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Wander the Fremantle Markets

The weekend markets are the heartbeat of Fremantle, combining art and photography with tie-dye T-shirts, tasselled hammocks and a buskers corner. Out the back there's a buzzing food court where you can eat gozlemes, barbecued corn and fresh made paella. Open all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the markets also have stalls of cheap, fresh produce. Street performers draw crowds at the entrance off South Terrace.

Get spooked at Fremantle Prison

Get acquainted with Fremantle's colonial past and venture in to the World Heritage Fremantle Prison, where you'll hear rollicking tales of Irish escapees and cheeky bushrangers; add drama by going at night. Reservations are essential for the 90 minute Torchlight Tour. There's also a 2½ hour Tunnels Tour, in which visitors are provided with hard hats, overalls, boots, and headlamps before descending 20 metres (65 feet) into the tunnels beneath the prison.

Walk into history

Join a two hour walking tour with the knowledgeable guides from Two Feet and a Heartbeat. The three-hour Sailors Guide to Fremantle takes you through the places once popular with the Dutch and English seamen who lived here. The two-hour Convicts and Colonials tour includes stories of Irish prison escapees, bushrangers and plenty of quirky historical anecdotes as you wander past heritage buildings, some built by convicts.

Eat at Fremantle's foodie hot spots

Fremantle is home to a number of unique eateries, such as Moore & Moore, where planter boxes and bike racks welcome you at the door. Pass clusters of reclaimed furniture and a chaotic kitchen before emerging into the sunlight where you'll find a table-laden back garden. For great ocean views, hit Bathers Beach House for lunch – you'll feel like you’re eating on the sand. Nearby is Bread in Common, a fantastic lunch or dinner spot filled with naked globes, communal wooden tables and pared-back brickwork. Manuka Woodfire Kitchen is another gem, with everything on the menu cooked in the wood oven. Find it tucked away near the markets.

Remember Bon Scott

Pay your respects to the late Bon Scott, the hard-living lead singer of AC/DC, a Freo lad who burnt out early (1946–80). He's enshrined in a bronze sculpture, microphone in hand, standing on top of a Marshall amplifier in the pedestrian-friendly Fishing Boat Harbour. The Scottish-born frontman moved to Fremantle with his family when he was 10 years old and his ashes are interred in its cemetery - another spot dedicated fans like to visit.

Shop at Many 6160

Admire the handiwork of local artisans, designers and artists at the boutique collective, Many 6160. In a disused former department store, mini shops run by creative types sell everything from street art prints to handmade hats, one-off furniture, steampunk artefacts and home grown fashion.

Spot the America's Cup winning yacht, Australia II

Perching on the edge of Fremantle Harbour, the Western Australian Maritime Museum houses the Australia II, winner of the 1983 America's Cup. It's more than just a boat. The yacht's win transformed both Perth and Fremantle, putting them on the world map and signifying a time of excess and riches. You can also see pearl luggers, leisure yachts and take a one hour guided tour inside the HMAS Ovens, an 89 metre (292 foot) Cold War-era submarine. Tours depart every 30 minutes from 10am to 3.30pm; reservations are recommended. 

Sip a local craft beer

Microbrewery Little Creatures, started small but it's grown into a global brand, enjoyed around the world. Go to its birthplace and see where the magic began. Part of the fun is the quirky staff - expect to see handlebar moustaches, multi-coloured hair, piercings and tattoos. They're all super friendly and will happily take you on a tasting tour of the craft beers; you can also book into a brewery tour of the airy warehouse and its stainless steel vats. Tours run daily, departing on the hour between 12pm and 3pm.

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