Show past events?

Most recent

Most popular

Previous blog posts

Related image for Fremantle’s best Christmas shopping ideas

Fremantle’s best Christmas shopping ideas

For Christmas shoppers that love a list or those preferring to browse–here’s Fremantle’s best Christmas shopping ideas and tips to relax and enjoy the festive season...

12 things you can only buy in Fremantle

Did you know 92.9 FM’s Ryan Jon lives in Freo? He’s been checking out gift ideas and found 12 things you can only buy in Fremantle (we quite like the sound of that baby rattle).

There’s nothing like open air shopping

Fremantle is without doubt Western Australia’s best open air shopping experience with the Freo Doctor gently blowing, cafés with parklets and lots of choices for a mid shop pit stop. Where else can you tick off your Christmas shopping and head down to Bathers Beach House to relax. Put your toes in the sand, enjoy a 'long jetty iced tea' and watch the sunset (**sigh**).

Shop with the family

Make the list, plan your stops using our beautiful Fremantle shopping map (↓), and set the reward for the kids when you’re all done (the icecream at Gabriel Chocolate is a winner). There's markets, boutiques, small and large stores where the kids can pick out something special even on a pocket money budget. Break it up with a run around the Esplanade - big kids at the skate park and little ones at the playground or maybe a ride on the wheel. ‘Santa’ might glean some clues for Christmas gifts along the way.

Christmas markets, cooperatives and collectives and uber cool gifts

Fremantle is home to many creative peeps and the markets, cooperatives or collectives are a haven for gifts from local makers and artisans. Look for them at MANY 2.0, FOUND at Fremantle Art Centre, Common Ground and The Artisan Store on High Street or check out the list on our shopping pages .

Pick up the turkey, the ham and everything else for the table - in Fremantle

Whether you bring the people you love together with an Aussie style BBQ or traditional sit down dinner, clove studded hams, plump turkeys, cherries or flowers for the table are waiting at gourmet stores, grocers and delicatessens in Freo. Get an early start at Frank’s on Wray Ave or pop into Kakulas Sister and Little Sister, Freo’s purveyors of groceries and fine foods from around the world. Head over to our groceries and fresh food pages to find more. 

Gifts for the impossible to buy for!

For folks that have everything - experiences hit the mark. A season pass to Luna on SX, tickets to Spare Parts summer show Moominpappa at Sea, a headlining act at Fremantle Arts Centre’s 2019 events program or splurge on a night or two at one of Fremantle’s boutique hotels. Find more inspo here.

Light up your Christmas spirit

Amidst the pre Christmas frenzy it’s lovely to stop and enjoy the season. Light up your Christmas spirit at the free annual City of Fremantle’s Candlelight Carols (this year at Fremantle Oval). Kidogo Arthouse brings in songstress Kavesha Mazella and guest musicians for Carols & Christmas songs on the deck and Fishing Boat Harbour is hosting a special Christmas Festival through December with carollers, circus acts, Christmas lights and markets. Check the Fremantle story special events pages for new events added daily.

That special something

Creations Jewellery and Designers travel the world to find the best diamonds for bespoke pieces available in their High Street flagship store. Much sought after Australian South Sea pearls can be found at Kailis Australian Pearls in Fremantle’s West End precinct and Fremantle Opals have a stunning range of uncut pieces from some of the best opal fields in the world including Australia’s Lightning Ridge.

#shopFREO competition

Thought WA’s best open air shopping experience couldn’t get any better? Well you could also win $500 to spend in your favourite shop in Fremantle! Just ask for the unique code word in 85 + participating businesses when you spend $20 or more in one store. Enter your code word online (and wait for the call!). Two $500 prizes will be drawn each Friday right up to 21 December 2018.

 

Free parking Santa

Keep an eye out for #freeparkingsanta and his elves as their annual visit from the North Pole kicks off in December. They’ll be making guest appearances right up to Christmas looking for shoppers to pay for their parking.

Ed
Read more
Related image for Fremantle invites you to come to the fire

Fremantle invites you to come to the fire

Fremantle Festival returns this year with a series of events bringing people together in a celebration of community. Immerse yourself in the colour and pageantry of the Blessing of the Fleet, discover the beauty of Australian Indigenous culture at Wardarnji or bring the family down to a blaze on the beach with the return of Kraken.

Wardarnji is a dynamic experience of Nyoongar storytelling and dance.

