Eat Up and Explore the Past in Fremantle

Fishermans Wharf, Fremantle, WA. © Tourism Australia

Eat Up and Explore the Past in Fremantle

Immerse yourself in fine food and fascinating history in Fremantle.

Food is always a festive affair in the historic port of Fremantle. This is a city where you can eat in heritage-listed streets buzzing with buskers or on winding alleys lined with art. Your next meal is as close as the music floating out of a colonial pub or the breeze blowing from the harbour. 

Start your food-and-fun tour in Fremantle’s bustling cappuccino strip, lined with outdoor cafes and restaurants and old seafaring pubs filled with patrons from across the globe. For a taste of Fremantle’s famous seafood, the restaurants and cafes along Fishing Boat Harbour are the perfect place to sample some fresh Indian Ocean bounty.

Fremantle also offers continents of other cuisines along its winding streets. Dine out at Asian or Indian or at one of the many lively pizza and pasta joints that testify to the city’s Italian community. For fresh produce, don’t miss the weekend markets where buskers compete with hawkers and stalls of colourful fruit and vegetables. 

This is a city where your dining experiences are shaped by a rich mix of people and generous helpings of heritage charm.  Fremantle is the world’s best preserved example of a 19th century port streetscape, and its streets are filled with stories of convict prisoners, maritime heroes, murderous mutineers and pioneers.

You can taste the past on a day or torchlight tour of Fremantle Prison, the state’s first jail and largest convict built structure. It has a distinctly salty flavour in the Western Australian Maritime Museum, which overlooks the Indian Ocean. Here you can see the winning America’s Cup yacht, Australia II, an Oberon class submarine and the infamous 17th century Dutch Batavia shipwreck.

Explore the city’s convict history on the Convict Walking Trail, which takes you to the Pensioner’s Barracks and Essex Street, once Fremantle’s roughest quarter. Or get a glimpse into life before European settlement on the Manjaree Heritage Trail. You’ll chart one of the oldest oral traditions in the world as you move from Cantonment Hill – place of the dingo spirit - past other important landmarks for the Nyoongar people.

From seafood to shipwrecks, Fremantle has lots to offer both gourmands and history buffs. 

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