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#MyFreoStory is your Freo story

We all have a Freo story. From the locals raised in the port city, to the live music lovers or Sunday brunch devotees on the strip, locals and visitors alike have a story to share about Freo. And so #MyFreoStory video competition was born. In early 2016, the #MyFreoStory competition was launched to encourage people to tell their own Freo story, with 40 very unique and heartfelt videos submitted. This included a day in the life of local Freo dog, following a unicyclist’s journey around town to the home of WA Circus, watching a time-lapse artist weave a large red basket around themselves in prominent Fremantle landmarks and Freo-inspired sea shanty “Fremantle, The Pride of WA”.  After much deliberation, 9 entries were shortlisted to determine the overall winner, Shakey’s Story. The first #MyFreoStory winning entry by Oliver Oldroyd and Stevie James Smith depicted the moving true story of a local artist and his strong connection to the Freo art scene and local music legend Bon Scott. We asked the producer Oliver Oldroyd what motivated him and his cousin to enter “We love living here in Freo. There's such a good creative vibe and it's great to be part of it. We love making films and it was also important for us to get Shakey’s name out there and get him recognised for the talented artist he is.” Another entry by a 16 year old student from Perth Modern School, Radheya Jegatheva was “My Journey Through Freo”, voted on the youtube.com/fremantlestory as the best film in our people’s choice category. This young film maker gave us a view of all the things he loves in Freo by filming on his mum’s iPhone. We asked Radheya what motivated him to enter “A bit of everything to be honest, but one of the main messages that I wanted to convey through my video was that Freo is a city that can cater for all sorts of people of all ages - and that there was so much to do and so much to see.” After viewing all of last year’s great films we couldn’t get enough, so in late March we launched the second 2017 #MyFreoStory video competition and are waiting in anticipation for the new stories. If you want to check out last year’s films or submit your own #MyFreoStory video visit fremantlestory.com.au/myfreostory. Competition closes 22 May 2017.

Army Museum of Western Australia

The Army Museum of WA has a collection that encompasses material from the pre-federation period through to the present day, covering both peace-time army units as well as the involvement of West Australians in all major conflicts and operations that Australia was engaged in throughout this period including the South African War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, South Vietnam and the more recent operations such as East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. The role of women's services in many of these major conflicts and operations is also integrated with the museum's displays covering these. Highly recommended as one of the top things to do in Fremantle. Allow at least two hours to explore the excellent interpretive displays that provide unique insights into Western Australia's involvement in these conflicts. Over 100 experienced and knowledgable volunteers assist with the day to day operations of the museum which attracts many thousands of school groups each year.  Easy access via the free Fremantle CAT bus (red route). Stop 8 is a 5 minute walk from the Army Museum. Please note: All adults will require some form of photo ID when entering the museum e.g drivers licence. Last entry is 1 pm.

Bathers Beach Art Precinct Cliff Uplighting

Watch the sun go down and the lights go up. Colourful up lighting has been installed on the coastal side of the Arthur's Head cliff face between J shed and Kidogo as part of the activation of the Bathers Beach Art Precinct. The lights will be turned on at sunset every evening with extra special lights on the weekends! Come down and have a look at this beautiful precinct.

Bathers Beach Fremantle

One of Fremantle's greatest attractions is its coastline of pristine beaches on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Bathers Beach 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. Bathers Beach is a popular beach inner city beach, located between Fishing Boat Harbour and the Round House, is the perfect place to relax and swim. Enjoy fish and chips and watch the sunset.

Birdwatching around Fremantle

Nestled between the Swan River and Indian Ocean, Fremantle provides a number of excellent birdwatching opportunities in some of the most picturesque locations of the metropolitan area. In the coastline areas coastal species such as Crested Tern can easily be encountered, whilst North Mole offers one of the best locations in the metropolitan area to look for pelagic sea bird species such as shearwaters.  The adjoining coastal heath contains species such as White-browed Scrubwren and White-cheeked Honeyeaterand remnant areas of woodland provide habitat for typical bush bird species of the Swan Coastal Plain. A number of birdwatching locations also have excellent recreational facilities, providing options for a family day out. Sir Frederick Samson Park: Red Wattlebird, Australian Ringneck and Australian Magpie, Weebill, Striated Pardalote and Spotted Pardalote Booyeembara Park: White-cheeked honeyeaters, Brown and Singing Honeyeaters and Silvereye. Clontarf Hill: Willie Wagtail, Singing Honeyeater and Silvereye South Beach: Crested Tern, Caspian Tern, White-browed, Scrub-wren, White-cheeked Honeyeater, Osprey Bathers Beach: Singing Honeyeater, Silvereye, Variegated Fairy-wren, Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Tree Martins, Welcome Swallows, Nankeen Night-Heron North Mole: Pied Cormorant, Crested and Fairy Tern, Arctic Jaeger, Silver Gulls, Wilson's Storm Petrel, Australasian Gannet, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Brown Skua and Giant Petrels Sandtrax, Port & Leighton Beach: Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pied Oystercatcher, Red-capped Plover, Red-necked Stint, Sanderling, White-browed Scrubwren, Singing Honeyeater, Nankeen Kestrel, Fairy Tern Cantonment Hill: Silvereye, singing Honeyeater, White-browed Scrub-wren North Fremantle Reserves: Australiasian Darter, Pied, Little Pied, Little Black and Great Cormorants, Crested, Caspian and Fairy Terns, Pied Oystercatcher, Red-capped Plover, Red necked Stint, Common Sandpiper. Download the full Birdwatching around Fremantle guide in the attachment section of this listing or pick up a printed copy at Fremantle City Library or Fremantle Visitor Centre. *Information from the Birdwatching around Fremantle guide-produced by Birdlife WA and City of Fremantle, funded by the WA State Natural Resource Management Program though the Parks and Landscape’s bird-friendly gardens workshop project-a South West Group NRM initiative.

