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Only 19 km from Perth city centre this thriving port city on the mouth of the famous Swan River has many attractions to explore most of them within a 15 minute walk of the Town Hall.

The city was named after Captain Charles Fremantle who arrived on the HMS Challenger on the 2 May 1829 by Sir James Stirling, WA’s first Governor. Today Fremantle reeks of history including its rich convict past, remarkable colonial buildings fully restored, and cobbled streets with a fine harbour to boot. Most of the streets are named after sea captains, explorers and famous citizens.

The new West Australian Maritime MuseumOther items of interest include the Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Prison, the new West Australian Maritime Museum, The Round House Western Australia’s oldest public building (See photo), which has been used as a prison, servants quarters, local police lock up, private quarters and now as a public attraction.

Fremantle, WA’s cultural hub also has its own grass roots festival. Each year over 10 days people from around the world come to celebrate arts, culture, sports and recreation activities. Other festivals include the Fremantle International Jazz Festival, Buskers Festival and the Fishing Fleet Festival - more information on the events can be found on the local council website.

Check out our listing for Fremantle accommodation and Perth Metropolitan accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Fremantle Tourist Bureau
Town Hall Kings Square
Fremantle, 6160
Ph: 08 9431 7878

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Fremantle Attractions

Fremantle History Museum
• Cnr Ord and Finnerty Streets, FREMANTLE WA 6160 • Ph: 08 9430 7966
The Museum is one of Fremantle’s most significant landmarks. Built by the convicts in the early 1860’s to house the ‘insane’ it was known as the asylum. It now showcases the social history and heritage of Fremantle.
Fremantle Prison
• The Terrace, FREMANTLE WA 6160 • Ph: 08 9336 9200 • Email
Built by convicts in the 1850s then closed as a place of incarceration in 1991 after 136 years of continuous use. It was opened to the public in 1992 as a tourist site and in recognition of its heritage value. Today it is one of Western Australia’s premier heritage attractions.
Fremantle Arts Centre
• 1 Finnerty Street, FREMANTLE WA 6160 • Ph: 08 9432 9555 • Email
Housed in a magnificent neo-Gothic heritage listed building, it is one of the State’s most dynamic arts organisations, running a diverse program that includes contemporary visual arts and craft, free Courtyard Music concerts, touring performances and a number of community art projects.
The New West Australian Maritime Museum
• Victoria Quay • Ph: 08 9335 8921
Extensive collection of WA maritime history. The museum is regarded as the southern hemisphere’s leading maritime archaeology research establishment.
The Round House
• 10 Arthur Head, FREMANTLE WA • Ph: 08 9336 6897
The Round House is the oldest remaining building in Western Australia. It was built as a gaol and was the first permanent building in the colony.
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Fremantle Street Arts Festival
• March / April (Easter weekend)
Affectionately known as the ‘Freo Arts Festival’, this popular festival attracts over 100,000 visitors to the port city of Fremantle, to experience the supreme skill and outrageous behaviour of the world’s best buskers and street performances by artists from around the world.
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Fremantle Distance

Distance to Fremantle
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Fremantle:
Albany 415
Bunbury 170
Busselton 220
Margaret River 285
Northam 111
Perth 19
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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