The city was named after Captain Charles Fremantle who arrived on the HMS
Challenger on the 2 May 1829 by Sir James Stirling, WA’s first Governor. Today
Fremantle reeks of history including its rich convict past, remarkable colonial
buildings fully restored, and cobbled streets with a fine harbour to boot. Most
of the streets are named after sea captains, explorers and famous citizens.
items of interest include the Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Prison, the new
West Australian Maritime Museum, The Round House Western Australia’s oldest
public building (See photo), which has been used as a prison, servants quarters,
local police lock up, private quarters and now as a public attraction.
Fremantle, WA’s cultural hub also has its own grass roots festival. Each year
over 10 days people from around the world come to celebrate arts, culture,
sports and recreation activities. Other festivals include the Fremantle
International Jazz Festival, Buskers Festival and the Fishing Fleet Festival -
more information on the events can be found on the
local council website.
Check out our listing for
Perth Metropolitan accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel
guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination
for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.