For the first time, the City of Fremantle presents Karla-k Koorling, Come to the Fire, inviting audiences to gather around many fires to enjoy intimate performances, including song, spoken word, puppetry and dance. This is a taste of what’s to come, with the Fremantle Festival set to move to the depths of winter in 2019, with a ten-day immersive experience of wild art and hidden treasures. Intimate spaces, port history and cosy corners make Fremantle an ideal place for a winter festival.  This year’s three-day festival format will pave the way for the transition to an expanded ten-day format in winter in 2019. 

Now in its 113th year, Fremantle Festival is Australia’s longest running festival and continues to evolve as a celebration of one of the most unique cities in the world and its extraordinary community. 

Wardarnji26 October, 6.30 pm (gates open 5.30 pm), Fremantle Arts Centre

Let the beauty of the oldest songs, dances and language in the world transport you to another place, as fires burn long into the evening and people come together to celebrate Indigenous Australian culture. Wardarnji is a dynamic experience of Nyoongar storytelling and dance.

Blessing of the Fleet28 October, from 2 pm, procession begins at St Patrick’s Basilica

Watch the pageantry and splendour of the Blessing of the Fleet as this annual procession makes its way from St Patrick’s Basilica to Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at 8 pm. The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities to ensure a safe and bountiful fishing season. First celebrated in WA by an Italian migrant fisherman, the historical port of Fremantle has been the backdrop to the tradition for 70 years.

Kraken3 November, from 1 pm, Bathers Beach & Arthur Head

Kraken is a blaze on Bather’s Beach centered around the Kraken effigy – a sea monster emerging from the sands. Kraken is a free community event that delivers a small taste of the Blazing Swan Festival presented by the Fremantle based Blazing Swan Inc. Each year this not-for-profit organisation produces the regional Burning Man in Kulin, Western Australia. Surrounding Bather’s Beach the Blazing Swan theme camps offer entertainment and food. 

You are invited to wander the fires enjoying the elements and the voices of Fremantle.

Karla-k Koorling, Come to the Fire3 November, from 6 pm, Maritime Tafe Carpark, Fleet Street

As the sun sets over the Indian Ocean we will light fires to bring together the people of Fremantle. Between the river and sea we will gather, the fires will light the way, keep us warm and centre our community stories. Each fire will host a performance of song, spoken word, puppetry or dance. You are invited to wander the fires enjoying the elements and the voices of Fremantle.

The 2018 Fremantle Festival will run on 26 October, 28 October and 3 November, with a series of free community events. For more information, visit – fremantlefestival.com.au

Ed
Read more
Related image for Performances, workshops & classes in Freo

Performances, workshops & classes in Freo

Drawing workshop with Ross Potter at WA Museum - join this extraordinary artist in a fabulous drawing workshop where you will contribute to a wonderful mural of life-size animals. Using a grid system to combine small observational drawings into a large mural, Ross will teach you drawing and shading skills while you contribute your own patch to a spectacular large artwork.

Theatre camp - Yelo’s five day school holiday camps are first of all about having fun! Youngsters get the chance to work with fantastic directors, learn a scene from the show, and perform it for family and friends at the end of week’s performance.

Photography workshops - explore the As Eye See It exhibition at the WA Shipwrecks Museum and find out about the wonderful world of photography with expert photographer Kingsley Klaus. Develop your photography skills, train your eye and piece together your photos to make a wonderful record of your world as you see it. The best photograph will receive a wonderful D3400 camera prize from Nikon! As Eye See It photographic exhibition is a collection of photographs by young people living in care in WA. Participants were given a camera and encouraged to take four photographs of things which hold a special significance for them and provides an insight into the worlds of these young people.

Kaarla Kaatijin performance at WA Maritime Museum - Kaarla Kaatijin (which in Noongar means to 'understand fire') will use Noongar knowledge and storytelling to deliver traditional stories about fire in an exciting and engaging way. Come on a journey into the lives of Djitty Djitty (Willy Wagtail), Kulbardi (Magpie), Yonga (Kangaroo) and many more familiar friends as they explore the importance of Kaarla (Fire) in the next chapter of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company’s immersive Kaatijin series.

Fremantle Arts Centre (or FAC) – where do we start? FAC has an extraordinary range of classes these school holidays for all interests and age levels. 3D animating, pop art selfie painting classes to contemporary hand stitching for teens and all within the beautiful surrounds of the beautiful arts centre (you might be tempted to enroll in a class too).

