Fremantle is a surprise. I never tire of wandering around its historic streets. It has a totally different ambiance to Perth, which is so close in distance, yet so far in character. Freo is quaint and quirky with old buildings which line the streets in faded glory giving a glimpse into life in days gone by. There’s history on display. You don’t have to seek it out.
But Freo is modern too. There’s a thriving arts’ scene, fabulous restaurants and a vibrant weekend market in front of which you’ll generally find a performing street artist or two.
I’ve written about some great things to do in a previous post :13 Fabulous Things to do in Fremantle on a Long Weekend, so today I’m going to write around Different things to do. Things you might not necessarily know or find out about on a first visit.
A weekend in Freo
We had to go up to Perth on business and decided to overnight in Fremantle instead of in the big smoke itself. We had no plans, no agenda, but just wanted to soak up the sights, sounds, and smells of Freo and let the city awaken our senses again. Which it did.
The first freewheeling quest we gave ourselves was to explore the public sculptures which are dotted around the streets at various vantage points.
Fremantle boasts a plethora of historical and quirky sculptures which preserve a sense of history and display the esoteric creativity which abounds in Freo.Some of the statues we discovered include Bella a life size bronze bathing beauty seated at the entrance to Bathers Beach just off the waterfront. The sculpture is created by iconic Fremantle sculptor Greg James.
Other sculptures by Greg James include the Coastguard, outside of the seafood restaurant Cicerello’s, which is a huge steel sentinel looking out to sea. Along the waterfront there’s the Fishermen statue, and also a statue of Bonn Scott Jovi the iconic ACDC frontman rocker who hailed from Fremantle.
Street art in Fremantle
Where to wine and dine
The Fremantle Doctor
“I’ve always disliked having suitcases and wardrobes in hotel bedrooms with all your stuff getting strewn around. Why not have a suitcase stand, hooks and a wardrobe in the bathroom, in the actual place where you are more likely to want to get changed, as you come out of the shower? So we decided to make the bathrooms into spacious wetrooms with a dry area used as a dressing area.”