Located at the mouth of the Swan River, Fremantle has been the major port for Western Australia since the very beginnings of European settlement in 1829. Despite its proximity to Perth (just 14kms upriver), Fremantle has maintained its own unique identity which is reflected in its mixture of colonial, late Victorian and Edwardian architecture; some of Australia’s best-preserved convict era structures can be found here. Although Fremantle Ports continues to be a major revenue earner for the city, Fremantle (pop. 29,000) also boasts a thriving commercial fishing fleet and is increasingly popular with tourists who come for its al fresco dining, convict monuments, quirky shops, museums and weekly produce market.
Since the opening of The University of Notre Dame Australia in 1989 Fremantle has also been known as ‘a university town’ and supports a growing student population.
Schools and Departments
Central Fremantle is compact, flat and easy to negotiate on foot or by bicycle. Free blue and red CAT buses link landmarks such as the Fremantle Arts Centre, Maritime Museum and Fishing Boat Harbour. Buses and trains operate from Fremantle to Perth, Rockingham and Mandurah. There is a regular ferry service from Victoria Quay to Rottnest Island. The crossing takes around 25 minutes.
Out and about
Fremantle may have started life as a knockabout 19th century port, but these days ‘Freo’ is better known for its ocean-fresh seafood, craft beer and barista-quality coffee. Apart from enjoying the city’s well-preserved colonial streetscape visitors can explore cultural icons such as the WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle Round House and the Fremantle Prison. The colourful Fremantle Markets provides a weekly dose of retail magic and pavement entertainment, while the Fishing Boat Harbour offers plenty of laid-back dining options – plus craft beer at the original Little Creatures brewery.
Address: 23 High Street, Fremantle, WA
Phone: +61 8 9433 0533
Acknowledgement of Country
The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of this land, the Wadjuk people of Nyungar nation and pay our respects to Elders both past and present for they hold the knowledge, the language, the traditions and culture of their people and their land.