Discovering Fremantle, Western Australia
You would have seen in my last post the delicious food that you can get at the Fremantle markets however there is so much more to discover in Fremantle. I’m beginning to love Western Australia, it’s such a peaceful and beautiful place.
The Fremantle port is the largest port in Western Australia accounting for 75% of imports from sea transport. I’ve been told the second biggest in the world. I could see just how busy it was when I saw the numerous container ships sitting offshore waiting to dock and thousands of cars sitting along the port.
When I was here last week I was still looking for full-time work so we did the ‘I’m skint’ version of sightseeing. After a visit to the Fremantle Markets we took a stroll towards the water and found the very beautiful Esplanade Park. It’s a great place for relaxing or having a picnic or taking the kids I guess. Once we had laid down for a bit we took a walk through the busy seaside bars and restaurants, admired the fancy yachts and then took a dip in the Indian Ocean.
We wandered around the shore line and out to the South Mole Head Lighthouse to watch the ships come in and enjoy the views.
It was getting late in the day so we headed back into town to get to Coles Supermarket before it closes….at 5pm! What the hell! Western Australia hasn’t relaxed weekend trading hours yet, so no chance of getting a decent choice of food for dinner after 5pm. Anyway enough ranting.
Now that I have a full-time job I am looking forward to seeing more highlights of Fremantle including the only World Heritage listed building in Western Australia, Fremantle Prison.
Top Tip – Free bike hire from WA Visitor Centre
Get around that bit easier and fit more in to your day with free bike hire from the WA Visitor Centre. I’ve never seen this before, great idea and they supply a helmet and a lock! You’ll need to provide a $200 deposit for the standard bike and $500 for the electric bike.