What’s on offer in Fremantle
Pier 21’s short stay apartments in Fremantle are perfectly positioned to explore the many attractions of vibrant Fremantle and nearby Perth. The very beautiful Rottnest Island departure wharf is easy to get to from the hotel.
Offering something for everyone, Fremantle features an eclectic mix of vibrant cafes, bars and nightclubs along with nationally significant museums Our favourites are National Maritime Museum, Ship Wreck Gallery and Fremantle Arts Centre.
In the heart of Fremantle, you will find the very essence of Western Australia’s heritage. The many buildings and infrastructure date back to the early 18th century where you can see iconic sites like the Round House and Whalers Tunnel and infamous Fremantle Prison. Fremantle is also home to a range of galleries with working artisans creating artwork and other collectables.
Out & About
The establishment of Sandalford Wines in 1840 coincided with both the first European settlement at the Colony of Perth and birth of Western Australia’s world famous wine industry. In 1970, the Company was one of three initial pioneers of the Margaret River wine region (275km south of Perth and today considered by many as one of the world’s truly great premium wine growing appellations) when the first vines were planted at its 300 hectare vineyard located there. In 2013, we are extremely proud to be one of the country’s oldest and largest family owned winemakers.
The Company’s Wine and Wine tourism operations and facilities have developed iconic status in the past 20 years since the Prendiville family acquired the business in 1991. Under their guidance, both the Swan Valley and Margaret River operations have been extensively developed, and today the Company’s portfolio of wines along with its Wine Tourism, Concert, Retail and F&B facilities are recognised among the very best in Australia. In one of the most sustainable wineries in the country we create our current collection of Prendiville, Estate Reserve, Margaret River Range and Element award-winning wines. With advanced viticultural practices and a progressive winemaking team, we have a long-standing reputation for quality and over-delivering at every price point.
Perched on the Indian Ocean’s shore, the Western Australian Maritime Museum is symbolic of Fremantle’s past, present and future as a coastal city and port.
The Museum houses several unique galleries that explore WA’s relationship with the sea. From leisure boats and handcrafted sailing boats to commercial pearl luggers, the Museum inspires visitors to discover WA’s affinity with the ocean.
The Museum is home to the winning America’s Cup yacht, Australia II, an Oberon class submarine — HMAS Ovens, Jon Sanders’ Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA’s maritime history.
Western Australian Maritime Museum Victoria Quay, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6160
(08) 9431 8334
Fremantle Markets has rightfully earned itself a reputation as one of the best destinations in Fremantle for locals and tourists alike, as well as a leading source of independent wares and produce. It’s undoubtedly one of the best and most well-known markets in Western Australia. If you haven’t visited, or need a reminder why it’s so great, here are our top eight reasons to visit Fremantle Markets:
- Heritage Architecture
- Rich History
- Hub of Events
- Fresh Local Produce
- Organic Goods
- Market Bar
- Indigenous & Independent Products
- Music & Atmosphere
Location Fremantle Markets Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street Fremantle, Western Australia, 6959
Nestled alongside Perth’s swan River, with perfect views and scenery, Point Walter Golf Course provides the best way to have a relaxing game of golf. Point Walter Golf Course is highly regarded for its quality fairways, greens and its magnificent landscape. Whether you enjoy a round of golf or simply wish to enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and take in the tranquil setting, your visit to Point Walter Golf Course will surely be a memorable one.
The 9 hole 2605m course consists of 6 par 4’s, 2 par 3’s and a par 5. The course can be played just as a casual 9 holes or you can challenge yourself with going around again and completing 18 if you desire.
Address: Honour Avenue, Bicton, Western Australia 6157.
The Western Australian Museum — Shipwreck Galleries is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere.
The museum is housed in 1850s-era Commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA’s treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh plate, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.
Western Australian Museum — Shipwreck Galleries, Cliff Street, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6160
Fremantle Prison holds the key to history, mystery, culture and fun.
Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s most fascinating and significant cultural attractions.
The history of Fremantle Prison dates back to the early beginnings of Western Australia and its role in the development of this State is unparalleled. It is the largest convict built structure in Western Australia and the most intact convict establishment in the nation.
In 2010, Fremantle Prison became the first building in Western Australia to be included on the World Heritage list. Its inscription on the World Heritage list was part of a serial nomination with ten other Australian Convict Sites.
The site is also listed on the Australian Heritage Commission’s Register of the National Estate, on the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s Register of Heritage Places and in the Fremantle West End conservation area. Many of the buildings in the precinct are also listed with the National Trust of Australia (WA). In recognition of its significant heritage value, it was the first Western Australian property to be included on the National Heritage List.
Decommissioned as a maximum-security gaol in 1991, the Prison was continuously used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. With death row, solitary cells and gallows, it is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent.
Since opening to the public in 1992, Fremantle Prison has developed into a successful tourist attraction and welcomes thousands of visitors through its gates each year.
Entry to the Gatehouse is free of charge and includes: the Convict Café, Gift Shop, Prison Gallery and an interactive Visitor Centre.
Without doubt, the highlight of a visit to the Prison is the entertaining tours conducted by experienced tour guides who bring the rich folklore and stories of the Prison to life. With a choice of intriguing day tours, spine-chilling torchlight tours and ‘extreme heritage’ tunnels tour adventures, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Fremantle Prison 1 The Terrace FREMANTLE WA 6160
Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour include a wide variety of restaurants, a brewery, short stay accommodation , function facilities, high speed jet boat rides, charter sailing tours, the Western Australian Maritime Museum Shipwreck Galleries and much much more.
These businesses all operate in the environment of a working harbour where there is a constant passing parade of fishing vessels and daily fishing industry activities. Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is a unique tourist location and provides an array of very special visitor experiences.
Specialising in the best seafood the ocean has to offer, there is a wide cuisine range on offer from the many restaurants and cafés.
The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is located in the heart of Fremantle – it is the home for over 400 Fishing boats and surrounded by boardwalks, restaurants, cafes, bars entertainment and accommodation facilities
Mews Road Fremantle, Western Australia 6160
Perth’s idyllic island playground, Rottnest is just a short ferry ride from the mainland and a world away from city life. For such a tiny island, this car-free and carefree Class A reserve packs a lot of pleasure into a day.
Getting to ‘Rotto’, as the locals affectionately call it, is a breeze. Just 19 kilometres off the coast, ferries depart regularly from Fremantle, Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty and Hillarys Marina. You can opt to arrive in style by helicopter or air taxi, or even cruise across in your own boat.
On its shores, 63 stunning beaches, 20 beautiful bays and many coral reefs and wrecks invite you to enjoy some of Australia’s finest swimming spots, snorkel trails and surf breaks. And on dry land, you’ll meet the cutest mini marsupial, found only in Western Australia, the world famous quokka, as well as many unique plant and animal species.
With no cars on the roads, riding is the best way to get around, with bicycle hire available at the ferry terminals and on the island. If that’s too much effort, you can hop on and off the Bayseeker Bus which regularly runs around the island, dropping you off at some of the more secluded beaches and surf breaks.
More family fun in the form of golf, tennis, shopping and guided tours can be found in Thomson Bay, as well as cafes, restaurants and takeaway options.
Tours on land and sea offer insightful experiences, from wildlife encounters with quokkas, seals, ospreys and whales, to history and cultural tours bringing Rottnest’s colourful maritime, convict, colonial and World War II heritage vividly to life.
A stroll through the main settlement is a journey back in time as you pass by some of the early colonial cottages, including the Salt Store and Lomas Cottage, dating back to the mid-1800s.