How to spend a day in Fremantle
No trip to Western Australia is complete without spending a day or two soaking up Freo’s chilled out vibes.
We enjoyed the abundance of colonial history, funky cafes and (most importantly) award-winning beer, as we wandered Fremantle’s bustling streets and chilled by the dock of the bay.
If time is short, here’s how to make the most of your day in Fremantle.
Visit Fremantle Prison
Entry to the forecourt of the prison is free and there are a couple of exhibition rooms that cover the prison’s history. To make your visit really worthwhile, take a tour. The tour guides’ natural enthusiasm and passion for storytelling gives a vivid idea of what went on whilst the prison was in operation.
There are different tour options for you to chose from with discounts available if you do more than one. The ‘Doing Time’ Tour tells stories of convicts and prisoners from the colony’s beginning until the prison’s closure in 1991. As you tour the cells and yards, the story builds up to the 1988 riot and culminates with a visit to the gallows. The ‘Great Escapes’ Tour covers different areas of the prison and, as its name suggests, explains the escape attempts and successes of prisoners and convicts.
One of the above tours cost $20 per person, but why not do what we did and go on both for $28? Tickets can be purchased at the prison on the day.
Browse Fremantle markets
After a morning spent in the prison, take the short walk to the Fremantle Markets on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday to indulge in some good grub. Pick up a pie, a slice of pizza or even candy floss and check out what the stalls of the local craftspeople.
DISCOVER Western australiA'S NAVAL HISTORY
Captain Fremantle planted the British flag in the sand in 1829 and declared Western Australia for the British. Shortly after, the Swan River Colony built the Roundhouse to lock up their wrong’uns. Often dubbed as the oldest building in WA, entry is by donation and is worth a look.
A short walk away, the fascinating story of The Batavia is well-documented at Fremantle’s Shipwreck Galleries. It houses restored timbers of the ship's hull and a wealth of treasures that were lifted from the seabed following the discovery of the wreck. Entry to the museum is by donation.
tour & explore little creatures brewhouse
‘Well chilled’ would be an apt description of the beer and vibe at Little Creatures Brewhouse. Thriving in a large shed perched on the edge of the fishing port, people come to drink award-winning beers and graze on fantastic tucker.
The shed itself, now in its third incarnation, was originally constructed to house the yachts of the 1987 America’s Cup before becoming a crocodile farm. We think that the building best serves as a brewery for some the finest beer in Australia.
Tours operate every day on the hour between 12-3pm. At $12pp, the huge beer tasting at the end of tour is worth the price alone!
eat, drink & be merry
One evening, we hung around at Little Creatures and enjoyed their Kangaroo Satay. It went down really well with a pint of their IPA. There is more to Freo than Little Creatures though; there are literally heaps of restaurants, cool cafes and swanky wine bars to keep you going well into the evening.