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Fremantle Tours

Welcome to my guide on tours in Fremantle, affectionately known as Freo to us locals. Fremantle isn’t just a destination; it’s an experience. Its unique blend of the old and the new, the historical and the contemporary, makes it an unmissable part of any Western Australian adventure.

Through my visits, I’ve uncovered the best tours that showcase Fremantle’s diverse charm — from its storied past revealed in the walls of the Fremantle Prison to the culinary delights awaiting in its renowned eateries.

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Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison Tours

Fremantle Prison, one of Western Australia’s most iconic heritage sites, offers a variety of tours from spine-chilling ghost tours to an insightful exploration of the prison’s history.

One of the highlights for me was the “True Crime” tour. As our group walked through the gates, our guide, brimming with knowledge, transported us back to the 19th century, when the prison was built by convict labour. We ventured through the cell blocks, exercise yards, and solitary confinement cells. Listening to stories about the daily lives of the inmates and the harsh conditions they endured was both sobering and fascinating.

For those who seek a thrill, the “Torchlight Tour” is a must. Held at night, this tour added an eerie dimension to the already haunting atmosphere of the prison. Armed with nothing but a torch, we explored the darker corners of the prison, and the guide’s tales of ghost sightings and unexplained occurrences had us all on edge.

The most physically challenging, yet incredibly rewarding, tour was the “Tunnels Tour.” This unique adventure required us to don helmets and descend into the labyrinth of tunnels beneath the prison by ladder. We then boarded small boats to navigate the submerged passageways. It was a surreal experience to paddle through the tight spaces where prisoners once toiled in the dark, damp conditions. The sense of history was palpable, and it was a stark reminder of the ingenuity and resilience of those who built and maintained these tunnels.

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Fremantle Street Art

Convicts, Culture & Street Art Tour

A great walking tour is the Convicts, Culture & Street Art Tour, by Two Feet & a Heartbeat. This immersive tour is a deep dive into the stories and visuals that define Fremantle, from its early days as a penal colony to its current status as a vibrant hub of arts and culture.

As we wandered through the streets of Fremantle, our knowledgeable guide transported us back in time to the days when convicts roamed these very lanes. We visited the iconic Fremantle Prison, where stories of daring escapes and daily life behind bars come alive.

The tour didn’t stop at history; it also celebrated Fremantle’s transformation into a cultural beacon. We explored the thriving art scene by visiting a local gallery and hidden street art that add a splash of colour and creativity to the city.

Our guide also introduced us to Fremantle’s rich cultural heritage, influenced by indigenous histories and the diverse communities that have settled here over the centuries. This blend of cultures is evident in everything from the architecture to the art and even the local cuisine.

The Convicts, Culture & Street Art Tour is perfect for history buffs, art lovers, and anyone interested in understanding the real Fremantle beyond its tourist façade. This tour offers a unique perspective on how the past and present converge in beautiful, unexpected ways, making it a must-do for visitors and locals alike.

Ready to uncover the layers of Fremantle’s past and present? Join Two Feet & a Heartbeat on this captivating journey through time and creativity, and experience a side of Fremantle you never knew existed.

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Fremantle Harbour

Food Lovers Tour

Embark on a gastronomic journey through the heart of Fremantle with the Food Lovers Tour, expertly curated by Two Feet & a Heartbeat. This walking tour is perfect for foodies and anyone keen to explore the local culinary scene through a blend of history, culture, and, of course, delicious food.

The tour begins in the charming streets of Fremantle, where your guide will lead you through historic sites, bustling markets, and hidden laneways, while sharing stories of the city’s past and present. But the true stars of the tour are the stops at some of Fremantle’s best eateries, where you’ll taste a variety of local specialties.

Highlights include sampling the catch of the day at a renowned seafood restaurant, sipping on locally roasted coffee, and discovering small bars that offer craft beers and boutique wines from around the region. Each stop is carefully selected to ensure a memorable experience that offers a taste of the local lifestyle and Fremantle’s culinary best.

Suitable for all ages and dietary preferences, this tour is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon discovering the flavours and stories that make Fremantle a unique destination.

Don’t miss this opportunity to eat your way through Fremantle and fall in love with the city, one bite at a time. Book your spot on the Food Lovers Tour with Two Feet & a Heartbeat and prepare to be delighted by the tastes of Fremantle!

