Just south of Western Australia’s capital city of Perth lies the port city of Fremantle.
Fremantle is recognised as one of the best-preserved Victorian-era port cities in the world and is one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities to visit in 2016.
Famed for its rich cultural heritage, lively entertainment, maritime links and alfresco lifestyle, ‘Freo’ is a visitor’s paradise.
Fremantle’s appeal is diverse – with its vibrant café culture and historic buildings to explore – it’s a great stop for any traveller.
Highlights of Fremantle
- Local fashion designers, artists and jewellery craftsmen showcase unique pieces in Fremantle’s historic West End.
- Fishing Boat Harbour is fringed by cheerful bars, the freshest seafood delights and a boutique brewery.
- Tour an Oberon class submarine at the Maritime Museum, home to the winning America’s Cup yacht, Australia II.
Also see Fremantle Ports-cruise ship visits
- Take the pleasant fifteen-minute walk into the city – for everything you need to know about what’s on and what to do and see, call in to the Fremantle Visitor Centre, Town Hall, King’s Square, right in the heart of the city.
- Browse in the shops and galleries, enjoy a coffee or a meal, check out the market stalls and catch a performance by a street performer. Drop in to the studios of a local sculptor, photographer or painter. Walk through the historic West End to Fishing Boat Harbour and Challenger Harbour, base for the 1987 America's Cup defence.
- Catch the CAT Bus outside the Fremantle Railway Station – there are two loops that take you to all the points of interest in and around the city. Hop off the bus and take a short walk to Fremantle Gaol, explore the Army Museum or see what’s on the walls at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
- Spend a fascinating hour or two in the Western Australian Maritime Museum – see the famous America’s Cup winning yacht Australia II with its winged keel, tour inside the submarine HMAS Ovens
- Take a cruise on the Swan River to Perth, Western Australia’s vibrant capital city – explore Kings Park for views over the city and river, tour Perth Mint or admire the displays in the Western Australian Museum and Art Gallery.
Enjoy a full-day’s touring
Don’t miss the attractions of Fremantle itself (above, in the half-day ideas) – but if there’s time for some longer explorations, here are a few suggestions.
- Join Swan Valley River and Wine Cruise at Fremantle Ferry Terminal – voyage upstream to visit the historic 1880s Woodbridge Manor, sample premium Western Australian wines at Houghton’s or Sandalford vineyards. Enjoy a delicious lunch with fine local wines at the Mulberry Farm Restaurant.
- Experience the Pinnacles, Sand Dunes and Beach Adventure – travel by 4WD over pure white dunes and along pristine beaches, encounter fascinating Australian animals and explore the ancient limestone pillars of the Pinnacles in the Namburg National Park.
- Visit Caversham Wildlife Park – meet the friendly koalas and kangaroos, find out about farm life in Western Australia as you see sheep being mustered, then learn about Aboriginal culture through a fascinating program of music and dance
Dining (Best Restaurants for Lunch and Dinner)
Western Australia has an abundance of fine restaurants. Its ethnic diversity and abundance of fresh seafood, meats, dairy products, fruit and vegetables, coupled with locally produced internationally acclaimed wines, ensures the visitor a delectable smorgasbord of choices. Diners can choose from silver service in five-star restaurants, to serve-yourself buffets, alfresco dining or inexpensive food markets.
Perth and Fremantle have an excellent choice of quality accommodation with styles ranging from 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and apartments to bed & breakfast establishments and camping grounds.
Five-star accommodation in Fremantle and Perth include:
- Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
- Burswood International Resort Casino
- Pan Pacific Perth
- Hyatt Regency
- Perth Pamelia Hilton
- Port Beach
- Cottesloe Beach
- Scarborough Beach
- Burswood Park
- Joondalup Country Club
- The Vines Resort
- Araluen Country Club
- Meadow Springs Country Club
- Fremantle Tennis Club
Other Sporting Activities
All water sport activities and all recognised international sport activities are available.
Best Shopping Areas
- Perth : 18 km
- Fremantle : 1 km
- Claremont : 12 km
Western Australia is an internationally renowned producer of high quality gold, diamonds and cultured pearls. Wool and leather products are also highly sought after and the State is leading Australia in the production of premium wines.
|Customs Officers||24 hours|
|Quarantine Officials||24 hours|
|Immigration Officials||As for Customs|
Customs and Immigration
|Passenger Manifest||Three copies at the first port of call with one copy to Immigration with the passengers card one copy to Customs and the third copy to remain on board the ship.|
|Embarking Passenger Manifest||3 copies - 1 to Customs 1 to Port 1 stays|
|Crew Manifest||2 - 1 at first port to Immigration 2nd stays.|
|Stores List||2 (Aust. Customs Service and Sydney Ports Corporation|
|Customs Declaration(Ship)||1 (Australian Customs Service)|
|Customs Declaration(Crew)||2 (Australian Customs Service)|
|Forms Comments||All forms listed above are produced at the first Australian port of call and then one copy of each form travels on board the ship to be produced at subsequent ports.|
|Customs Declaration(Passengers)||One at first Australian port of call only.|
|Health Declaration||One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only|
The following Ground Handlers are CDU members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.
