A culture lover's guide to Fremantle, Western Australia

If you’re in Western Australia and are looking for fun things to do in Fremantle, you have come to the right spot. The city has so much to offer for everyone, whether it’s exploring the historic Fremantle Prison to checking out the famous Fremantle Markets. Below, you’ll find the ultimate guide to Fremantle with eight interesting things to do to experience the city’s unique culture.

Shop at the Fremantle Markets

Established in 1897, Fremantle Markets has long been a go-to for locals and tourists alike. Stroll through the market to taste produce and food at the stalls, discover handmade products from Indigenous artists (which make excellent souvenirs!), and watch local buskers entertain.

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Tour the historic Fremantle Prison

The Fremantle Prison is an iconic building filled with years of history. It’s so special that it became the first building in Western Australia to be recognized on the World Heritage List. Built in 1850, the prison operated for 140 years before opening its doors to the public for tours in 1992. If you’re looking for unique things to do in Fremantle, opt for a tour of the prison’s underground tunnels — it won’t disappoint.

Drink coffee on the Cappuccino Strip

Australia is known for their speciality coffee scene, and Fremantle is no exception. If you’re looking for the coffee lover’s guide to Fremantle, a stroll along Cappuccino Strip is a must.

South Terrace has been nicknamed Cappuccino strip for its abundance of cafés, and because it’s known to have some of the best coffee in the area. After enjoying a coffee (or three!), you can continue walking through the area to discover some of the city’s finest restaurants (it’s also known for its Italian food), pubs and shops.

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Indulge in Fremantle’s craft beer scene

After a day of exploring, check out what’s on tap at one of Fremantle’s craft breweries. The city has a buzzing beer scene and is even known as the birthplace of Australia’s craft beer revolution. From Little Creatures, a well-known brewery that opened in 2000 in an old crocodile farm, to Sail and Anchor where you can an assortment of craft beers on tap, Fremantle is a go-to destination for beer lovers.

Discover local artisans at Fremantle Arts Centre

If you’re looking for things to do in Fremantle that won’t break the bank, check out Fremantle Arts Centre. It’s a one-stop-shop for art, shopping, music and more. Plus, it’s open seven days a week and entrance is free.

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Enjoy fish and chips on the harbour

You can’t visit a port city in Western Australia without trying some fish and chips. Lucky for you, Fremantle has an abundance of options to choose from. The fishing boat harbour has lots of fish and chip shops, as well as a fresh fish market if you want to try the catch of the day. When you’re finished eating, stroll along the harbour and explore the entertainment, shops and restaurants that the harbour has to offer.

Visit a museum

Almost every tourist guide to Fremantle will feature the Maritime Museum or the Shipwreck Museum, and for good reason! These two destinations provide a look into the fascinating history of the port city and can offer hours of entertainment.

Check out the street art in South Fremantle

South Fremantle is home to some incredible street art and murals — some of which you may have seen as a selfie backdrop on Instagram. Go on a stroll through the suburb to take in the impressive works by local artists on the sides of buildings and on the fronts of shops.

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Did we miss any must-do experiences in this guide to Fremantle? Let us know in the comments.

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