Fremantle: Bountiful, bohemian with beautiful beaches

Fremantle: to be explored

Looking for a fresh destination? Fremantle, Western Australia, affectionately known as ‘Freo’ by locals and travellers alike; this lovely coastal city South of Perth has a unique culture just begging to be explored.

Manfred and myself at South Beach


The swimming pontoon at South Beach

Beaches and bounty

Australia is known for its beach culture, and the clear salty water of South Beach was cooling after the hot sun. The famous daytime breeze ensured we turned our attention towards wandering the streets of the city centre and local suburbs.  Google map of Fremantle

Strolling along South Beach Fremantle

History of the settlers

Freo sits on the mouth of the Swan River, where Sir Charles Fremantle landed before the swell of people arrived to step upon Australia’s shores for the first time. Freo is famous for its 1800s gold rush and maritime history. Exploring the old port area provides one with an atmosphere of relaxation and adventure. The ferry to nearby Rottnest Island (19km/30 minute journey) leaves from Victoria wharf. An easy stroll from Fremantle train station, one can experience the hustle and bustle of a busy working port. Enjoy the fully licenced cafe, ‘The Express Lane’, whilst awaiting your ferry.  Link to Rottnest Island Ferry Bookings  

Panoramic South beach

Freo’s famous prison

Freo houses Western Australia’s only world heritage building, the largest convict-built prison in Australia which is now a national museum. ‘Welcoming visitors since 1850’, it houses a treasure trove of stories of the convicts ‘transported’ to Australia. Contact: 1 The Terrace, Fremantle Phone (08) 93369200 email: [email protected]  

Aboriginal Art Treasures

Exploring the local art scene, one of the most engaging was the ‘Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery’. This gallery is spacious, over two levels. Not all pieces are on display and the avid art enthusiast is encouraged to forage and look deeper into the collection. You will find a treasure amongst the paintings; the aboriginal homelands, the seasons, the cycles of the land, the night sky and the cosmos provide a visual extravaganza of the heritage lived in this vast and ancient country. Contact: 47 High Street Fremantle Phone: (08) 93358265 email: [email protected]

Japinjka Art Gallery

Art at Japingka Gallery: Janet Golder Kngwarreye; Bush Yarn (Jap 015904)

The ‘Artitja’ gallery on South Terrace was displaying the work of Marina Strocchi’s ‘Coastal Theme’ along with the work of ‘Desert Women’ and their ‘Cultural Expression’ exhibitions. Contact: Phone: 0418900954 email: [email protected]

Artitja Art Gallery Flyer (Left) ‘My work is an intuitive response to nature. I work organically activating the essence of what it feels like to be in the landscape’ Marina Strocchi. (Right) An interpretation of environment by artists from Ninuku Arts in the APY lands and Warlukurlangu in the western desert.

Freo Art Gallery explored

The ‘Fremantle Art Gallery’ displays exhibitions, has a nice gift shop and a cafe where we ate lunch in a sheltered leafy courtyard. Contact: 1 Finnerty Street Fremantle Phone: +61 8 9432 9555 Email: [email protected]

Beauty in the Art Center cafe garden

Luscious grapes in the Fremantle Art Centre cafe garden

Food and wine scene

The food and wine scene, influenced by the people and cultures who have settled in the area, should not be overlooked nor dismissed. A dynamic variety of fresh organic produce, imported and local goodies, tempt the taste buds of the most avid foodie. We lunched at ‘Gino’s’ on South Terrace before strolling along ‘the strip’ where we enjoyed peeking into a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes bustling with happy customers, chattering over their meal, gelato or drinks. Contact: Gino’s Cafe and Trattoria 1-5 South Terrace Fremantle Phone +61 893361464

Gino’s cafe and tratorria: Established Italian cafe with a streetside patio, serving seafood, housemade pasta & gourmet coffee.

Gino’s with sidewalk and al fresco tables for casual dining

Organic delights

Produce, including wine from the surrounding region, is provided to the many cafes, restaurants, bakeries and delis. ‘Galati and Son’s’ in Wray Ave was one of our stops to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and a bottle of nice wine. Operating as a family business since 1958, it was a delight to explore this market. Contact: 19 Wray Ave Fremantle Phone +61 8 9335 6157 Email: [email protected]

Wine from Galati and sons

The Cool Studio – Air BnB

Before arriving at our wonderful Air BnB accommodation, with hosts Ben and Debbie at the ‘Cool Studio’, we sampled an organic coffee and tasty morsels. Debbie shared her local knowledge and her art with which we were very impressed. Just around the corner is the lovely suburban ‘Pear Tree Cafe’ where we enjoyed pizza in the evening and coffee in the morning. Contact: Air BnB for ‘The Cool Studio’ & Kerry Street Pear Tree cafe and woodfired Pizzeria Phone: +61 456 392 447

The ‘Cool Studio’ Hamilton Hill Fremantle

Myself on the deck at the ‘Cool Studio’

Fremantle market

The iconic Fremantle market is bohemian in nature, with a twist of the modern and offers a host of delightful shopping, artisan bread, Italian delicacies, clothing and gifts.

Great coffee

Manfred by some Italian photos in a restaurant

Ginger Morris – for clothing

We followed Debbie’s suggestions and shopped at the quant ‘Ginger Morris’ on South Terrace where we found some lovely modern and colourful clothes to grace my wardrobe. Contact: 271 South Terrace Fremantle Phone: (08) 9430 9060

Pekho – for gifts and clothing

Poking around in ‘Pekho’, a gift and clothing shop, we felt spoilt for choice before settling on a beautiful colourful carry bag. It was just on closing time; however, we could have spent a lot more time exploring the shelves of exciting gift items. Contact: Pekho 1 Wray Ave (just off South Terrace) Fremantle Phone: +61 8 6219 5056 email: [email protected]

Coloured bag from Pekho

Port City Roasters – great coffee, great food

A must is a visit to the ‘Port City Roasters’. Situated on South Terrace, you can buy onsite, roasted coffee beans and deliciously fresh food. Their philosophy of ‘local rules’ as a ‘lifestyle and not just a saying’ supports the neighbourhood which may be in Fremantle or in the coffee plantations, the source of quality coffee beans. We enjoyed the ambience as we ate lunch on the terrace with a friend. Contact: 312 South Terrace Fremantle Phone: (08) 9336 5475 email: [email protected]

Port City Roasters

Gracie and me at Port City Roasters

Local Rules at Port City Roasters

Farewell Freo!

Our trip to Freo was fast, furious and fun. Yet, it was also relaxing, culturally stimulating, and gastronomically enlightening. Freo, don’t forget us, we won’t forget you—and we will be back!

Thumbs up to Fremantle

TeresaGlobalTravels Teresa Lynch

As a young adult, I wanted to travel and write – I now get to do both. In the interim, I became a registered nurse and gained a Masters in Health Science and bought up a family of 4 children – who live scattered around the world, providing me with destinations and stories. I also practice and teach Accunect, a holistic healing practice based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I practice meditation and enjoy my collective and extended family of Oneness and Buddhist friends. My husband loves to cook and we explore the food of the world, particularly Mediterranean cuisine. This myriad of experiences feeds and inspires my writing. We are always researching and planning the next trip.