Fremantle is Western Australia’s major commercial port located at the mouth of the Swan River approximately 25 Km south of the CBD. Established in 1829 as a port for the fledgling Swan River Colony Fremantle was the major city in Western Australia for much of its early history. Today Fremantle is still an important working harbour and fishing centre that maintains an obvious commitment to preserving its heritage and culture.
A few words from Fremantle
Fremantle has long been know as Perth's other capital. Established in 1829 as a port for the fledgling Swan River Colony Fremantle was the major city in Western Australia for much of its early history.
As Western Australia's major commercial port it handles the majority of the State's imports and exports. Fremantle is a major tourist attraction for travellers from all parts of the world and attracts large numbers of residents and visitors on a daily basis. Within easy walking and cycling distance, visitors can experience contemporary circus, fine crafts, original music and theatre, exciting galleries, museums, bookshops and buskers. Along with maritime history and extensive architectural conservation, the Arts have become a central part of Fremantle life where visitors can discover the past and present.
Many Arts organisations are housed in historic buildings providing a contemporary use for some of the most spectacular reminders of an earlier history. Fremantle's unique local identity has, in part, been shaped by historical events. Its history as a meeting place for Aboriginal people pre-European settlement; its physical location at the mouth of the Swan River; its history as the Western Gateway to Australia and the first point of arrival for many immigrants; its importance as a working harbour and fishing centre; its significant heritage buildings; its strong labour history; its arts, cultural and sporting activities, and its community spirit all shape Fremantle's identity.
Fremantle provides a unique opportunity for the visitor to experience and enjoy a range of cultural activities in a relaxed atmosphere. A browse through the markets or leisurely stop at one of the numerous cafes and restaurants will complement your exploration of the arts, making a visit to Fremantle a rich and rewarding experience.
Fremantle is located in the south west corner of Australia. It is bounded on two sides by the Indian Ocean and the Swan River.