Bathers Beach, Port Beach, Leighton Beach and South Beach are the best places for swimming, sunbaking and relaxing in Freo. Fremantle is quite famous for its beachside markets and the ever-changing faces of its fascinating stalls, open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You'll find everything here, from herb stalls to Indigenous products to ethnic cuisine to cookie specialists with to-die-for flavours like red velvet, lemon pie and panna cotta! Besides the markets, there are plenty of unique specialist stores scattered around town, offering endless opportunities to shop until you drop. After 40 years, the Myer store, right in the middle of Freo, closed its doors in 2013. A team of creatives then set to work to recycle and redesign the huge space and turn it into "MANY", a very cool alternative department store, now home to local artists, fashion designers, graphic artists, retro clothing collectors, artisan food producers, baristas, hair dressers and much, much more. So make sure you pack your credit card!
After all that shopping, you'll need a coffee break. Besides the well-known "Cappuccino Strip", which runs from the train station to the markets, there are quite a few hidden gems in Freo, where you can sip on a great cup of coffee or munch on an organic snack. Hustle on High Street is very popular with the locals and, on Sundays, a D.J. comes in to spin some records. Another great live music venue is the funky X-Wray bar, next to the Lunar Alternative Cinema. The Raw Kitchen is also a popular spot, specialising in raw, vegan, organic and gluten-free food. If you're a tea drinker, you'll love The Little Concept, which specialises in rooibos tea and unique combination flavours like iced chocolate peanut butter chai! Of course, no visit to Freo would be complete without visiting the award-winning chocolate factory too.
The biggest event of the year is the Fremantle Festival, Australia's longest running annual event, held in late October/early November. Inside of this mega event, there are numerous smaller festivities, such as the Seafood Festival, Coffee Festival, Children's Fiesta and the ever-popular Street Parade. That's not the only event Fremantle is famous for, though. Over the Easter long weekend, thousands flock to Freo to be entertained by the live entertainers at the annual Street Arts Festival.
To get to Freo, jump aboard one of these cheap flights to Perth. From Perth, Fremantle is only a half-hour train trip away and, once you're here, the town is all walkable! Although, if your legs are a bit weary, there are two free bus services, called the Red CAT and the Blue CAT, which are a great way to get to South Beach and back.
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