|Arrival Departure Restrictions||No|
|Tidal Variation||0.9 metres|
|Prevailing Currents||0.6 metres|
|Length of Channel||1000 metres|
|Depth of Channel||13 metres|
|Comments||Vessel berthing in morning to set up moorings to cater for strong sea breezes during summer months.|
Depth and breadth of turning basin
|Location of Turning Basin||N/A|
|Other points||Entrance channel 152 metres wide. Under keel clearance required - 1 metre. Depth at berth face - 11 metres.|
|Pilotage Name||Fremantle Pilots (Pilotage arranged by Fremantle Port)|
|Pilotage Address||1 Cliff Street, Fremantle WA 6160|
|Pilotage Phone No||61 8 9430 3303 (Fremantle Port Movement Control)|
|Pilotage Fax No||61 8 9430 4970 (Fremantle Port Movement Control)|
|Is Pilotage Compulsory||Yes except for exempt Masters|
|Position of Pilot Pickup||For vessels with a draught of less than 11 metres, 3 nautical miles outside the port entrance at Gage Roads pilot boarding ground.|
|Distance from Berth||7 miles from fairway Buoy, 2 miles from Gage Roads|
|Pilot VHF Channel||12|
|Description of Pilot Boat||1 monohull steel vessel with blue hull, orange superstructure1 twin hull aluminium vessel, blue hull, orange superstructure|
|Pilot Hours||24 hours|
|Pilotage Fees||Refer Fremantle Port|
|The following CDU members offer superior service throughout the region.|
|Barwil Agencies Oceania|
|Address||9/189 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000|
|Telephone||+61 2 9439 7223|
|24 hour contact||+61 416 189 760|
|Fax||+61 2 9439 8587|
|Services||Contact: Greg Coopman.|
|For details of services see the Barwil entry under Members and Contacts- then scroll down to Shipping Agents.|
|Beaufort Shipping Agency Company|
|Address||Level 8, 120 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000|
|GPO Box 3988 Sydney NSW 2001|
|Telephone||61 2 9364 8960|
|24 hour contact||+61 411 123 013|
|Fax||+61 2 9364 8999|
|Services||Contact Ian McAllister|
|For details of services see the Beaufort entry under Members and Contacts- then scroll down to Shipping Agents.|
|Information on other Shipping Agents can be obtained from the Port Authority (see Port Operator).|
|Are tugs available||Yes|
|Are tugs compulsory||No, dependent on vessel's bowthrusters and weather conditions at time of berthing or departure.|
|Tug operator`s name||Fremantle Tug Operators|
|Tug operator`s fax||61 8 9335 3522|
|Ship or tug lines||Tugs|
|Tug working hours||24 hours|
|Working hours||24 hours|
|Working hours||24 hours|
|Overtime||24 hour port|
|For details of suitable stevedores, please contact the Shipping Agent|
|For details of several quality, competitively priced provedores please contact the Shipping Agent.|
|How many||10 lines|
|Quay or barge||Light and diesel by pipeline heavy by barge|
|Suppliers||Major supplier BP Fremantle|
|Exquay or barge||Quay|
|No of hoses||Maximum of 6|
|Capacity per hose/hour||50 tonnes per hour per hose|
|Tonnes per hour guaranteed||As above|
|Type of connect||International standard|
|Connect size in inches||International standard|
|Size of containers||205 litres Sulo mobile bins|
|Incineration or dump||Dump - bins washed sterilised and cleaned when emptied. Garbage truck can empty 60 bins per hour|
|Facilities to transport||Truck|
|Address||1 Cliff Street|
|FREMANTLE WA 6160|
|Telephone||61 8 9430 4911|
|Facsimile||61 8 9336 1391|
|Berth||Fremantle Passenger Terminal|
|Maximum draft||10.2 metres|
|Tidal variation||0.9 metres|
|Berth length||204 and 206 metres|
|Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships||Yes|
|Are other ships able to dock||Yes|
|Cargo ships at dock||Yes|
|Nearest Overseas Port||Singapore|
|Meet and Greet Facilities:||Yes|
|Availability of Maps and/or Brochures||Yes|
|Is the US Dollar Accepted?||Yes|
|Closest Airport to Pier||Perth Airport|
|Distance to Domestic Airport||25 kms|
|Transport to Domestic Airport||Taxi (Allow AUS$50)|
|Distance to International Airport||32 kms|
|Transport to International Airport||Taxi (allow AUS $60)|
|Can Passengers Walk to Town||Yes|
|Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop||5 minutes|
|Distance from Pier to Town Centre||1 km|
|Are Shuttle Buses Necessary||Yes|
|Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town||Various - Refer Fremantle Visitor Centre|
|Availability of Taxis at Pier||Yes|
|Availability of Public Transport at Pier||No|
|Other Forms of Transport at Pier||No|
|Distance from Ship to Tour Buses||Various - refer Fremantle Tourism Association|
|What is the Normal Coach Capacity||45 - cater for all needs|
|Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned||Yes|
|Are Refreshments Provided on Buses||No|
|Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses||No|
|Are Step Stools Provided on Buses||No|