If you are searching for a unique conference destination in Western Australia, then Fremantle has to be at the top of your list. Fremantle is an impressive cultural mix of heritage, art, music, food, maritime, market and coastal influences; creating a truly one-of-a-kind destination that is vastly different to Perth while only being a short 25 minute drive from Perth CBD and 35 minutes from the airports.
If you’re interested in holding your next conference in Fremantle, Perth, our knowledgeable and friendly staff can help you create an itinerary suited to your audience. In the meantime, here are our Top 8 Fremantle Experiences; the eight most impressive experiences you can share with your conference attendees:
1. The Island Escape
Rottnest Island sits a short 20 minute ferry journey off the coast of Fremantle and is Perth’s (not so secret) island oasis. You can explore the island by bike, foot or bus; weave your way along the coastline and discover picturesque beaches with perfect turquoise water for snorkelling. And of course, no trip to Rottnest Island is complete without getting your very own #quokkaselfie. This is pretty much the only place in the world you’re going to see the Quokka so that alone is well worth the trip.
2. The Big Brewery
Little Creatures has been brewing in Fremantle since 2000; starting in a huge shed on the harbour’s edge which used to be a crocodile park! The Little Creatures “village” now encompasses The Great Hall, Brewhouse, Creatures NextDoor and The Deck – all unique spaces with something for every mood. Great food, awesome locally brewed beers, harbour views, tours and tastings… what more could you want from Fremantle’s world-famous brewery?
3. The Historical Prison
As Western Australia’s only World Heritage-listed building, the Fremantle Prison offers an insight into the convict history that established this city and the many decades following that developed our story. The Prison operated from 1855 until its closure in 1991. The daily tours are insightful, entertaining and informative; moving through the different areas from the main cell block, kitchens, yards, solitary, the Chapel and even the gallows if you so dare.
4. The Bustling Markets
With two bustling markets book-ending the city and a variety of distinctive retail shops in between, Fremantle is a great place to get your shopping fix. The Fremantle Markets have been operating for tourists and locals for over 100 years. Open Friday to Sunday, step inside to enjoy specialist retailers, homemade products and inventions, fresh food, pop up restaurants and the occasional busker. At the other end of town, the E-Shed Markets have a great water-side location, international food, music and fashion.
5. The Street Canvas
One of the most well-known aspects of life in Fremantle is that art is all around us. As you find yourself wandering through the City, the streetscape is alive with urban murals, quirky and talented street performers and a variety of art installations. Plus, if you time your visit right you might be able to catch on of the many wonderful festivals hosted every year.
6. The Marine Influences
As a port city, Fremantle’s marine influences are strongly linked to its backbone and development. It’s no surprise, then, that Fremantle is home to the Western Australia’s Maritime Museum with submarine tour and Shipwrecks Museum. There are also many tours out on the sea with sailing endeavours from yachts to historic ships to explore the water’s around Fremantle.
7. The Heritage Listed
Fremantle’s heritage is a very important to the community and the many tourists who visit every year. Walking through Fremantle, nearly every street is filled with beautiful, well-maintained buildings from the colonial era and beyond. The entire “West End” precinct was recently included in the State Register of Heritage Places and the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle’s original section is just one of the many heritage-listed properties in the City.
8. The Sand and Surf
The sand and surf are right on your doorstep in Fremantle. Beautiful white sand awaits you just a short 5 minute walk from the city centre at Bathers Beach. Having this relaxing location at the site of one of Perth’s largest conference facilities is a big reason many businesses choose to make Fremantle their top conference destination in Australia.