Kids learn to sail (7-14 years) – learn to sail with the sailing experts at East Fremantle Yacht Club on the beautiful Swan River. No previous experience is necessary and courses run across 4 days from 8.30 am - 12.30 pm.

The Night Zoo - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Jamie lives in a concrete jungle, a fast-paced and busy city. From her window high above the city Jamie dreams of making friends with animals, but Mum and Dad won’t let her have a pet in the apartment. Tonight, her dreams will take her on a one-of-a-kind visit to the zoo, where she discovers the remarkable joy an animal can bring into her life. The Night Zoo explores the special connection between humans and animals and the importance of caring for another living thing.

Full circus carnival action with Circus WA – workshops for 5-8 years, 9-14 years and 15 + years are a great place to develop some of the tricks of the circus trade including trampoline, acrobalance, aerials, tight wire, hoops and juggling. This is a great way to start your holiday mornings then go home and share your tricks with friends and family.

Inkling Art Space school holiday art classes – draw and sculpt your own monster inspired by Tim Burton’s illustrations or perhaps the Tjanpi Desert Weavers from the central desert to sculpt animals and people. Inkling Art Space once again offers a collection of creative workshops designed to encourage and support creativity in children.

Find more activities on our special school holiday pages. One final tip–if you’re coming into Fremantle for the day we’d recommend parking on the outskirts of the city and riding in on the free CAT bus.

Ed
Read more
Related image for Top 10 fun Freo school holiday adventures

Top 10 fun Freo school holiday adventures

There's a stack of adventures on offer in Freo these school holidays - get the kids outside and enjoy this gorgeous spring weather (there's a few inside options too!).

1. Jet boat ride topped off with a whale watching experience on the ‘Okie Dokie’ during September and October. Westcoast Jet offer the experience of a lifetime on their 850 horsepower open ocean jet boat departing from Fishing Boat Harbour. Book early as these tours sell out quickly!

2. The Escape Hunt Experience in Fremantle is the chance to be your best Sherlock Holmes. There are five rooms split into 3 different themed adventures in varying degrees of difficulty. For beginners try The Lost Treasure of Captain Black Jack, there’s lots of trickery in The Young Wizard’s Quest and you’ll need to really be on your game with the hardest of the three, Escape from the Mine – you’ve got 60 minutes of air. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F6N5u2lYkk

3. Fremantle Prison Tunnel Tour is for those with an adventurous spirit. Wearing a hardhat and overalls you descend ~20 metres below the prison to explore the labyrinth of tunnels built by prisoners. Discover original blast holes, bores, oil lamp recesses and artefacts from the days when working in the tunnels was hard labour for prisoners. Guides lead the trek through dry sections of the tunnels before boarding replica convict punts to explore the submerged passageways accessible only by boat. (Minimum age 12 years, bookings essential).

4. The Antartica Experience, a virtual reality adventure at WA Maritime Museum where you can explore a day in the life of Antarctic scientists as they research this mysterious continent and the effects of climate change. This is the first documentary of its kind, filmed in Antarctica in 2018 in spectacular 360-degrees with 4K, high-resolution images. Bookings essential http://museum.wa.gov.au/museums/maritime/antarctica-experience

5. Rollerskating – Tony and Isabelle have been operating the Rolloways Leisure Centre in O’Connor since sometime in the eighties if the retro wall carpet is anything to go by. It’s one of the oldest skating rinks in Perth. Sessions are two hours long and entry includes skate hire if required – or you can bring your own skates. Check the website for the school holiday timetable. No credit card or eftpos here – it’s cash only.

6. Army Museum of WA Victoria Cross Exhibition – commemorating the centenary of the last 100 days leading to the Armistice of 11 November 1918, the Army Museum presents a special exhibition featuring six original Victoria Crosses together with the story of their recipient and the action resulting in the award.

7. Fremantle Public Golf Course – did you know Fremantle has a public golf course! It’s only 9 holes but we are told it’s a tricky combination of narrow fairways and small greens where the Freo Doctor can be your best friend or worst enemy. You can hire everything you need and you can even tootle around the course in a motorised buggy.

8. Learn about Fremantle’s dreamtime stories - take a journey to the time of the Wadjuk, the traditional Nyoongar custodians of Fremantle, Perth and the Swan River. Indigenous Tours WA share Fremantle's untold history spanning 40,000 years from the Dreamtime to the arrival of the early explorers and settlers.

