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Fremantle in 24hrs

Warmly dubbed ‘Freo’ by locals, Fremantle, Western Australia’s
historical port city has a hippy vibe, arts and adventure

Article by: Lynn Gail

Article in: Asia Spa May/June 2019 issue

Start your stopover with a barista-brewed coffee along
Fremantle’s famous Cappuccino Strip on South Terrace.
Choose an al fresco table in one of the cosmopolitan cafes and
watch the world go by.

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast at rustically furnished
Bread In Common. Their hand-built ovens use a long
ferment and slow mixing technique resulting in a wood-fired bread
that tastes like ‘grandma used to make’. The menu will have you
stumped for a selection and each carefully created dish combines
tasty, local ingredients.

Head to Fremantle Harbour and delve into some maritime
history at WA Shipwrecks Museum. It’s free to enter the
now restored 1850s military building where you’ll find original relics
and artefacts from ships wrecked along West Australia’s treacherous
coastline in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Continue with the maritime theme and head to WA
Maritime Museum. Perched on the edge of Victoria Quay,
overlooking the Indian Ocean, the building mirrors a maritime
form with its hull-shaped structure rising 34 metres and extending
out over the sea. Climb into the Submarine HMAS Ovens and find

out what life was like aboard a submarine in World War Two. Visit

long-term exhibits at the WA Down Under Gallery, where you can
immerse yourself in the marine life found along the WA coastline.

Indulge in wholesome dishes at Moore & Moore Cafe.
Housed in a contemporary art gallery and furnished with
an eclectic assortment of antiques and curio, this unique eatery
has a passion for preparing meals using ingredients sourced from
around the world. Check out the rustic gallery – every few weeks
there’s a new exhibition by local or national artists.

Time for some adventure – don a hardhat and take a
tour of Fremantle Prison’s underground ladder system.
Experience how life was like for the convicts who dug out tunnels
20 metres below the surface in the 1880s. The tunnel network was
constructed to provide Fremantle Town and the prison with fresh
water; prisoners were given better food and shorter sentences due
to tough conditions. The two and a half hour tour runs daily, and
bookings are essential.

After climbing up and down prison tunnels, a refreshing
beer will quench your thirst at the Sail and Anchor, a
popular pub serving craft beers in the heart of Fremantle. There’s a
wrap-around balcony upstairs where you can sample some of the
40-plus brews on offer.

On your way to dinner, walk through an open-ended
tunnel under The Roundhouse and head to Bathers Beach
– there’s a protected bay, perfect for a dip if you’re visiting during
summer. Opened in 1831, the Roundhouse is the oldest public
building in Western Australia and was used to hold prisoners. Now
the tunnel pipes ocean sounds through its speakers serenading

Book a table at Bathers Beach House. Boasting a prime
beachfront location, you can watch the sunset while
enjoying Western Australian wines as you peruse a menu of fresh
seafood, chargrilled meats and enticing deserts.

Before turning in for the night, head to the Esplanade
and catch the last ride on the Tourist Wheel, rising 40
metres above Fremantle to see the harbour lit up at night. The ride
lasts around eight minutes, with far-reaching views over the area.

Wander back through Fremantle and check into the
Hougoumont Hotel, a purpose-built boutique property,
innovatively constructed using sea containers. Named after the last
ship to transport convicts to Fremantle, guests are invited aboard to
their complimentary nightly cheese and wine ‘togetherness hour’
to meet fellow passengers. A list of the ship’s prisoners, their crimes
and sentences feature on the walls, offering an interesting insight
into sentencing during the 19th century

Concierge Insider
• Check out Fremantle Markets, boasting over 150 stalls and
where you’ll everything from antiques to saris. Musicians and
street acts are performed inside and out as you wander the
labyrinth of vibrant passages.
• Hop-On-Hop-Off Fremantle’s tram. With eight convenient stops,
your driver will provide entertaining commentary as you tour
the port city highlights.
• For ocean-bound luxury, jump aboard a private yacht and let
Jazzia Experience Sailing show you how to harness the power
of the wind as you set sail from Fremantle Harbour.