Cruise ships berth at Fremantle Passenger Terminal or at the D Berth at Victoria Quay. The administration building is dating back to 19th century and has been beautifully preserved. It has won several awards for its cultural significance and heritage. The terminal is within walking distance of shops and restaurants, about 10 minutes away from the city centre. There is a railway station about 10 minutes’ walk from the terminal, and bus stops just outside it as well. There are shuttles to the visitor’s centre, provided by Fremantle Trams. Taxis are also available. There isn’t any overnight parking. The city of Perth is about 30 min drive south of the Fremantle Passenger Terminal.
The local currency is AUD – Australian dollar. As a general rule, it’s better to exchange money once you are in Australia, but the best thing to do would be to research online first, as the exchange rates are always dynamic. There are several online currency exchange options in Australia, but they will be more expensive than just using ATMs or paying with cards. Fremantle seems short of exchange bureaus as we know them. There are 2 travel money shops – Travel Money OZ and Travelex and the rates are negotiable.
The language spoken in Australia is English. The Aussies speak slang, called strine and it’s characterized by some very interesting expressions and by shortening words. Some of the most popular ones are ‘barbie’ for barbeque, ‘arvo’ for afternoon, ‘roo’ for kangaroo, ‘tradie’ for a tradesman, ‘Macca’s’ for McDonalds.
Opening hours and bank holidays – in general, all shops and other services are open 9 am until 5 pm Monday to Friday, and until 12 on Saturdays. Many malls and tourist attractions would be open on Sundays as well with normal working hours.
Tipping in Australia is not as common as it is in Europe and the United States. There are jars for tips, but they are hardly used. You can tip if you are happy with the service, but you don’t have to. There are no service charges added to your bill at restaurants either.
The local time in Fremantle is GMT+8 and the international dialling code is + 618.
Things To Do
One of the city’s landmarks is the Fremantle Prison – it’s the Western Australia’s only UNESCO heritage listed building. It has been built by convicts in 1850s and used as a prison for 136 years, before being decommissioned in 1991.
Another site that represents the city’s relationship with the ocean is the WA Maritime Museum. The museum is home to HMAS Ovens – an Oberon class submarine that was part of the Fremantle World War II allied submarine base – the largest in the Southern hemisphere at the time.
The Fremantle markets carry a completely different type of atmosphere – this of a buzzing, chilled, creative, artsy and outdoorsy city. The markets is actually an over 100 years old building that hosts not locally grown fresh produce stalls, but also fashion, handcrafts, indigenous art, live performances.
The Arts centre is another impressive neo-Gothic building in the heart of Fremantle that was first a lunatic asylum and is now an art exhibition centre that also offers fine handmade souvenirs, free art courses, live music concerts.
Fremantle is also famous with its micro-breweries; it’s the home of handcrafted beer in Western Australia that the Eastern states have followed as well. One of the most popular beer gardens would be Little Creatures – the name was inspired by the tiny yeast cells that turn the malt wort into alcohol. It’s a lively, noisy, family friendly place with wood-fired pizzas and interesting platters to share.
We must mention one of this port city’s main highlights – its beaches. There are many beaches nearby, with beautiful blue waters and powdery white sand. To mention a few – the locals favourite Port and Leighton beach, South Beach, Bathers beach.
Other sights in Fremantle include the Roundhouse – another historic prison, The lovely Esplanade park, the Shipwreck gallery, adjacent to the WA Maritime Museum, and last, but not least, the idyllic Rottnest island.
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