Fremantle, known as Western Australia's 'other capital', was established in 1829 as a port for the young Swan River colony. For much of its history it was Western Australia's major city.
It was Australia's first port of call for many migrants and still has a rich mixture of cultures and nationalities. It remains the state's major commercial port for imports and exports.
Fremantle has some wonderful examples of mid-Victorian and Edwardian architecture. The find old buildings are well preserved and many galleries, restaurants, shops and offices are resident.
The popular tourist town attracts people from at home and abroad, all enjoying the lively, yet relaxed lifestyle. Having said that, because of its popularity, it can be difficult to find a parking spot in Fremantle, and Scoot Freo can help you out there.
With one of their scooters you can cruise the coastline, follow the river and pull in for refreshments on the cappuccino strip or maybe get yourself some fish and chips to go.
The 50cc scooters are easy to drive as there are no gears to change. Just twist the handle and you're on your way.
Real Italian gelato is impossible to beat. Visit Amano (Italian for hand-made) and you will think you are back in the old country. The resident chef creates the creamy delights fresh each day and the hardest part for customers is deciding which flavour to choose. You will be rewarded by a taste sensation with low-fat content and containing no additives, preservatives, artificial flavours or colours.
Two Italian cousins began the business in 2005 and they now have several stores in WA. Their aim is to educate and delight Australians to the difference between just ice-cream and real Italian gelato! They also make a pretty mean sorbet, using fresh fruit.
After a guilt-free gelato or two, you may feel like visiting Off The Wall. Right at the mouth of the cappuccino strip, the store whips you to northern Europe as you explore their vintage, furniture and lifestyle stock.
It attracts a diverse crowd going there to shop, hang out, listen to music or just to meet other people. You're likely to come across pottery collectors, lovers of vintage clothing and the local skateboarders. Everyone is welcome to enjoy and appreciate the style of Off The Wall.
Fly by Night is a not-for-profit community musicians' club and music venue, founded in 1986 by musicians and music lovers. It has a history of local and international musicians, actors, comedians and circus performers who have shown their talents on the Fly's stage.
Some of Western Australia's best-known bands have seen their beginnings there John Butler Trio, the Waifs, Eskimo Joe, the Flairz and the Panics are just a few.
There is always a great line-up, so if you're heading to Fremantle, check out their website.
Across the park from the beautiful Hotel Esplanade is Little Creatures Brewery. They brew on the premises and drained from huge vats right before your eyes as you enjoy delicious food while overlooking the harbour. They brew pale ale, Little Creatures pilsner, Roger's beer and bright ale.
Fremantle is about 20 minutes south of Perth.
Scoot Freo one-hour scooter hire is $20 per person. A helmet, full tank of fuel and no-excess kilometres are included. You can hire scooters on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and they will deliver and collect the vehicles if required. You need to have held a car licence for more than one year and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
Little Creatures Brewery is open every day from 10am to midnight and brunch is served on weekends from 9am.
Virgin Blue has flights to Perth.
One-way fares from:
- Adelaide $199
- Melbourne $229
- Sydney $235
- Darwin $290
- Brisbane $299
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way online. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at May 15, 2008 and are subject to change.
Prices correct at May 15, 2008.
For further information
Phone: (08) 9336 5933
Mobile: 0412 933 659
Fax: (08) 9246 2940
6 South Terrace
Ph: (08) 9336 1695
Off The Wall
6 Market Street
Ph/fax: (08) 9336 4435
Fly By Night
18 Parry Street
Ph: (08) 9430 5976
Little Creatures Brewery
40 Mews Road
Ph: (08) 9430 5155
Fax: (08) 9430 5640
Fremantle Visitor Centre
Ph: (08) 9431 7878
Ph: 136 789
Ph: 1300 303 777
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