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The Fremantle story magazine | Winter 2017

Kaya, Wanju. Hello, welcome... our Nyoongar greeting for this edition to celebrate NAIDOC Week with its theme this year of ‘our languages matter’. You can sign up for a Nyoongar language class as part of the Djeran seasonal program at The Meeting Place (page 12). Our Freo story writers have picked out six cosy corners and inspired winter reading to warm your insides. And no languishing over winter, the Freo Clubs story offers inspiration to seek out a local haunt for a game of darts, billiards or lawn bowls. Or maybe live music and dancing is more your thing? We’re excited to add another self–guided walking trail to the Explore Fremantle bag. It’s the ultimate vintage shopping trail to help you find an undiscovered retro gem. We recommend adding a few comforting cake stops along the way.  The Fremantle story team Look out for our printed magazine at visitor centres, cafés, galleries, cinemas, restaurants, bars, universities in Perth and Freo. 

Weekday Tunnels Special

Like Fremantle Prison on Facebook and quote promo code 'FACEBOOK' at the time of booking to receive discounted tickets on the Tunnels Tour. Fremantle Prison is offering their Facebook Friends child rates ($40.00pp) on weekday Tunnels Tour until the end of June (valid for tours Monday - Friday, from Monday 12 June - Friday 30 June, inclusive). That's a $20 saving off the full adult price! Contact Fremantle Prison's Ticket Office on (08) 9336 9200 and book your spaces today. Bookings essential. Contact Fremantle Prison on (08) 9336 9200 and book your spaces today. Discount applicable on direct bookings only Promo code must be mentioned at the time of booking Cannot be used…

Winterworld Fremantle

For the first time, the magical Winterworld Australia is skating into the Esplanade Reserve in Fremantle this July school holidays (24 June - 16 July) for 23 days of outdoor ice-skating and snowy winter fun.  Fremantle Esplanade Reserve will be breaking the ice with Australia's largest pop-up outdoor ice-rink sitting 600 square metres accompanied by the cosiest of lodge bars thanks to The National Hotel - sit by the open fire pit roasting marshmallows, sip on delicious hot chocolates, mulled wines and gourmet winter eats - all whilst overlooking picturesque pine trees or taking part in the loads of rides and winter entertainment.  In a WA first, Winterworld Fremantle will feature a REAL snow pit thanks to White Snow - where kids (and adults) can play amongst the snow, build a snowman or have a snow ball fight! The real snow pit will join the ever-popular mountainous inflatable slide, the real ice toboggan and falling snow over the rink that will have everyone talking!

The King of the Hearts | Greg Barr Solo Exhibition

The first solo exhibition of local Noongar artist Greg Barr, featuring a body of new inspired works, at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery.  Open daily 10am-4pm Sat 17 June to Sun 2 July. Greg, who has an intellectual disability, has been a practicing artist since 2009 and has been working towards his goal of having his first solo exhibition for the last 18 months.   The title of the show takes inspiration from Greg’s endearing referral to himself as ‘the king’ of his house, and also from the place from which he paints, his heart. The exhibition features 40 of…

Wildlife Zoo at the Markets

We love having West Oz Wildlife, one of Perth’s leading wildlife petting zoos, at Fremantle Markets. They provide a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with native Australian animals such as koalas, snakes & dingoes. You can usually only glimpse such animals amidst big crowds in larger reserves or zoos. Our Wildlife Zoo offers a more intimate approach, allowing both children and adults to experience these animals in a smaller and more relaxed setting. Entry by Gold Coin Donation. Don't forget your camera!

Fremantle Prison Tunnels Tour School Holiday Special

Are your children aged over 12 and looking for an adventure during the school holidays? Why not visit Fremantle Prison for a Tunnels Tour. Participants will be provided with a hardhat, overalls and boots before charging their headlamps and locking into the ladder system for a 20 metre descent into the depths below. They will trek through sections of the labyrinth of tunnels on foot, board a replica convict punt to explore the submerged passageways accessible only by boat and discover original blast holes, bores, oil lamp recesses and artefacts from the days when working in the tunnels was hard labour for…

NAIDOC Week 2017

Celebrate NAIDOC Week across the City of Fremantle. The 2017 NAIDOC Week national theme is “Our language matters” and to showcase this we have a range of workshops, classes and activities centred around storytelling, Nyoongar language, indigenous books and even stand-up comedy! NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is…

Free Ship Tours of MV Ocean Warrior Sea Shepherd

Come and experience what it's like to live and work aboard a Sea Shepherd Ship. See the newest ship in the fleet, meet the crew and learn about the Ocean Warrior's maiden voyage to Antarctica as well as other upcoming campaigns.

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Family Buffet Movie Nights

Enjoy a delicious family buffet dinner and movie at the Atrium Garden Restaurant, Fremantle. Dinner starts at 5.30pm, then settle the kids in at 6pm to watch Finding Dory while you enjoy your own dinner. Along with your buffet meal, adults can enjoy free coffee and tea and there's unlimited popcorn and fruit punch for kids. This is a great school holiday activity for the whole family!

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Duyfken Replica Ship

Take a step back in time aboard this amazing replica of a 16th century Dutch sailing ship.  Embark on an audio guided or self-guided tour of this unique ship and discover the Dutch maritime story that saw the first Europeans make land fall on the shores of Australia in 1606.  

Free-wheeling Fremantle | Fremantle Visitor Centre

Free-wheeling Fremantle is a free bike hire service suitable for adults and children that operates from the Fremantle Visitor Centre in Kings Square. Bikes can be used anywhere in the Fremantle area allowing riders to explore the city at their own leisurely pace. Fremantle is an easy city to explore by bike. Dedicated bicycle lanes throughout the city and shared cycle paths running north, south and along the Swan River make it easy for cyclists to move around. Although Fremantle is built on a series of hills, the most interesting parts of the city and the popular things to do are…

Fremantle CAT Bus

The Fremantle CAT (Central Area Transit) is a free bus service that operates around the Fremantle central business district. The blue CAT services depart every 10 minutes and the red CAT services depart every 15 minutes. Both services run seven days a week, including public holidays except Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The service operates during these times: Monday to Thursday 7.30 am to 6.30 pm Friday 7.30 am to 8.00 pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10.00 am to 6.30 pm. The Fremantle CAT buses are easily accessible with kneeling actions – a driver activated entry ramp…

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Family friendly

There are plenty of family friendly events throughout the year to keep the kids amused especially during one of the Fremantle festivals. Sunday Music at the Fremantle Arts Centre during summer is a popular way to spend a chilled Sunday afternoon with family and friends. Enjoy one of the simple Freo family rituals, fish and chips or an icecream at Fishing Boat Harbour or stop by the Esplanade Youth Plaza and be inspired by some very talented skateboarders demonstrating their skill.