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.

For more information please visit experienceperth.com or fremantleports.com.au



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.

Best Hotels

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

Best Beaches

  • Port Beach
  • Cottesloe Beach
  • Scarborough Beach

Golf Courses

  • Fremantle
  • Burswood Park
  • Joondalup Country Club
  • The Vines Resort
  • Araluen Country Club
  • Meadow Springs Country Club

Tennis Courts

  • 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

Specialty Products

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.



Working hours

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.

Port health

Health Declaration One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only


Ground Operations

The following Ground Handlers are CDU members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.

Port Approach


Arrival Departure Restrictions No
Tidal Variation 0.9 metres
Prevailing Currents 0.6 metres
Prevailing Winds
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
Diameter 426 metres
Depth 13 metres
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


Port Services

Shipping agents

The following CDU members offer superior service throughout the region.

Port Operations/Services

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
Website www.barwil.com
Email sydney@barwil.com.au
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
Website N/A
Email operations@beaufortshipping.com
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
Port officials
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.


Telephones Yes
How many 10 lines
Notice required Yes


Fuel Grades All
Quay or barge Light and diesel by pipeline heavy by barge
Suppliers Major supplier BP Fremantle


Fresh Water Yes
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

Dry garbage

Dry garbage Yes
Barge alongside Yes
Containers available Yes
Size of containers 205 litres Sulo mobile bins
Number available Unlimited
Incineration or dump Dump - bins washed sterilised and cleaned when emptied. Garbage truck can empty 60 bins per hour
Facilities to transport Truck


Port Operator

Port operator

Name Fremantle Ports
Address 1 Cliff Street
Telephone 61 8 9430 4911
Facsimile 61 8 9336 1391
Web Site www.fremantleports.com.au
Email Address mail@fremantleports.com.au

Berth details

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
Security fences Yes

Nearest ports

Australia Bunbury
Nearest Overseas Port Singapore


Meet and Greet Facilities: Yes
Toilet Facilities Yes
Telephones In terminal
Availability of Maps and/or Brochures Yes
Souvenir Shopping No
Money Exchange No
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

Tour buses

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



Tourism operators in Western Australia: