Fremantle is one of the best-preserved Victorian ports in the world. Its luxury hotels and mansions date back to the gold rush in Australia in the 19th century. The Round House is the oldest building in Western Australia.
Freo, as the city is also known, “attracts free spirits”, according to the guide books. ‘Hipsters’, artists, surfers and tourists are attracted by its bohemian cafés, its Victorian architecture and its artistic culture. The port city hosts the largest festival in Australia, Fremantle Festival, which has been held every November since 1905. Up to 75,000 people come to enjoy the concerts and performances. The Street Arts Festival, which is the meeting point for mime artists, jugglers and graffiti artists every April, is also the largest of its kind in Australia. In May, the Heritage Festival commemorates the founding of the city and its colonial history, while Hidden Treasures festival brings together rock groups every July. Not to forget that Bon Scott, the lead singer of AC/DC who died in 1980, was born in Freo. His grave is a place of pilgrimage for many music fans.
Gastronomy is also the star of the show at several festivals, including the With Chilli, Tomato and even Sardine Festivals, its no wonder that Freemantle is a gastronomic hub in Australia, bringing together thousands of seafood lovers. In the Cappuccino Strip area there are some of the largest fishmongers in the country, as well as shops selling other fresh produce. Breweries and Asian restaurants line the Fishing Boat district. The most emblematic bar in the city is Little Creatures, located in an old ship which used to house a crocodile farm.