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Indoor itinerary for stormy days

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Indoor itinerary for stormy days

Hi, we will be arriving Perth this coming Sunday. The weather forecast indicate possible storms and rainfall of 10mm-30mm. Initially, we plan to visit Fremantle as the Fremantle market only open during weekend. Since it's a stormy day, any suggestions on the places to visit around Perth and Fremantle? We will travel via public transport.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Indoor itinerary for stormy days

Fremantle Arts Centre or the Fremantle Maritime Museum (not as dull as it sounds :-) ) spring to mind.

Both are accessible on the free Red CAT bus, but you'd have to take the Blue CAT bus all the way around the loop (think of it as a scenic drive :-) ) to one of the crossover stops in Philimore St.

Edited: 08 June 2018, 07:45
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2. Re: Indoor itinerary for stormy days

Here's some general info for Fremantle, so you can choose which is suitable for wet weather like visiting Little Creatures overlooking the harbour entrance:

Fremantle, Historic Maritime City:

Fremantle (known locally as "Freo") is the port that services Perth, located at the mouth of the Swan River, just 22 kilometres (30 minutes travel) south of Perth city. Fremantle was the site of an early tent city settlement in 1829, followed closely by establishment of Perth a few kilometres further up the Swan River. Fremantle has a strong historic maritime association and it is still a busy port city.

The suburbs between both cities merge, so it is one continous city area along the Indian Ocean coast.

Getting There:

Fremantle is 28 kilometres from the airport. From Perth it's easily accessible by road or train.

Road: Stirling Highway (5) is the main route for road travel between Perth and Fremantle.

Train: There is a dedicated train line from the main Perth Station direct to Fremantle which brings passengers right to the south side of Fremantle on Elder Place. From here catch a red CAT bus along Queen Street to South Terrace, the main street of Fremantle.

Free CAT Buses: Fremantle has free red and blue Central Area Transit buses which you can get on and off to travel around the main city area:



Visit the Fremantle Weekend Markets on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday for souvenirs, antiques, locally made soap and nougat treats or for a light lunch from one of the little food stalls that offer international food like paella, arepas and gozleme.

Visit the historic old former Fremantle Prison which was built by convicts - even do a tour at night!

Visit the world-famous Little Creatures Brewery to sample their award-winning beer or a glass of wine at the boutique brewery on the harbour waterfront.

Enjoy alfresco coffee or a meal while you shop or people-watch on trendy South Terrace.


Army Museum of Western Australia - Artillery Barracks, Burt Street, Fremantle

Fremantle Arts Centre - Finnerty St, Fremantle

Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour - (restaurants) Mews Rd, Fremantle

Fremantle Prison - (historical/tours) The Terrace, Fremantle

Little Creatures Brewery - Mews Rd, Fremantle

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery - Henry St Fremantle

The Roundhouse- (historic) 10 Arthur Head, Fremantle

Western Australian Maritime Museum - Peter Hughes Drive, Victoria Quay, Fremantle

HMAS Ovens Submarine - At the Maritime Museum but not included in entry fees. A decomissioned Cold War submarine.

Western Australian Shipwreck Galleries - Cliff Street, Fremantle

Beaches and Coastal Attractions:

Fremantle has well known white sandy beaches at Port Beach, Leighton Beach and South Beach. Surfing lessons are available at Leighton depending on the time of year.

Bather's Beach is within the sheltered harbour area and has seasonal markets.

Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour is a major tourist attraction with boardwalks, cafes and restaurants.


Available accommodation ranges the full spectrum, from budget to luxury. Here is a small selection:

Backpacker-style - try the Fremantle Hostel Backpackers, Pirates Backpackers, Sundancer Backpackers Resort.

Mid/Upper Range - The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle is located in a prime position overlooking parkland near the harbour and short walk from South Terrace and the Fremantle markets, Quality Suites Fremantle is also centrally located for access to local attractions.

Luxury - On the harbour, Be.Fremantle apartments, or just north of the city on the Swan riverfront with free parking Pier 21 Apartment Hotel has great river views and good location if you have a car. Hougemont Hotel has a very central location and offers guests light breakfasts and hosts cocktails at 5pm.


Edited: 08 June 2018, 09:04
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3. Re: Indoor itinerary for stormy days

Based on your previous topic about arriving early on Sunday - tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g255103-i531-k1…

See how you feel when you've settled in at your accommodation in East Perth and are ready to head out. The good thing about staying near Claisebrook station is that you can take a train to Perth station and interchange to one going to Fremantle. Alternatively the free Yellow CAT bus terminus is near Claisebrook station so you could catch the bus to the city centre via Wellington Street - www.transperth.wa.gov.au/timetables/details…

Fremantle Markets is a good place to start on a rainy day. As mentioned above, you could also go to The Shipwreck Galleries, Western Australian Maritime Museum and Fremantle Arts Centre which all have many interesting exhibitions and are great to walk around.

In Perth, I would recommend going to the Perth Cultural Centre and spending time at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (the Corisini collection from Italy is currently on there) and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), or heading to the new City of Perth Library and for something in the evening - catching a movie at Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge.

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4. Re: Indoor itinerary for stormy days

Hi, thank you very much for all your valuable suggestions.

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5. Re: Indoor itinerary for stormy days

Be aware that there is an AFL game on at Optus Stadium Sunday arvo which potentially will impact on numbers of people travelling to/from Claisebrook.

Rain is predicted to ease by early afternoon.

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6. Re: Indoor itinerary for stormy days

Visiting Perth and Fremantle - generally but even more so especially in rainy weather - you should take advantage of some of the best cafes Australia has to offer.

Both Perth and Fremantle are littered with superb cafes, perfect for spending a little time dining on quintessential Australian breakfast/brunches

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