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Fremantle - WA

Fremantle has world-famous heritage buildings and a fascinating maritime and convict history. And it boasts the best-preserved example of a 19th-century port streetscape in the world. Essential stops on the history trail include WA’s earliest convict jail, the Roundhouse, Fremantle Prison and WA Maritime Museum. Freo has retained its authenticity, anything-goes attitude and creativity. It’s also a shopaholic’s heaven. Browse through crafts, clothes, jewellery, food and curios in the bustling Fremantle Markets.

You can get around most of central Fremantle for free on the CAT (Central Area Transit) Bus which runs every ten minutes during daylight hours. It is orange with a large black cat on the side. Look for the CAT symbol at bus stops, and maybe even paw-prints on the footpath. The CAT Bus is wheelchair and pram accessible, including kneeling (automatic lowering suspension) and ramp access. Stop #8 is right at the Passenger Terminal.

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Freo, as it’s known by locals, is a vibrant port city you can’t miss

Situated at the mouth of the Swan

Climb aboard Fremantle Trams at any of the six conveniently situated stops and they will show you Fremantle from its bustling harbours, it’s beautifully preserved architecture, the convict built Old Fremantle Prison and the famed Cappuccino Strip and Markets.

Perth is easy to reach by train, which costs about $5.00 for an unlimited day ticket and takes only 30 minutes to get there.

Rottnest Island, or ’Rotto’ as it is affectionately known by locals, is a small island situated just off the coast of Perth famous for its snorkelling, diving, surfing and swimming.

The Fremantle Market - Connected, there are two sheds that houses fruit sellers and a variety of other items that you may wish to purchase, be it souvenirs or music CDs. Also, open on Sundays. There is a large Cole’s Supermarket one block away from the cruise dock.

Festival of Fremantle: This 10-day festival in November is the city’s largest annual event, featuring street parades, concerts, exhibitions and free performances.

Shops and services are generally open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and until lunchtime on Saturday. In cities and larger towns, many shops stay open late on Thursday or Friday evening - usually until 9pm - and all day on Saturday. Shopping malls are often open on Sundays as well.

In remote country areas, roadhouses provide all the essential services for the traveller and, on the major highways, are generally open 24 hours a day. In tourist areas, even ones well off the beaten track, tourist offices are often open every day or at least through the week plus weekend mornings; urban information centres are more likely to conform to normal shopping hours.

Tourist attractions such as museums, galleries and attended historic monuments, are often open daily, though those in rural communities may have erratic opening hours.

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