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Fremantle is a dynamic and vibrant port city situated on the mouth of the Swan River. It is renowned for its cosmopolitan atmosphere with strong southern European, particularly Italian influences.
Fremantle was established in May 1829 when Captain Charles Howe Fremantle formally took possession of the area for the purpose of establishing a British colony, which was initially known as the Swan River Colony. Later that year, Lieutenant Governor James Stirling arrived and decided that Fremantle would become a port and that a new colony (today known as Perth) would be developed approximately 20 kilometres up the Swan River on good soil which would allow for the development of agriculture.
In the 1980’s Fremantle became one of the premier tourist destinations in Australia after the victory of Australia II in the America’s Cup. Subsequently the America’s Cup challenge was held off Fremantle’s coast. Fremantle is popular for its maritime history, laid back atmosphere and unique culture that permeates the city.
Fremantle – 7,669
Perth metropolitan – 1,670,953 (2011 census)
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Originally constructed by convicts as a lunatic asylum in the 1860’s, the Fremantle Arts Centre is housed in an impressive neo-Gothic building. The building is also home to the Fremantle History Museum, which focuses on the populations’ diverse nationalities.
The Round House, built in 1831 is the oldest public building in Western Australia. It was originally a local prison and is also the site where the colony’s first hanging took place.
Learn about Western Australia’s relationship with the sea, and discover how it has been responsible for shaping much of this fascinating state.
The famous Fremantle Prison was built by convicts from limestone rock, quarried on site. It was used as a maximum security prison from 1855 until 1991.
Your ship will dock at the Passenger Terminal in Fremantle.
Taxis are available pier-side. If you want to travel to Perth, Fremantle train station is only a short walk from the Passenger Terminal. This service connects Fremantle with the capital city.
There is a vast array of restaurants in Fremantle, many with an Italian flavour including pizzeria’s and pasta restaurants. Some of Perth’s most popular seafood restaurants, micro breweries such as “Little Creatures” and cafes can be found at Fishing Boat Harbour and in South Terrace.
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
The main shopping areas are centred around Kings Square and include department stores, boutiques, supermarkets and many of Australia’s prominent chain stores. A fascinating array of fashion boutiques, gift stores and cafes can be found on Market Street and High Street.
Fremantle enjoys pleasant weather for most of the year. It has a typical Mediterranean climate – winter rains and summer drought.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones are available at the Passenger Terminal and throughout the city. Mobile coverage is generally available. Internet access can be found in Fremantle City.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Fremantle. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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