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Excited passengers in red life vests ride a high-speed jet boat, 'Jet Adventures', creating a large splash on the water, with a ferris wheel and beachfront buildings in the background under a clear blue sky
Thrill Jet Ride by CICERELLO’S JET ADVENTURES

Thrill Boat Ride

If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure on your visit to Fremantle, look no further than the Fremantle Thrill Ride, brought to you by Cicerello’s Jet Adventures. This high-speed jet boat experience isn’t just a tour—it’s an adrenaline-pumping journey that combines the rich history of Fremantle with exhilarating speeds and stunning maneuvers on the open water.

Starting from the Fishing Boat Harbour, the Fremantle Thrill Ride takes you on a 25-minute escapade that promises to be as breathtaking as it is unique. As the jet boat roars to life, hold tight because you’re about to zip across the waves at lightning speeds. Feel the wind in your hair and the splash of the sea as you experience thrilling 270-degree spins, fish tails, and power brake stops.

But it’s not all about speed. As you race along the coast, your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating insights about Fremantle’s maritime history and its iconic landmarks. From the mysterious shipwrecks that dot the ocean floor to the storied tales of the old port, this tour offers a perfect blend of excitement and education.

So, are you ready to take the plunge? Book your seat on Cicerello’s Jet Adventures’ Fremantle Thrill Ride and prepare for the ride of your life in the heart of one of Western Australia’s most beloved coastal cities!

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Carnac Island Tour by All Sea Charters

4 Hour Adventure Boat Tour

Set sail on a spectacular voyage with the 4 Hour Adventure Tour, by All Sea Charters Whale Watching & Boat Tours. This tour is the perfect way to experience the stunning natural beauty and thrilling wildlife of Fremantle’s coastal waters. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a family looking for an exciting day out, or a photographer eager to capture stunning seascapes, this tour promises an unforgettable experience.

Your adventure begins at Fremantle’s bustling harbour, where you’ll board a comfortable and safe vessel equipped with all the amenities you need for a pleasant journey.

One of the highlights of this tour is the opportunity to witness majestic whales in their natural habitat. Depending on the season, you might spot humpback whales, southern right whales, or even rare blue whales as they migrate along the coast. The thrill of seeing these magnificent creatures up close is something that resonates with all who experience it.

But the wildlife encounters don’t stop with whales. Keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins, graceful sea birds, and if you’re lucky, a glimpse of the elusive sea lions known to inhabit the area. Each sighting adds another layer of excitement to the tour, making it a true nature lover’s paradise.

In addition to wildlife watching, the tour includes insightful commentary provided by knowledgeable guides who are passionate about marine conservation and the history of the area. They’ll share fascinating facts and stories about the local ecosystem and the efforts to protect it, enhancing your understanding and appreciation of the oceanic world.

Don’t miss this chance to adventure into the blue, where the sea meets the sky, and where every moment is an adventure waiting to happen.

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Small Bar Rickshaw Tour

This tour by Peddle Perth is an exceptional way to discover some of the most interesting and intimate bars in the city, all from the comfort of a pedal-powered rickshaw. It’s perfect if you want to experience the local bar scene in a novel and eco-friendly way.

As the sun sets over Fremantle, your adventure begins. You’ll be greeted by your friendly rickshaw guide, who will be your navigator and storyteller throughout the evening. Settling into the comfortable seat of the rickshaw, you’ll be whisked away to a carefully curated selection of small bars that capture the essence of Fremantle’s eclectic and vibrant culture.

Each stop on the tour offers a unique ambiance and specialty drinks. From rustic, hidden gems where the locals gather, to more sophisticated spots boasting artisan cocktails and gourmet small plates, there’s something to tantalise every palate.

Between bars, as you pedal through historic streets and charming alleys, your guide will point out significant landmarks and share anecdotes that enhance the cultural tapestry of the city.

Whether you’re a solo traveller, a couple, or a group of friends, this tour promises a memorable night filled with good drinks, great stories, and the joy of discovery. So hop on, hold on, and get ready to explore the best bars that Fremantle has to offer!

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Accommodation

Fremantle offers a range of places to stay, from luxurious waterfront hotels to budget-friendly hostels. I’ve found that booking in advance can secure you a spot in some of the quaint, heritage-listed buildings turned accommodations, adding a historical touch to your stay.

Don’t let another moment pass you by. Book your next adventure with us today and dive deep into the rich tapestry that Fremantle has to offer. From convict history to culinary explorations, these tours are designed to cater to every taste and interest, ensuring that your time in Fremantle is not just a visit, but a journey to remember.