Feeling free in Fremantle
The thriving city of Fremantle, or ‘Freo’ as it’s locally known, is located on the West Australian coast roughly 20 km south of Perth. Fremantle is a great holiday destination for travellers wishing to explore the area around Perth, those planning to travel north up the west coast, or those who just want to hang out, relax and take in the sights. Regardless of why holiday makers choose to visit Fremantle, they are guaranteed to experience fantastic local hospitality, sights, activities and accommodation.
Things to See and Do in and Around Fremantle
International travellers who choose to spend their entire holiday break in Fremantle will not be disappointed, as the city offers a plethora of activities and sights, the majority of which are only a short walk or tram ride from most holiday accommodation in the area. The first stop on visitor’s itineraries should undoubtedly be Fremantle Prison, which was built by convicts in the mid 1800s, and later decommissioned in 1991.
Various guided historical tours through the prison are available; however, the most unique of these is the ‘Torchlight Tour’. This eerie night time expedition offers fearless holiday makers the opportunity to see the prison’s main cell block, solitary confinement, whipping post, morgue and gallows by torchlight, with a few surprises thrown in along the way. Travellers game enough to partake in the tour are guaranteed to acquire some great historical knowledge, an adrenaline rush, and some fantastic photos to look at back at their holiday rental.
Once back in the daylight, holiday makers can head to the Fremantle Chocolate Factory, which offers 300 different products, as well as a multitude of free samples! Travellers may like to wander through the ‘Freo Markets’, which generally operate on the weekend, and offer a variety of goods from fresh produce to bric-a-brac and antiques.
History buffs in comparison may be more interested in the Army Museum of Western Australia, which offers holiday makers the opportunity to peruse army relics from every major conflict that Australia has ever been a part of including: the South African conflict, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, Vietnam, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. Interested travellers are also able to take virtual tours and access a reference library in order to learn more about Australian history.
Day Trip Ideas
One of the major advantages of securing holiday accommodation in Fremantle apart from the great holiday activities available in the city itself however, is Fremantle’s central location and the ensuing opportunity to easily undertake day trips to exciting locations. One of the world-class attractions, which located approximately 225 km north of Fremantle, is ‘The Pinnacles’.
The Pinnacles are large ancient limestone spires, situated in a dessert-like environment, in the Nambung National Park. These spires and are believed to have been formed following centuries of weathering and erosion, which has made for one of the most unique and eye-catching landscapes Australia has to offer. The Pinnacles are defiantly well worth the drive and holiday makers are strongly advised to take their camera and extra batteries.
For Travellers, who are interested in something a little closer to their holiday accommodation, there is also the world renowned Rottnest Island, which is located only 25 minutes from Fremantle by ferry. The island is well known for its perfect beaches and great surfing however, is also great for history buffs owing to the presence of various aboriginal artefacts and historical shipwrecks. Travellers, who fall in love with Rottnest Island and would like to prolong their stay, can also generally find great holiday deals, which include a stay on island itself.
The Ideal Climate for Visitors
Fremantle experiences a mild Mediterranean climate, meaning warm dry summers and damp cool winters, which makes the region a perfect year round holiday destination. The majority of international visitors tend to frequent Fremantle during the summer months, to take advantage of the perfect beach weather on offer however, holiday makers in Fremantle outside of ‘peak-season’ generally have the added advantage of being able to find more competitive holiday deals and accommodation.
Travelling to Fremantle from the UK
Travelling to Fremantle from the UK is a simple process, as airlines such as Qantas, British Airways and Emirates offer regular flights to Perth departing from both London City and Heathrow airports. Once holiday makers arrive in Perth they need only undertake a short 23 km bus, taxi, ferry, train or car trip to reach at their luxurious Fremantle holiday home.