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Published on April 27, 2016 with No Comments

Freo is the way to go.

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A wonderful view of the Fremantle coastline.

Words SELENA OH
Images TOURISM WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Western Australia’s port city of Fremantle has been named a “must see” destination for 2016 by one of the world’s most respected international travel publishers, Lonely Planet. Ranked seventh on the book’s list of Top 10 Cities 2016, Fremantle was described as “a raffish harbour town with sea-salty soul to burn,” in the travel guide.

Australian Olympic gold medallist and co-owner of Fremantle dining venues, Bib & Tucker and May St Larder, Eamon Sullivan says Lonely Planet’s recognition of Fremantle is well-earned. “It’s easy to see why so many people love visiting Fremantle – it’s home to world class beaches, heritage architecture and a flourishing food scene attracting thousands of visitors each year.”

Fremantle is famed for its welcoming atmosphere, vibrant entertainment, historic streetscapes and spectacular Indian Ocean backdrop. It is one of the most visited places in Western Australia. The eclectic port city of ‘Freo’, as it’s known to locals, is a cultural and creative melting pot of artists, musicians, designers, writers and performers.

The city is also best defined as eclectic and multicultural. There are scenic cafes to browse, boutique artisan producers to visit and, is currently undergoing a once-in-a-generation revitalisation. More than AUD$1.3 billion worth of development is in the pipeline including a number of hotel developments, new restaurants, small cafes and retail spaces which will take the city to new heights in its appeal as a global tourism destination.

Tourism Minister Kim Hames commented that the city was undergoing its biggest transformation since the America’s Cup defence in 1987. “When you consider all the city has to offer, it’s no wonder that Fremantle should be on everyone’s travel list for 2016.”

Fremantle makes for a great weekend escape from Perth. Visitors can catch a train on the Fremantle line from Perth Station; or do a 30-minute drive. If you’re seeking a more leisurely experience, follow the Swan River downstream on a ferry from Barrack Street Jetty. Once in Fremantle, the city is serviced by a convenient and free shuttle-service known as the Central Area Transit (CAT).

Apart from its bohemian vibe, part of Fremantle’s charm is its well-preserved heritage that provides guests with a rich cultural experience. The city boasts the best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape in the world. In fact, over 150 buildings in the port city are classified by the National Trust, including The Round House (1831), The Esplanade Hotel (1890s) and the Fremantle Prison (1850s).

Established in 1829 as a port for the fledgling Swan River Colony, Fremantle also has a fascinating maritime and convict history. Today, the city retains its strong connection to the sea and is home to a 500-strong fishing fleet, hundreds of yachts and pleasure craft, and two significant historical replica ships The HMS Endeavour and the Duyfken, which was the first Dutch vessel to chart the Australian coastline in 1666.

In this city that prides itself in being authentic with an anything-goes attitude, it does not take visitors long to craft their own unique itinerary. No matter when you time your visit, there will always be a Freo experience to take back home with you.

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Melbourne daily for connections to Perth.

 

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