a short walk over a railway line to the compact downtown area and historic district.

The Port of Fremantle is a working port, but the western end, Victoria Quay, has recently been upgraded. The historic B Shed has a ferry terminal, a licensed bar area, outdoor cafe and complimentary Wi-Fi when cruise ships dock. The work that has been done at The Fremantle Passenger Terminal celebrates the Heritage significance of the landmark building, while improving security and visitor amenity.

There is a tourist information centre at the terminal and an impressive Maritime Museum. The two-level Fremantle Passenger Terminal is still the largest cruise terminal in Australia and the only passenger terminal in the country with two-berth capacity.

Fremantle's town centre is so close it is easy to go wandering around there.

Good to Know?

Fremantle is great to explore during the day but the bar and music scene really comes alive at night.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Fremantle is walkable and very close.

By Bicycle: You can hire a bike from the Fremantle Visitor Centre (8 William St, Fremantle; 08 9431 7878; open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday 9 am to 4 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm). There is a refundable deposit, and the bikes can be used throughout the Fremantle area. Electric bikes are available but arrive early to avoid disappointment. Free bike hire is available 9.30 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 3 pm on Saturdays and 10.30 am to 3 pm on Sunday and public holidays.

By Bus: Free Central Area Transit (CAT) shuttle buses pick up and drop off right at the front of the terminal every 10 to 15 minutes until around 6 pm each day. It's a hop-on, hop-off service that covers all the main attractions. The Red CAT covers the area north of Fremantle Station, and the Blue CAT includes major attractions south of Fremantle Station. Most of the major attractions are on the south side.

By Train: The easiest and quickest way to travel between Fremantle and Perth is by train. They depart from Fremantle station every 15 minutes or so, and it's roughly a 30-minute journey. There is a free shuttle bus between Fremantle Train Station and the Fremantle Passenger Terminal on a continuous circuit arriving about every 20 minutes. It operates from an hour after the ship berths to 4 pm. Walking to the train station takes about 20 minutes. You can cross the railway line at an overhead pedestrian bridge with ramps, or through the terminal car park.

By Taxi: There are usually taxis waiting outside the terminal. If you need to phone a taxi, try Swan Taxis (131 330), Black & White Cabs (133 222); or Maxi Taxi Perth (0406 553 313).

By Car: Most of the major car hire companies have offices in Fremantle. They include Budget (08 9335 8722, Thrifty (08 9239 1556), Avis (08 9239 9044), and Europcar (08 9336 4411). A car rental is a good option if you have enough time and fancy taking a drive south to Rockingham, Mandurah, Bunbury or Margaret River.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The local currency is the Australian dollar, and ATMs are easily found in Fremantle and Perth, most of which will take international cards. At the Port of Fremantle, where ships dock, there's a general ATM located at the B Shed Ferry Terminal.

Language?

English with an Australian accent and colourful local slang.


Perth (Fremantle) Cruise Reviews
Walked around Fremantle all day. The goal is worth visitingRead More
bmwlover
Fremantle is a nice spot - lots of well preserved buildings and an easy ride into Perth on the train. Read More
HChickNZ
Beautiful botanical gardensRead More
GardeningTraveler
Did a walking tour on our own and utilized the free bus. great experience.Read More
Blumoon

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