Popular Things to Do in Perth (Fremantle)
Food and Drink in Perth (Fremantle)
The dining scene in Fremantle has developed from the area's multicultural roots with a mix of pasta and pizza, Asian, Indian and other cuisines in restaurants dotted around the winding streets.
If it is seafood you fancy, head to the colourful Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour (Mews Road, Fremantle; open daily, 9 am to 10 pm) to sample fresh from the Indian Ocean bounty. Walk the boardwalk to find dozens of dining options here: Char Char Bull, Cicerello's Fremantle and Kailis Fish Market Cafe are three spots that celebrate local seafood.
For a wide choice of coffee stops, try the 'cappuccino strip' of Wray Avenue and South Terrace, but for a sunset view, Bathers Beach House (47 Mews Rd, Fremantle; 08 9335 2911; open daily 11 am to 10 pm) is where you'll want to be.
Hopheads should make a beeline to Little Creatures Brewing (40 Mews Rd, Fremantle; 08 6215 1000; open daily, 10 am to midnight), Fremantle's own brewery positioned right on the water's edge. Try a tasting tray and join one of the four daily brewery tours.
Fremantle is also home to Western Australia's most awarded bakery, Miami Bakehouse. Expect handmade gourmet pies, speciality breads and cake to go with your coffee.
Beaches in Perth (Fremantle)
Best for Half-Day Visit: South Beach in the inner harbour is close to the centre of Fremantle. Here you can swim to a yellow pontoon and enjoy views of Carnac, Rottnest and Garden Islands.
Best for Active Types: Port Beach is where you can swim, windsurf, kitesurf and snorkel. Takeaway food is available from a kiosk.
Best for Families: Leighton Beach has long stretches of white sand and beachfront cafes where you can sit and watch the waves. There is a grassed area and picnic tables.
Don't Miss in Perth (Fremantle)
Round House: Western Australia's original prison and oldest public building, the Round House, has great beach views. A gold coin donation will get you inside (15 Captains Lane; 08 9336 6897; open daily, 10.30 am to 3.30 pm.)
Fremantle Prison: This high security prison was built by convicts in 1850. (1 The Terrace; Saturday to Tuesday and Thursday 9 am to 5 pm; 08 9336 9200; Wednesdays and Fridays 9 am to 9 pm.)
WA Maritime Museum: It's home to America's Cup-winning Australia II, but you'll also find Cold War-era submarine, HMAS Ovens and pearl luggers here. (Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Drive; 1300 134 081; 9.30 am to 5 pm.)
Fremantle Markets: With 150 stalls to browse, the Fremantle Markets is the place to shop for gourmet food and must-have souvenirs. (South Terrace and Henderson streets; 08 9335 2515; open Friday 9 am to 8 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 8 am to 6 pm.)
Rottnest Island: Jump on a ferry from Fremantle and you can explore some of the 60 beaches and secluded bays on Rotty. It's also home to cute little furry creatures called quokkas. The Rottnest Express takes about 25 minutes from Fremantle to Rottnest and leaves from Victoria Quay (1300 476 688).
Fremantle Arts Centre: This neo-Gothic-style building was constructed by convicts in 1860 as a 'lunatic' asylum. The Fremantle Arts Centre hosts exhibitions by a wide range of local, national and international artists (1 Finnerty Street; 08 9432 9555; open daily, 10 am to 5 pm).