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Fremantle Travel Guide: 556 reviews and 1,209 photos

More Than Just a Port

Although Fremantle is only 19 kms from Perth, the city has a unique style all of its own. There are many attractions which go in depth into the history of this port city as well as great restaurants and cafes for indoor or outdoor dining. There is a very relaxed feel here especially at the weekend during the summer months with alfresco dining.

Fremantle was named after Captain Charles Howe Fremantle who sailed one of the first three ships which brought European settlers to Western Australia in 1829. He was only 28 at the time but formally took possession of Western Australia for Britain. By 1832 there was a well planned design in place to build a suitable port for the new colony. Whaling and boating building soon took off and the town was first established in 1848. Because of a shortage of servants for the settlers, the first convicts were brought here in 1850. The last of which arrived in 1868 and were Irish rebels who later escaped in 1875 on an American whaling ship.

With the success of the gold rush at the end of the last century, the port thrived and even more so when ocean liners started to arrive. A new passenger terminal had to be built in 1960. A later splurge in visitors came when Alan Bond took the America's Cup away from the New York Yacht Club in 1983 - the first time this had happened in 132 years. This event brought visitors from all over the world and the town increased all its facilities and attractions to cater for the influx. Fremantle is still a very busy port but more for containers ships and large fishing vessels. Boats are definitely a way of life in Fremantle.

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  • Pros:Great Seafood Restaurants, Great Markets, Great Atmosphere
  • Last visit to Fremantle: Dec 1999
  • Intro Updated Feb 26, 2008
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Somehow I had not pictured such a wonderful spectacle in this area. That down under surely holds a lot to cause a foreigner like me to get there someday-and see NZ at the same time.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2007 at 11:11 PM

    It is always such a pleasure to visit your pages. So much good info & great pics ;-)

  • nomada's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2006 at 8:25 AM

    What a stunning page K. ! It brings me memories of this wonderful place in W. Australia, always with blue sky !

  • skatzcatz's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2006 at 8:08 PM

    ok, now i'm laughing....... 112 things to do in Fremantle? lol makes it seem more excitingthen disneyland.... hello...... is anyone still reading??? guess not :-(

  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2005 at 1:09 AM

    Nice updates to these pages, Kay. Fascinating to read about the Shipwreck galleries.

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2005 at 10:04 AM

    Fremantle is loaded, personally, I have learn a few things here. The intensity and energy of this presentation is unique and commendable. Well done.

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2005 at 5:02 AM

    The doc is right. Gr8 updates on fascinating Freo'. Have to get over here next time my Swannies play the Dockers.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2005 at 3:36 AM

    Excellent page and updates dear Kay, welcome back ;-D

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2004 at 10:23 PM

    ooch, never visited this fine page, soooooorry hehehe did you find something here?? ^..^

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2003 at 12:42 AM

    Woww.. I wonder if the prisoners were able to add to the building specifications.. ;-) Great coverage of the city where I first touched Australian soil.. ;-)


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