9. Bouldering – firstly you might ask what is bouldering? It’s a form of indoor rock climbing on 4.5 meter high climbing walls. Problems (the boulders) are climbed without ropes or harnesses with one person climbing at a time. Portside Boulders has over 100 problems available within the one bouldering area at any one time and problems stay on the wall for 4 weeks before being changed. So there will always be something new to climb at Portside!

10. Watch the whale migration – there are two main species of whales that can be sighted off Fremantle’s coastline, the boisterous and graceful Humpback Whales are a crowd favourite and if you’re lucky you’ll see the Blue Whales – the dinosaur of the deep. Whale Watch WA tours depart from Sardine Jetty in Fishing Boat Harbour – it’s the experience (and an adventure) of a lifetime. Use the promo code FREOSH18 when booking online to receive a 10% discount off your booking.

New adventures just listed…
Kids learn to sail
Drone flying lesssons
School holiday locked up tours
Survivor skills circus workshop

Stay longer in Fremantle with your second hour free parking at Parry Street, Point Street and the new Cappuccino Strip Car Park.

Ed
Read more
Related image for Ten things to do in Fremantle - free or under $10

Ten things to do in Fremantle - free or under $10

School holidays roll around 4 times a year – so why does it always catch us unprepared? We’ve put together the top ten things to do in Freo that are free or under $10 so you can save your dollars for a morning or afternoon treat.

Expand your playground horizons (pick up some yummy picnic treats from Kakulas Sisters or one of the bakeries in South Fremantle). Tuckfield Oval (new) it’s a hidden gem but it has the best views over the harbour and Swan River. Samson Park is Fremantle’s bush forever park with winding nature trails, jarrah, marri and tuart trees, wildflowers in September and it’s the home to over 50 bird species, reptiles and bats. Booyeembara Park (also known as Boo Park) offers large grassy areas, swings, a small skate park and a large pond waiting for paper boat racing! *Tip brand new playgrounds have been installed at Sir Frederick Samson Park, Davies Park, Davies R eserve, Gilbert Fraser Oval, Fremantle Park and Fremantle Leisure Centre.

Esplanade Youth Plaza has been voted one of the best skate parks in Australia by the people that use it, the kids, and there’s a cool etiquette between skaters of all ages and skill levels, sharing the space.

Get the bikes out–South Beach to Leighton Beach is a flat ride all the way with plenty of stops for a rest & a snack along the way. Early starters can pick up free bike hire at the Fremantle Visitor Centre (in the Town Hall).

Transportation Exhibition at Fremantle Prison. This exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia. It’s open til March 2019 and it’s free.

Each day at 1 pm sharp the cannon is fired and the time ball lowered behind the Round House – synchronise your watches everyone. You can register to fire the cannon at http://www.fremantleroundhouse.com.au/bookings (gold coin donation).

Find Fremantle’s amazing street art using the self-guided walking trail at Explore Fremantle. The trail explores the street art in our city, the artistic careers that were born here and the international artists that have contributed to an urban street art collection.

Set a photo challenge to explore Fremantle – try finding the word ‘Fremantle’ in obscure places or perhaps a word sleuth challenge to spell out the letters F.r.e.m.a.n.t.l.e (eg Ferris Wheel, Round House, Exit sign). Post your best on social media (hashtag fremantlestory).

Fremantle Port is WA’s largest general cargo port and the daily activity of the harbour as ships arrive and depart to and from exotic destinations is great viewing from Victoria Quay or looking back from the South Mole. You can find shipping movements on fremantleports.com.au

Visit a Fremantle gallery: September and October sees three significant exhibitions opening. Dark Swan–Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodes–a contemporary re-imagining of the romanticism of the Victorian; the annual Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award and KOPA at Moore’s Building Contemporary Art Gallery celebrates the 100 year anniversary of independence of the three Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania.

The Batavia is one of Australia’s oldest known shipwrecks. It was wrecked on the Abrolhos Island’s off the coast of WA in 1629. It was located 300 years later, the timbers of the hull and artefacts excavated, and put on display at WA Shipwreck Museum in Fremantle (entry by gold coin donation). Tip: Batavia is also the former name of Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta.

Just in - free parkour workshops at Esplanade Youth Plaza - for more info and to register click through to the City of Fremantle website.

One final tip–if you’re coming into Fremantle for the day we’d recommend parking on the outskirts of the city and riding in on the CAT bus–it’s free too!

Ed
Read more
Show all blog posts