Fremantle is Perth’s straight-talking sidekick, a poky port city with an eclectic twist.

Formerly a working-class outpost on the Swan River’s harbour, Freo (as it’s known to mates) has retained its raffish ways. The city’s preserved streetscape provides the perfect stage for a buzzy arts and music scene. Fremantle takes pride in its indie innovators, who are represented at the city’s boutiques, markets and dining precincts. Broad beaches, a collection of museums and harbour-side boardwalks keep the nautical connection alive.