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Round House

The Round House is the oldest public building in the State of Western Australia. Opened in January 1831, just 18 months after settlement, it was built to hold any person convicted of a crime in the settlement and was used until 1886. Round House is open between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday.The cannon is fired daily at 1 pm, preceded by a talk by one of our volunteer guides commencing around 12.50 pm (weather permitting).  Visitors are welcome to apply to act as our Honorary Gunner.  We recommend advance bookings to avoid disappointment - just check out our web site for more information

South Beach Fremantle

One of Fremantle's greatest attractions is its coastline of pristine beaches on the edge of the Indian Ocean. South Beach Fremantle is perfect for swimming, relaxing, kite surfing, paddling and other leisure activities. There is a wide range of facilities that can be accessed year round, and are utilised by locals and tourists alike. Located in Fremantle's inner harbour, close to the centre of Fremantle, South Beach is a family friendly beach with superb views of Rottnest, Carnac, and Garden islands. South Beach is the perfect place to enjoy a swim, a picnic or BBQ. Enjoy a coffee or a meal at the relaxed beachside cafe.

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!

The Aardvark

Central Freo's new home of live music! Relaxed vibes and live music four nights a week in our subterranean fun cave. Good times underground - and that's just the start! The music is live & original, the bar has a great spirit range, and the wine, beer & food complete the package.  An intimate music venue showcasing live original bands, and discerning DJ's.

The Circus Centre

The Circus Centre is a training and performance centre for aerial and circus arts. We offer an array of recreational classes and industry-leading workshops for adults, adolescents and children. We also provide circus birthday parties, school holiday programs, as well as workshops and performances for events. "It's not magic. It's Circus!" 

The Pickled Fairy

Come with us on a journey into myth and magic... Do you need inspiration? The Pickled Fairy & Other Myths is the place to come. Would you like to take a fairy dare? Just choose a fairy and she will have a special message for you. If you need gifts for groups, the fairies can help. For a party with a difference, ask us how. Help to spread some fairy magic. Join us in writing a story, or join our Fairy Action to help the planet. Spend some time in the land of Myth and Magic - and enjoy!

Timezone

CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS FROM 9TH OCTOBER 2018! RE-OPENING THIS SUMMER! With over 30 years of "serious fun" under their belt, the people down at Timezone Fremantle sure know how to make your experience at Timezone the best you've had! Established in 1978, the First family entertainment centre was opened in Perth, WA. Unlike the traditional pinball parlors and pool halls of the era, Timezone was the first family oriented video amusement facility. This family emphasis is still a key focus of the brand today. Customers get to win fabulous prizes from the extensive range of unique and branded quality products from its prize counters. Equipped with the latest and classic games, Timezone offers its customers a truly fun-filled experience.     

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.

Victoria Quay

Visit Victoria Quay to experience Fremantle's historical port side waterfront with a backdrop to Western Australia's biggest and busiest working port. The iconic Western Australian Maritime Museum, Leeuwin Ocean Adventures, the Welcome Walls, Fremantle Passenger Terminal, B Shed and a collection of unique markets, cafes and bars are all on Victoria Quay which is only a stone throw away from Fremantle's CBD and train station. Victoria Quay is an ideal spot to escape the bustle of Fremantle's centre and soak up some cool ocean air. The Rottnest Ferry and Captain Cook Cruises leave regularly from Victoria Quay in front of the B Shed.  The Maritime Museum houses several unique galleries that explore WA's relationship with the sea and home to the winning America's Cup yacht, Australia II, an Oberon class submarine — HMAS Ovens, Jon Sanders' Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history. Get a taste of what it is like to be on board a barquentine tall ship, the STS Leeuwin II - a truly unique and memorable experience. The STS Leeuwin II offers a 3-hour coastal sail open to the public, which operate from late October until late April. Or you can simply stroll along the quay, enjoying the movement of the port, watch the sunset and see what the local fishermen are catching on the day. You might even spot a pod of dolphins. Fremantle red CAT bus, stop 1.

WA Maritime Museum

Located on Victoria Quay, Fremantle, perched overlooking the Indian Ocean and Fremantle Harbour, the WA Maritime Museum displays some of Western Australia's most unique maritime pieces. Collected over many years the wide range of exhibits include the winning Americas Cup Yacht (Australia II), an Oberon class submarine - HMAS Ovens, the Welcome Walls, Jon Sanders' Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history. The WA Maritime Museum also hosts many exhibitions in their unique galleries throughout the year and is the perfect place to explore and learn about the history of the WA coastline. Also worth a visit and part of the WA Museum is the Shipwreck Gallery on Marine Terrace The WA Maritime Museum is educational and great fun for the whole family, young and old. It's must do on the list of things to do in Fremantle. Check the website for school holiday activities and things to do with kids. The museum is a short walk from Fremantle Train Station and Bus Port or jump on the free central area transit bus (red CAT) and get off right outside the steps of the museum.

WA Shipwrecks Museum

The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. The Museum is housed in 1850s-era Commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA's treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh plate, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.

Westcoast Jet

Westcoast Jet's 850hp Open Ocean Jet Boat "Okiedokie" has been around now since 1999 thrilling (and wetting) 10's of thousands of locals and tourists from all over the world. We get the big thumbs up from overseas visitors who most say, "the best boat ride they've been on". With a 100%, yes folks, that's a 100% safety record over the last 15 years of operating Open Ocean Jet Boat Tours, we'll take care of you! Our skippers are highly trained and experienced in operating 12 metre Jet Boats on the Fremantle waters, which can be pretty tricky when the Freo Doctor comes in, but that's the way we like it.The "Ocean Encounter" begins straight away after a comprehensive and relaxing safety demo. We power up, pedal to the metal, flick on some choice tunes (loud) and off we go on an unforgettable, awesome, wet, wild and fun Boat Ride with a difference. With a generous mix of funky fishtails, serious slide-outs, peachy power stops, wicked wake surfing and super 270deg spins (sea conditions permitting), you can't go past this blast!