Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

1-Day Guide to Fremantle, Australia

I want to first acknowledge that we are living in uncertain times. If you haven't yet read my post all about COVID-19 and how we can band together to help (stay home!) please read it here. I posted a series of polls on my Instagram page and the large majority of you asked me to continue creating and putting out content as usual as a way of maintaining normalcy. So, I thought this would be a perfect time to dig into our archives and post travel content that escaped us at the time.

I will be starting a weekly travel series that's going all the way back to our World Cruise in 2016 when I was the Plymouth Gin Explorer on the Queen Elizabeth Cunard ship. We will be starting with Fremantle, an old port city known for its architecture and hipster shops and cafes. We thought it was the perfect introductory city to Australia. Here is our 1-day guide to "Freo" (as the locals call it).

Fremantle Prison

Arguably the most important thing to see in Fremantle is the Fremantle Prison. A World Heritage site built by convict labor, it was a maximum security prison from 1855 until 1991. Guided tours are offered and are the best way to experience the area and to learn it’s full history.

Fremantle Markets

After spending the morning at Fremantle Prison, take a short walk to the Fremantle markets Friday through Sunday to experience some amazing food, culture, and local crafts. A great spot especially if souvenirs are your goal. 

Cafes and Shops

A short walk from here and you will find yourself surrounded by the incredible architecture, bookshops, pubs, and cafes throughout town. We explored a bookstore and grab a cup of coffee while in this part of town.


Little Creatures Brewery

After working up an appetite, it’s time to enjoy Little Creatures on Fremantle’s fishing port, one of Australia’s first microbreweries. Grab a table outside and enjoy the views, the decor, and incredibly delicious craft beer and food.

Fremantle Seaside

After enjoying lunch, take time to enjoy a stroll along the harbor. The boardwalk offers scenic views and relaxation.

Maritime Museum and Roundhouse

Back towards the seafront, you will come across the Roundhouse and the Maritime Museum. The Roundhouse is the oldest public structure in West Australia, and was the original convict prison, before the much larger Fremantle Prison was built. Admission is by donation, so feel free to pop inside.

Fremantle is a great introduction to Australia and also a gateway to Perth (where we went afterwards). Stay turned for next week’s post all about it on this weekly travel series! Have you been to Freo? What was your favorite experience?