Fremantle, Australia


South Mole Lighthouse, at the end of a man-made jetty, marks the entrance to the Swan River (with Perth upriver to the North) from the Indian Ocean, Fremantle, Australia


“Fremantle is a major Australian port city in Western Australia, located at the mouth of the Swan River [on the Indian Ocean].  Fremantle Harbour serves as the port of Perth, the state capital. Fremantle was the first area settled by the Swan River colonists in 1829.  It was declared a city in 1929, and has a population of approximately 27,000.  The city is named after Captain Charles Fremantle, the English naval officer who established a camp at the site on 2 May 1829.  The city contains well-preserved 19th century buildings and other heritage features.  The Western Australian vernacular diminutive for Fremantle is Freo.” – Wikipedia



Many of the city’s 19th century buildings have been lovingly and beautifully restored, here the old Mediterranean Shipping Company’s headquarters, Fremantle, Australia



Chamber of Commerce building (restored; dating back about 100 years), Fremantle, Australia


Just 30 minutes from Perth, the bustling, dynamic port city of Fremantle has long been renowned for its eclectic mix of arty and alternative types.  Fremantle has recently been named in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016.



A nice mix of architectures in Fremantle, Australia



Proclamation Tree is thriving in downtown Fremantle, Australia



The Boys’ School building has been restored and is no longer a school, Fremantle, Australia


Art lovers are catered for in Fremantle with art ranging from highbrow gallery displays to Indigenous designs, to street art on the sidewalk.  Fremantle is also home to Notre Dame University Australia, whose investment in, and restoration of, many fine old buildings has brought new life to the West End, as students from all over the world fill its streets.



A juxtaposition of architecture from two centuries, with the iron lattice-work balconies of the former hotel contrasting with the stark, modern brick apartment building behind it in Fremantle, Australia



National Hotel, nicely restored in Fremantle, Australia



Typical intricate iron work on balconies of 19th century buildings in Fremantle, Australia



A 19th century church in Fremantle, Australia



Joe’s Fish Shack, an oldie still operating in Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle, Australia



South Mole Lighthouse on the man made jetty (Fleet Street) marks the entrance to the Swan River from the Indian Ocean, Fremantle, Australia


4 thoughts on “Fremantle, Australia

  1. SUGGESTION TO MAKE A VERY GOOD BLOG EVEN BETTER: In each blog show us less well traveled a map of your location and the course of your ship.


  2. Rich,Look at red tree in front of St.George College — big oak tree.  Illawarra flame tree, is a large tree of the family Malvaceae native to subtropical regions on the east coast of Australia. It is famous for the bright red bell-shaped flowers that often cover the whole tree when it is leafless. Along with other members of the genus Brachychiton, it is commonly referred to as a Kurrajong. This tree is tolerant of temperate climates and is now cultivated world-over for its beauty. However, the maximum height of 40 metres (130 ft) is reached only in the original, warmer, habitat. It usually grows to be about 20 metres (66 ft).Brachychiton acerifolius – Wikipedia


  3. I spent more than a week in Freemantle in 1987 but did not see any of the sights you have pictured. We were there for the America’s Cup races and lived on a 57-foot sailboat we had chartered, which was tied up at the Freemantle Annex of the Royal Perth Yacht Club. Everyone wore white clothing; and I will always remember walking into the club with my wife the first night, knowing no one. A club member came up to us, invited us to join him at the bar and said, “No one drinks alone at the Royal Perth.” What nice people!

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