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ANZAC Day 2018

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia commemorates the ANZAC Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War. The City of Fremantle is proud to support and host a number of events in 2018 and to have the opportunity to honour and pay respect to those who have and are serving our nation as part of the Armed Forces.

ANZAC Day 2018 Dawn Service

Join us for a moving ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Fremantle War Memorial, Monument Hill from 5:50 am, Wednesday 25th April 2018. Two large screens will be installed behind the monument, with a third screen installed further down the hill on the High Street side of the reserve so that all attendees can clearly see the service on the cenotaph. Expected conclusion of the service is approximately 6:30am. REGISTRATION DETAILS For those who wish to lay a wreath during the service, it is very important that you register your attendance so that the City’s events team can include you in…

ANZAC Day 2018 Portrait Photography

This year on ANZAC Day the Esplanade Reserve will again house a pop-up professional photography booth where all are invited to have their portrait taken and printed on the spot ready to take home. Photographer Monica Defendi will be providing this free service from 7.00 am until 11.30 am, offering a professional backdrop, photography environment and on the spot 5x7 inch prints. Dress your best to show your support for the men and women who have served our country. We encourage people to wear medals of loved ones to have them included in the photograph. All are welcome to utilise…

ANZAC Day 2018 North Fremantle Service

Gather around Fremantle's first war memorial and join members of the Fremantle City and Bicton-Palmyra RSLs along with the North Fremantle Amateur Football Club and students from the North Fremantle Primary School in remembering our fallen. About 550 men out of a population of 4,000 from North Fremantle served overseas during World War I.  Just over 100 did not return and in 1921, a committee of the Mothers and Widows of those that had fallen was organised to raise funds for a memorial to their loved ones.  The site on the corner of the reserve next to the Town Hall…

ANZAC Day 2018 March and Closing Ceremony

Cheer on the marchers through the streets of Fremantle and follow the crowds back to the Esplanade for a closing ceremony. For those participating in the parade, assembly is at 9.45 am and step off is 10.15 am. The march route is as follows: Departing from the Esplanade Reserve along Marine Terrace, up Collie Street and left onto Pakenham Street, then right onto High Street, right at Market Street and along South Terrace, right down Essex Street and back along Marine Terrace to the Esplanade. The parade concludes at the Esplanade Reserve where a Closing Ceremony will take place at…

Free Dance Classes West Coast Swing

Free West Coast Swing dance classes, everyone welcome! Sunday 29th April 12.00pm-1.00pm Fremantle Esplanande Hotel ( Indian Ocean Suite ) Part of Go West Swing Fest 2018

A Sunday at Guildhall April

The ultimate Sunday session - with a courtyard spritz bar and chilled out DJ tunes. ~ free entry~ doors open 2 pm ~ late-night DJ tunes~ food by Propeller (if you find yourself peckish)~ close to the North Fremantle Train StationIf you want to secure a spot, pull together ten or more friends and reserve a table. Bookings are limited, contact us ahead of time to secure a space (email events@guildhall.com.au or call 0422 748 370).

#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.

Fremantle's top 10 free school holiday activities

Sharpen the kids’ word sleuth skills with the #Freo_Babble hunt, visit the museums, hire a bike - here's our top ten free things to do with the kids. 1. Transportation Exhibition at Fremantle Prison In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia, Fremantle Prison’s new exhibition Transportation examines the forced migration of convicts from Britain to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. 2. #Freo_Babble letter sleuth game Pick up a #Freo_Babble map from Fremantle Visitor Centre, WA Shipwrecks Museum or Oxfam or download and collect the letters from Freo businesses to make out the mystery song title. You could win fabulous prizes including a $500 shopping spree. 3. Visit the shipwrecks at WA Shipwrecks Museum Recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere and housed in a 1850s-era Commissariat building 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. 4. Free bike hire from Fremantle Visitor Centre This free bike hire service with bikes for adults and kids (8+ years) operates from the Fremantle Visitor Centre in Kings Square. Bikes can be used anywhere in the Fremantle area. There are a limited number of bikes available for hire so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Read our South Beach to Leighton cycling blog for bike ride ideas. 5. Take a spin at the Esplanade Youth Plaza Pack up the kid’s skateboards, scooters or roller skates and spend an afternoon at one of the most popular skate facilities in the metro area. There’s also places to try ping pong, rock climbing, slack-lining and parkour and the playground adjacent to the plaza has swings and a giant climbing frame. Bring a picnic or grab a bite to eat from nearby cafés and restaurants all within walking distance. 6. Firing of the cannon at the Round House Opened in 1831, Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia. Hear the story of why the cannon is fired every day at 1 pm – visitors can even apply to act as the honorary gunner! 7. Self-guided walking trails Explore Fremantle attractions, history, cultural heritage and the arts with one of the Explore Fremantle walking trails. There are eleven trails to choose from including street art, Walk with the Windsors, heritage highlights and Manjaree. The trails work on iPhone and Android devices (you can connect to FREBytes free wifi in the CBD). 8. Visit the giant fish tanks at Cicerello’s Over 50 species of marine life, all collected in Fremantle waters housed in a giant aquarium holding over 20,000 litres of water. 9. Bird watching around Fremantle Get to know the species of birdlife around Freo. Download a copy of the Birdwatching around Fremantle guide and challenge the kids to spot an Australasian darter or a Wilson’s Storm Petrel. 10. Swan River, beaches, parks and playgrounds Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that create the best memories and Fremantle has amazing outdoor spaces for the kids to run around... skimming stones under the traffic bridge, collecting shells at South Beach or a picnic beside the lake at Booyeembara Park, here's some of the best spots. After you’ve exhausted the kids there are plenty of kid friendly places to pick up lunch or a drink (the nature play area behind Moore & Moore and Paper Bird Children's Books and Arts is a favourite). Our school holiday program has some great coupon offers from local businesses and don’t forget to tag @fremantlestory on Instagram–we’d love to see what you get up to.


Free events

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great day out in Freo. There is always something spontaneous happening on the street and many Fremantle activities and events you can enjoy for free. Visit Fremantle during one of the great festivals and experience the buzzing atmosphere of busking, street performers and parades. Call into the museums and see some of the free exhibitions or browse the beautiful art exhibitions in Fremantle’s best galleries and studio’s.