Fremantle is a great town. Clearly, poorly planned in the very early days, but that feature of the place today is a fabulous redeeming feature of the town. Sydney like in its narrow street hap hazardousness. Wonderful.
Fremantle is very nearly an independent state of Australia, such is the fierce connection to the Freo identity and ‘near hate’ for being a suburb of Perth.
The city is named after Captain Charles Fremantle, the English naval officer who had pronounced possession of Western Australia and who established a camp at the site. The city contains well-preserved 19th-century buildings and other heritage features.
During World War II, Fremantle was the second largest base for Allied submarines operating in the Pacific theatre. There were up to 125 US, 31 British and 11 Free Dutch submarines operating out of Fremantle.
Fremantle is renowned for its well-preserved architectural heritage, including convict-built colonial-era buildings, an old jetty and port, and prisons; presenting a variety and unity of historic buildings and streetscapes. These were often built in limestone with ornate facades in a succession of architectural styles.
The Fremantle War Memorial is a standout.
The Fremantle Hotels are mostly turn of the century classics
Fremantle is a wonderful ‘city’ and should be treated as a completely different entity to Perth; i.e. imagine Fremantle is a 100k away. That done be sure to devour it.