Distance from Perth: 21km (30 minutes)

Known for: History. Cappuccino Strip. Fish and Chips.

Fremantle is a historic port side town of Perth – in fact, it’s the capital’s oldest town. You’ll quickly discover it has a vibrant arts scene and plenty of boutique shops for some retail therapy. Enjoy the gourmet café culture of Fremantle for breakfast and browse local boutiques for unique or vintage finds.

Fremantle is as much about the place as it is about the people. Meet friendly characters such as Kidogo Arthouse owner, Joanna Robertson who’s experienced vigorous support of the Fremantle arts and music community for generations.

Visit Fremantle on the first and second day of The South West Edge hero route, or on a two-day adventure or weekend getaway if you’ve limited time.

A group of young people walk outside the iconic brick Fremantle Markets building to show shopping and cultural experiences to be had on The South West Edge road trip
Fremantle Markets. Image by Fremantle Tourism Association

Fremantle Markets

For a true sense of the culture and character of Fremantle, a visit to the Fremantle Markets is a must. From jewellery, to homewares, fashion, food and a selection of rotating artisan stalls, you're almost guaranteed to find a trinket or two to take home with you. But it's not just the stallholders that make this market special - you'll also experience the atmosphere of over a hundred years of vibrant culture and heritage, perhaps even hearing a local busker or two along the way.

Our tip: fill up your picnic basket with fresh fruit and vegetables for your road trip along The South West Edge.

History and Heritage

As Perth's oldest town, Fremantle has a wealth of history and heritage to be explored - from its cobbled streets to old-school buildings and much more. Head underground on a tunnel tour of the old Fremantle Prison - or explore above ground if that's not your thing. Don't miss the WA Maritime MuseumWA Shipwreck Museum and Fremantle Arts Centre.

The Salonnière

When you explore The South West Edge road trip, you’ll meet all sorts of local characters who will give you a glimpse into their world. Immerse yourself in their stories along the edge.

“One of the things I’ve always enjoyed is hosting people,” says Joanna, an Irish-born, East-African raised and Fremantle-enchanted visual artist who has been working in the city’s arts community for more than 20 years. “I love people coming together and I love the nights of music, here.”

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