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Where in the world: South Pacific  /  Australia  /  Western Australia  /  Greater Perth  /  Fremantle

Top 15 things to do in Fremantle

1. Fremantle Prison

On the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of 11 Australian Convict Sites, Fremantle Prison paints a vivid image of the country's penal-colony history. Convicts built the prison in the 1850s. Today you can explore the prison on a guided tour, including a torch-lit option. Navigate tunnels 20 m (65 ft) beneath the ground on foot and by boat. The prison art gallery sells pieces created by current and ex-prisoners in Western Australia.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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2. Scarborough Beach, Scarborough

Scarborough Beach is known for great year-round surfing, which made it the site of Australian Surf Life Saving Championships several years in a row. The beach is located within an entertainment district with bars, restaurants, and nightclubs and can be easily accessed from Perth by bus or car. The long stretch of white sand, lapped by warm blue water, attracts local families, as well as tourists from around the world. Crowds pick up on the weekends, when the strip of sand becomes colored with bright towels. There are very few trees here, so consider bringing an umbrella or small tent for shade.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. WA Maritime Museum

WA Maritime Museum houses a notable collection of historic objects and boats, including the winged-keel Australia II, which won the America's Cup in 1983. The museum presents a full history of marine activity on the Western Australian coast and offers tours of HMAS Ovens, a retired Oberon-class submarine, one of the site's most popular attractions. The Museum houses several galleries that explore WA's maritime relationship and features temporary exhibitions, including museum exclusives, world premieres, and national and international tours.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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4. Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River Cruise

FROM $50
See the sights of Perth and Fremantle on an attraction-packed half-day tour that takes you into the city and along our coastline. You’ll see panoramic views over Perth from Kings Park, admire Cottesloe’s long golden beach and tour Fremantle’s historic buildings and harbor setting. You also have the option to take a cruise back to Perth from Fremantle along the Swan River.
Suggested duration: 4h 30min
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5. WA Shipwrecks Museum

Take a tour through Western Australian maritime history as you explore vessels salvaged from the sea at the WA Shipwrecks Museum. This museum is recognized as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the Southern Hemisphere. See relics, such as cannons, hulls, and engines, from shipwrecks, dating back to the 17th century. Keep an eye out for the original Dutch vessel Batavia, which sank off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. Convicts built the museum in the 1850s, and today it sits in the heart of Fremantle's historic West End.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Fremantle Markets

Equally appealing to both tourists and locals, Fremantle Markets remains one of the finest shopping destinations in Western Australia. Bringing together over a century of history and heritage, the markets now host over 150 stalls run by craftspeople, vegetable growers, food producers, fashion designers, and merchants. Look for the fresh produce section to stock up on tasty treats and snacks, or head straight for the food court to have your fill of globally popular street specialties.Snoop around Fremantle Markets to buy indigenous souvenirs like boomerangs and didgeridoos. Explore the 150 vibrant shops and discover why the market was listed in the Register of Heritage Places. Built in 1897, the market is lined with small shops selling crafts in the indoor hall and fresh produce in outdoor yard. Walk past street performers and enter the market through the ornate stone arches. The rough washed limestone of the walls and the high iron roof add to the charm. A walk at the market is a good way to spend a rainy day since it is covered. Try the kangaroo jerky.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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7. Boat Tours & Water Sports, Mandurah

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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8. Fremantle Twilight Sail

FROM $81
Charter 1 is the famous yellow catamaran everybody knows and loves. She's impossible to miss and hugely popular for taking guests on magical ocean sunset sails on Thursday to Sunday evenings (season dependent). Watch Fremantle, the Port and Harbour come alive with a kaleidoscope of colours. You may even be joined by a pod of dolphins or see humpback whales and their calves as they migrate down the coast from Sept – Nov. An ocean facing sunset in Perth is an experience you'll remember forever. 'Capella' is a luxury appointed 12.5m Schionning sailing catamaran custom built for tours and charting. She is noted for her stable ride and huge deck space at nearly twice the width of a single hull vessel, meaning plenty of spaces to sit and relax as you watch the day turn into night and the stars come out to shine. Time of departure varies by time of year due to differences in sunset times - please check at the time of booking.
Suggested duration: 2h
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9. Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe

If you want to know how good the lifestyle of many of Perth's residents is, head to Cottesloe Beach. Only 15 minutes from the city center, this 1.5 km (1 mi) expanse of golden sand meets clear Indian Ocean water ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and surfing. Enjoy a picnic and watch a game of cricket on the grass of the nearby Cottesloe Esplanade. The town of Cottesloe has a slow pace, but also plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can sample fresh seafood specialties.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. The Fremantle Round House

Given the country's history as a penal colony, it might not surprise you that Western Australia's oldest public building is a former prison. Built in 1830, the rotund white-brick The Fremantle Round House originally housed convicted prisoners before becoming a police lockup. The chief constable and his family began to occupy the building in 1900. Today, you can tour the seaside building and ask knowledgeable volunteer guides questions. Head to the upper deck for scenic views of the Fremont coast and offshore islands.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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12. The Billionaire Club

FROM $66
Presented by Damien O'Dougherty, a past winner of the Best Comedy Show in the Perth Fringe Festival. This three-hour bus journey is a little risqué, slightly irreverent and offers insight into the history and homes of Perth’s enormously wealthy. Special guests include Rose, Margaret and Gina.
Suggested duration: 3h
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13. Scuba & Snorkeling

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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14. Little Creatures

A brewing company established in 2000, Little Creatures takes its name from a song lyric by the band Talking Heads and refers to the live yeast cells that turn sugars in malt wort into alcohol. The brewery building was originally constructed to house yachts participating in the 1987 America's Cup. It then housed a crocodile farm for a few years. The brewery has won a number of awards for beer excellence. Drop by for a meal at the brewery's restaurant and a taste of some of the brewery's most popular brands, such as the original Little Creatures Pale Ale, Rogers (an amber ale), or Pipsqueak (an apple cider).
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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15. Big Perth (Private) Day Tour

FROM $288
This is a private tour catering for 7 seats or less. Being in a private tour with a born & bred Perth local means you get to see a lot more. Tour buses cant get to where I take you either, and you dont wait for others to play catch up! The tour is popular for its massive content, personal flexibility and its local focus. If you have particular things you want to see please let us know in advance. Expect to see the coolest things not just what you've seen in the brochures. This can also be an excellent Kid friendly tour with many locations that appeal to children of all ages. Random photo stops are part of this huge day tour.
Suggested duration: 6h - 12h
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