Tags: port, markets, pedestrian mall
Fremantle is a port city in Western Australia, located 19 kilometres southwest of Perth, the state capital, at the mouth of the Swan River on Australia's west coast.
A coastal city within the Perth metopolitan area, Fremantle has very much the feel of an old port. The city is loved by visitors and locals alike as much for its easy-going pace as for its fine collection of colonial era limestone buildings. It is known affectionately in the Western Australian vernacular as "Freo".
Less than an hour by car or train from Perth, Fremantle is popular with diners, catering for all tastes and budgets. Italian and Asian cuisine is abundant as well as a vast variety of seafood restaurants. There are numerous cafes and coffee shops situated around Fremantle, particularly on its famous 'Cappuccino Strip' - a section of South Terrace given over to alfresco dining since 1977.
Fremantle is also a popular place for its nightlife, second only to Northbridge in Perth's CBD. It attracts people from all over the metropolitan region for its pubs, bars and nightclubs.
The city has an operational fishing boat harbour which contain markets and restaurants, developed as a tourist precinct. Fishing charter boats also operate from this harbour.
Fremantle was the host city for the America's Cup yachting race in 1987, after Australia was the first country to ever win the race, aside from the USA, in 1983. The unsuccessful cup defence was conducted on the waters in Gage Roads, off Fremantle.
For a city of smaller size, Fremantle's population is very diverse. Only 64% of the population was born in Australia. The largest overseas-born population groups come from the United Kingdom, Italy, New Zealand, Ireland and Germany. There are also sizeable Madeiran, Portuguese and Croatian communities.