Fremantle (known locally as "Freo") is the port that services Perth, located at the mouth of the Swan River, just 22 kilometres (30 minutes travel) south of Perth city. Fremantle was the site of an early tent city settlement in 1829, followed closely by establishment of Perth a few kilometres further up the Swan River. Fremantle has a strong historic maritime association and it is still a busy port city. The suburbs between both cities merge, so it is one continuous city area along the Indian Ocean coast.
Available accommodation ranges the full spectrum, from budget to luxury. Try the Fremantle Hostel Backpackers, Pirates Backpackers, Sundancer Backpackers Resort if you’re looking for hostel or backpacking accommodation. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced hotel, the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle is located in a prime position overlooking parkland near the harbour and short walk from South Terrace and the Fremantle markets. Quality Suites Fremantle is also centrally located for access to local attractions. Treat yourself with a luxury stay at Be.Fremantle apartments on the harbour, or head just north of the city on the Swan riverfront to Pier 21 Apartment Hotel for great river views, free parking and good location if you have a car. Hougoumont Hotel has a very central location and offers guests light breakfasts and hosts cocktails in the afternoon.
Visit the Fremantle Weekend Markets on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday for souvenirs, antiques, locally made soap and nougat treats or for a light lunch from one of the little food stalls that offer international food like paella, arepas and gozleme. See the historic old former Fremantle Prison which was built by convicts - even do a tour at night! Fremantle has well-known white sandy beaches at Port Beach, Leighton Beach and South Beach. Surfing lessons are available at Leighton depending on the time of year. Bather's Beach is within the sheltered harbour area and also has seasonal markets.
Visit the world-famous Little Creatures Brewery to sample their award-winning beer or a glass of wine at the boutique brewery on the harbour waterfront. Enjoy alfresco coffee or a meal while you shop or people-watch on trendy South Terrace. Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is a major tourist attraction with plenty of boardwalks, cafes and restaurants.
Fremantle is 28 kilometres from the airport. From Perth it's easily accessible by road or train. Stirling Highway (5) is the main route for road travel between Perth and Fremantle. Fremantle also has free red and blue Central Area Transit (CAT) buses which you can get on and off to travel around the main city area. Additionally, there is a dedicated train line from the main Perth Station direct to Fremantle which brings passengers right to the south side of Fremantle on Elder Place. From here catch a red CAT bus along Queen Street to South Terrace, the main street of Fremantle.