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Cottesloe Beach :
How to get there : at Perth train station catch Train Fremantle Line, Perth Station Platform 7 and stop at Cottesloe Station Platform 2. Then walk 10min in Forrest St until the beach. The fare is approximatively 40min.Claire Bibab
With the Cottesloe trainstation close by you should definetely consider to catch the train to Fremantle which another amazing and famous suburb.derrickmeetspaul
But there’s more… Fremantle!
Sunset while sailing But there’s more… Fremantle! My absolute favourite city in this area (in my opinion better than the city centre of Perth) is Fremantle. “Why?”, you ask. Well, I love how a city is alive, I love the noise, but I don’t like the feeling of being trapped. In the city centre, there are huge buildings and it’s nowhere near the ocean. Also, it’s much more crowded, filled with businessmen and -women, backpackers, and families. Fremantle is a city, but much smaller and way slower. Everyone is living at their own pace. It’s right on the beach and it has a beautiful harbour. I was in Fremantle almost every weekend. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can enjoy the Fremantle Markets. I loved strolling from stall to stall. They sell pretty much everything: food from every country, jewellery, art, souvenirs, leather bags, nail art, henna, posters, and other stuff you don’t need. You can even get a haircut or a tarot card reading. With buskers here and there, the atmosphere is cheerful. Outside of the market, there are always street artists and this guy who makes wooden whistles sounding like Australian birds. Totally useless, but sounds kind of cool.Leanne Wolfs
Fremantle Fremantle is a nice little town not far from Perth and you could easily fit a day trip in from Perth without having to rush yourself at all; just take the train and you’ll be there in no time! The prison is a definite must if visiting Fremantle and a variety of tours are available to suit your budget and time frame, but all offer the opportunity to see parts of the prison and learn of its history. Other hotspots to go visit (and free!) would be the Round House, Shipwreck Galleries, E-shed markets and the not so free but still worth a visit Maritime Museum. There are also a crazy amount of places to grab a bite to eat so you will not be lost for choice at all and might even have to get yourself more than one dinner from wanting to try it all out!Lisa Ward
It is named in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and it is located in the central business district. There are river cruises if you want to visit Fremantle and Rottnest Island. Bring your child to go on a Merry-Go-Round ride. Dine in with your loved ones at riverside dining. Enjoy the view and relax. Elizabeth Quay Bridge lit up at night, it looks great and beautiful with the color changing.Megan Tan
Next stop -> ROTTNEST ISLAND
We didn’t really had an idea of that place we would go to, of course not after only 3 weeks living in Australia. So fully packed with our camping gear and way to many clothes we went to the B-Shed in Fremantle to take the Ferry which brought us to the Island. When we arrived we first didn’t know what to do with all our luggage and of course it was pretty heavy so not that good to carry. So after we went to the information centre of Rottnest Island we finally had a map of the Island to figure out which way would take us to the Camping Ground-by foot. As I just said our Luggage was really heavy so don’t make the same mistake we made and carry all the luggage you have to your place of stay by yourself. There is a service you can take advantage of to get your luggage to the Camping Ground or your holiday house so that you don’t have to carry it all the way up there-how we found out went we left the Island. But we felt much better after we arrived at the Camping Ground when we saw that the Camping Spot is directly next to Pinky Beach and one of the Light houses – where you can see breathtaking sunsets by the way!annika-schildener1
You can easily spend a whole day in Freemantle, strolling around the small town having a look at the cozy shops and have lunch at one of the restaurants in town. When you got tired of that you should take a visit to the Fremantle Prison that has a lot of history. There are different tours to choose from depending on what you feel like. I chose the night tour which was in the evening and you were guided in the prison with only torches as a light. I can tell you this was really spooky, I came out of the prison with goosebumps all over my skin. If that is not your thing Fremantle has a lot of beautiful beaches to choose from. In the afternoon it is also really good for kitesurfing if you are up for that. What I did after a day in Fremantle was to go to the supermarket, buy a six-pack of beers and a bag of chips and go to the Bathers Beach and watch the sunset. Because you are on the west coast you will have a perfectly amazing view of the sun getting down. Trust me, I saw some amazing sunsets on my time of Australias West Coast. So just sit enjoy your cold beer and watch the sunset.Joline Lyttinen
Fremantle: History Meets Hip
Fremantle isn’t just a place to sip coffee or sample locally brewed craft beers. It is also shrouded in a short yet fascinating history of early Australian ‘free-settlers’, British convicts and maritime life, making it a haven for historical buffs too.Bec Sorby
Fremantle: a city from A to Z
Sunset over Port Beach in FremantleNea Steele
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