Captain Cook Cruises WA

Captain Cook Cruises is Perth's premier cruise company, offering it's guests a chance to experience Perth and Fremantle from a completely unique perspective, with picturesque cruises along the beautiful Swan River.Cruises depart from Fremantle at Victoria Quay (B Shed) every day at 11.15 am, 12.45 pm & 3.45 pm, arriving in Perth's CBD at the magnificant Elizabeth Quay (Barrack St Jetty). Unlimited tea and coffee is available to you as your Captain points out all the sights including some of the magnificent homes overlooking the river, the Royal Perth Yacht Club, Kings Park and much more. You may even be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins along the way! Guests are able to choose a one way or return cruise, and can also choose to upgrade their voyage to enjoy a buffet lunch and dessert whilst on board. You are also invited to enjoy complimentary premium wine tastings on the 11.15 am & 3.45 pm Fremantle departures.Guests have the option to spend the day exploring the city, with daily departures from Perth to Fremantle at 9.45 am, 11.15 am & 2.15 pm.  Experience all that the magnificent Swan River has to offer with a Captain Cook Cruise and make it a day to remember.

Circus WA

Come down to the Big Top at 92 Adelaide Street and discover the thrill and joy of Circus! And get fit! Take on the challenge of walking the tight-wire, mastering juggling, diablo or devil-sticks, hanging from the trapeze or ascending the silks. Whether you are 2 or 82, CircusWA has something for you - Term classes, workshops for schools, community groups and businesses, Circus birthday parties and Tiny Tumblers for 2-4 year olds. Book a trial class or visit our website www.circuswa.com for more information.    

Creative Kids Art Club

Creative Kids Art Club runs art and craft activities for 4 to 14 yr olds. Our classes are run by experienced art teachers, for 8 weeks during the school term, with all materials provided. We cover a range of new projects every term including activities from: painting on canvas, mask making, drawing, decoupage, sewing, sculpture, clay work, papier mache, print making and more. Our classes are suitable for new and continuing students. We also run a holiday workshop program and art birthday parties.

E Shed Markets

Located in a magnificent historical warehouse building on Victoria Quay, right in the centre of the Fremantle Port, E Shed Markets is a stone's throw from the Fremantle Train Station and right next door to the Fremantle Maritime Museum and the Rottnest Ferry Terminals. With a massive licensed alfresco terrace looking over Fremantle's picturesque working harbour, E-Shed Markets is the only waterfront market in Western Australia. From here you can watch the boats and ships pass by whilst enjoying your meal either outdoors or indoors.   Fremantle's E-Shed Markets attracts thousands of locals and visitors. They come for the international food and music, local handicrafts, antiques and collectables, fashion both vintage and new, fresh organic fruit and vegetables, the warm aroma of a coffee and friendly banter from stall holders.

Escape Hunt Perth

The Escape Hunt experience is an activity that is sweeping the world. You are locked in a room that witnessed a crime over 100 yrs ago in old Fremantle. Your challenge is to find the clues and solve the puzzles, that will lead you to the villain. A game that will challenge your deductive and puzzle solving skills. Played as a team of between 2-5 players. The whole experience including photo opportunities and refreshments will take approximately 1.5 hrs

Esplanade Reserve

Esplanade Reserve is a large parkland area, identified by tall Norfolk Pines, in the centre of Fremantle between Fishing Boat Harbour, the West End precinct and the Cappuccino Strip. You’ll also find Esplanade Youth Plaza, the Carriage Café, Tourist Wheel Fremantle, a playground area with swings and a large climbing frame. The parkland is a popular place for families and visitors to relax in the sunshine, enjoy a picnic or take the kids to the playground. It’s been a place for community events, festivals, concerts and families since the early twentieth century when the land was reclaimed from the sea. The original foreshore line can be seen on Marine Terrace. A converted railway carriage, built at the Midland Railway Workshops in 1912 was relocated to the Esplanade in the 1970’s to become the Carriage Café coffee shop. Esplanade Reserve is a short walk from Fremantle bus and train station and the free blue circuit CAT bus stops alongside the park.

Esplanade Youth Plaza

The award winning Esplanade Youth Plaza is located in the heart of Fremantle on the  south eastern corner of Fremantle's Esplanade Reserve. This facility is an iconic world class $1.6M plaza and has one of the most impressive skateboarding areas ever seen in Perth. Featuring an extensive street section that caters for all ages as well as a central focal marine buoy in the middle of the bowl section. The plaza also caters for a variety of other interests such as ping pong, rock climbing, slacklining and parkour. Workshops are run regularly for skateboarding and parkour during the school holidays. The plaza is adjacent to a large playground providing plenty of things to do for younger kids. Come on down for a great day out at the park with great cafe's and restaurants at Fishing Boat Harbour, Essex Street, High Street West End and the South Terrace Cappuccino strip just a five minute stroll.