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Is Fremantle a good spot to stay when visiting Perth?

Is Fremantle a good spot to stay when visiting Perth?

Let’s be honest.  At this rate, it doesn’t look as though many (or even any) of us will be jetting off on an overseas adventure anytime soon.  

But a getaway doesn’t necessarily mean we need to travel to another country.  If you’re looking to visit the beautiful city of Perth, you’re in for a treat.  Gorgeous food, stunning beaches, friendly people and a vibrant culture are just the beginning.  

And in the historic seaside suburb of Fremantle, you’ll get all four – for a fraction of the price.


If you’ve come to Perth for a job placement in our capital city, congratulations!  With its absence of traffic snarls and a laid-back work-life balance, the Perth CBD is the place to be when it comes to a successful career (without the commute).  

Hotels in Perth, Australia generally range from three to six stars, and can be anything from a simple hotel room to a luxury penthouse apartment.  Either way, you’re bound to be just a short stroll (or free CAT bus ride) from your new workplace. 

But if you’re not tied to Perth’s CBD for work or other commitments, then you might want to look into Fremantle as your next temporary stay. Our luxury apartment hotel, Pier 21, is set in peaceful and scenic North Fremantle, and we have a variety of amenities and nearby attractions to please the whole family (even your furry friends!).

Fabulous Fremantle

Fremantle has been a popular destination venue with both locals and tourists for almost two hundred years.  With its stunning Victorian architecture, seaside vantage and fascinating history as a British penal colony, ‘Freo’ has everything right on its doorstep – no matter what you’re into.  

Water activities 

Love the water?  Not a problem – the iconic Rottnest Island is right on Fremantle’s doorstep. Just a short ferry ride away, ‘Rotto’ boasts a whopping 63 sun-kissed beaches to explore, and is the perfect getaway spot for swimming, snorkelling and quokka selfies.

chris hemsworth and quokka

Be like Chris.  Take a quokka selfie on Rottnest Island, just a short ferry ride from Fremantle. Image: Instagram.

Meanwhile on the mainland, Pier 21 is now offering the free use of their paddleboards for guests.  Stand up paddleboards (or SUPs) are hugely popular these days, and an awesome way to explore Perth’s spectacular Swan River and surrounding waterways.  Popular for all ages, paddleboarding is suitable for every member of the family, from the novice to the SUP pro.

couple enjoying a paddle board

Fun in the sun: paddleboarding on the Swan River is a great activity for the whole family.

After a little more action? Adrenaline junkies rejoice!  You can quench your need for speed with a gnarly jet boat ride across the Indian Ocean.  Get your timing right, and you might even spot a humpback whale breaching in the distance.

fremantle speed boat

Be prepared to get wet ‘n wild on a jet boat thrill ride in Freo. Image: Adrenaline.


Here with the kids?  Fremantle’s got you covered.  They’ll love the miles of pristine white beaches and crystal clear waters to explore.  Check out some of Perth’s most incredible street art, wander the eclectic Fremantle Markets for some goodies, or visit the bright & cheery lighthouses at North & South Mole. Not to mention the Tourist Wheel, which stands at over 40 metres high and offers views of Perth and Rottnest Island. 

tourist wheel fremantle

All aboard the Tourist Wheel in Esplanade Park, Fremantle. Image: Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

And for the braver (and perhaps older) kids, treat them to a spooky tour of Fremantle Prison at night.  

For the foodies

If food is more your jam, then you’re in luck.  Fremantle is awash with fresh-off-the-boat seafood that you can tuck into right on the jetty, and can be anything from family-friendly fish & chips to next-level seafood platters.   

From North to South Fremantle, the (foodie) world’s your oyster.  Uber-trendy bars & cafes pepper the high streets, while high-end dining out destinations with million dollar views will keep you firmly beachside.

Check out Tradewinds Hotel for some seafood eats. With a gorgeous view of the Swan River, you can enjoy everything from Spanner Crab Linguine to a fresh Ocean Platter.

tradewinds seafood prawns

Fremantle has a wealth of seafood options

After something a little more grassroots?  Fremantle is the creative heartland of Perth’s alternative scene, so it stands to reason it has an abundance of eateries with delicious, sustainable, plant-based offerings. 

Finally, if you’re looking for some relaxation after a long day, Pier 21 rooms have self-serviced kitchens, available BBQs and a breakfast buffet, and you can always head over to nearby Tradewinds Hotel for a drink and a bite to eat.

Luxury lodgings

With all that it has going for it, it’s not surprising Fremantle accommodation is absolutely booming.  Just thirty minutes down the highway from Perth Airport, Pier 21 offers five star accommodation with spectacular water views, pristine beaches and a huge range of local attractions at a fraction of the cost of hotels in Perth’s CBD.  

If you’re after luxury, award-winning Perth accommodation that caters for individuals, couples or family groups, then get in touch with the team at Pier 21 in Fremantle today on (08) 9336 2555 or via our contact form here


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