Fremantle
Fremantle Markets
Fremantle City Hall
The Round House
Indian Ocean Sunsets
As much as I likes Perth, the city is stayed in Fremantle, set at the
point where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean, is the highlight of this
area. Perth has a very modern look, but Freo (as the Aussies call it) has
maintained many of it's colonial era buildings and has a attractive feel and
laid back atmosphere about it. I arrived in Fremantle on a Sunday, and they
have famous markets on the weekend, but the crowds were so big I wondered if
there were any people left anywhere else in Western Australia. The markets
were good, but still not like Melbourne's Queen Victoria market.
Australia's oldest public building is located in Freo, the Round House,
which is right on the Indian Ocean and a great place to watch the sunset
from, which I did every night I was there. Fremantle also has other
interesting sites, including the Western Australia Maritime Museum and the
Old Fremantle Prison. The real charm is in the Esplanade, which has a nice
park on one side and some of the best seafood restaurants I have even eaten
in. Fremantle is also the gateway for Dolphin and whale watching that takes
place about 20 minutes to the south at a city called Rockingham, and Freo is
the closest port for boats going to Rottnest Island.