Fremantle Journals

Chartings to Freo and Rotto

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A November 2006 trip to Fremantle by EsslingerBrian

Pinky Beach Photo, Western Australia, Australia More Photos
Quote: Fremantle and Rottnest Island are close enough to Perth for a quick day trip, but feel like a million miles away.

Chartings to Freo and Rotto

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Pinky Beach Photo, Western Australia, Australia
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I have done a lot of travelling at my tender age, having been to over 30 countries on four continents. The place I always dream of going back to is the coast of Western Australia. Very few East Coast Australians, and just as few from abroad, venture out to the areas surrounding Perth, the capital of Western Australia.Lying directly on the Indian Ocean, Fremantle and Rottnest Island are two gems of Australia that rarely make it onto the itinerary of those headed to the land Down Under. The definite upside to this though, is that you are able to experience the beauty of these places without being swarmed by other travellers snapping photos, and are able to peacefully enjoy everything on your...Read More

Fremantle Markets

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Fremantle Markets Photo, Fremantle, Australia
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Ever since its incarnation almost 110 years ago, the Fremantle Markets have been providing fresh food, handicrafts, and culture to locals and visitors alike. Located in an historic Victorian building, these markets are part of the history of Fremantle.The produce stalls have a range of fruits and vegetables for sale, ranging from locally Australian grown products to unique Asian produce imported from all parts of Asia. Having stocked up on my fruit supply here, I must commend the freshness of their produce. Since there are over 20 fresh produce stalls, you will be sure to find something that you are looking for, and the competition keeps the prices low for the consumer, considerably lower ...Read More

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Fremantle Markets

Fremantle, Australia

Fremantle Prison

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Attraction | "Fremantle Prison Doing Time Tour"

Fremantle Prison Photo, Fremantle, Australia
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Even though most of us would never want to actually be an inmate in a prison, there is something intriguing about the whole experience, which draws people to visit such famous prisons as Alcatraz in San Francisco and Robben Island in Cape Town. Maybe it’s to learn about something that few of us know about or to find exhilaration in being someplace where some of the world’s most dangerous people had once lived. Whatever the reason may be, people visit famous defunct prisons throughout the world.Fremantle Prison is Western Australia’s contribution to this interesting area of tourism. Completed in 1855, Fremantle Prison was built in the Swan River Colony, one of the free settlement areas i...Read More

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Fremantle Prison
The Terrace
Fremantle, Australia
+61 (8) 9336-9200

Fremantle Prison

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Attraction | "Fremantle Prison Tunnels Tour"

Fremantle Prison Photo, Fremantle, Australia
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Fremantle Prison is a key part to the history of Western Australia and Fremantle in particular. Underneath the prison is an intricate system of tunnels that were originally used to provide prisoners with a source of water, although once it was discovered that the water quality was better than the water that the free settlers were drinking in the Swan River colony, the water was pumped out to nourish the free settlers, while all the pumping work was being done by the prisoners themselves. Throughout the first 50 years of the prison’s history, the tunnels were expanded in order to provide more water and once it was deemed that the water was no longer necessary in 1910, the prison sealed up the system ...Read More

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Fremantle Prison
The Terrace
Fremantle, Australia
+61 (8) 9336-9200

Biking Rottnest Island

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Attraction

Rottnest Bike Hire Photo, Western Australia, Australia
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Anyone that properly wants to discover the treasures of Rottnest Island, should hire a bike and tour the island by pedal-power. Since there are no private vehicles on the Island, and the only motorized vehicle that you have the chance of stepping into is an infrequent bus that makes certain stops around the island, biking is the only way to reach locations outside the main town of Thomson Bay.As you exit the ferry, follow the signs to Rottnest Bike Hire on Bedford Ave. On offer are thousands of bikes, so there is no doubt that you will be able to find one that meets your needs. A regular adult mountain bike—I recommend getting the mountain bike as opposed to single speed because parts o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2007

Salmon Bay

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Snorkelling at Salmon Bay Photo, Western Australia, Australia
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Situated on the southern coast of Rottnest Island, Salmon Bay offers serene relaxation for those who wish to escape the other travellers on the more popular hangouts at Pinky Beach and The Basin. It is only a 15-20 minute bike ride from the main settlement at Thomson Bay, and the bus that runs around the island (although seemingly sporadically) stops at Salmon Bay as well.When I visited Rottnest Island, it was during Schoolies Week, meaning that all the beaches near Thomson Bay were overran with teenagers from the Perth area celebrating their completion of high school. Once I arrived and saw all these kids near the settlement, I was a bit distraught as I thought the entire island was goi...Read More

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Rottnest Island

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Attraction | "Rottnest Island Sightseeing Flights"

Rottnest Island Photo, Perth, Australia
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Many people often consider taking a sightseeing flight when visiting places like New York City or Hawaii, although once looking at the actual cost of the flight, drop that idea from their mind, instead opting for a more budgeted use of the money. Rottnest Island offers a number of different sightseeing flights for those interested in seeing Rotto from above, with prices that work with the pocketbook of any budget-minded traveller.The Rottnest Island airport is just a short walk or bike ride outside of the main settlement at Thomson Bay, and really isn't anything more than an extremely small terminal and a single runway. The bus that runs around Rottnest Island also stops in front of the ...Read More

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Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island Visitor and Information Centre
Fremantle, Australia 6161
+61 (0)8 9372 9752

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EsslingerBrian

EsslingerBrian
Sydney, Australia