Fremantle’s Top 10 Things to do Under $10
If money is tight Fremantle’s bohemian atmosphere make it a great destination by Australian standards. This compact city can accommodate backpackers even on the tightest budget. Here are my top 10 cheap ideas ranging from completely free activities stretching to bargain $10 prices.
Fishing Boat Harbour
Take a stroll along the boardwalk at Freo’s working harbour, home to hundreds of fishing vessels. Enjoy the waterfront lined with restaurants and find the statue of Bon Scott from AC/DC. In winter keep warm with a bag of hot chips, just keep an eye out for the hungry seagulls!
Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays Fremantle Markets come alive with traders selling their wares. Here you’ll find quirky gifts, local organic produce, tasty take-away food stalls and more. The Market Bar is a good place to take a step back from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the current busker’s music. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything Fremantle Markets are worth a stroll around just to soak up the spirited atmosphere in this heritage building.
This central area of Fremantle is jam-packed with cafés and restaurants spilling out onto the pavements. Join the locals and tourists alike who congregate here, take a seat, buy a coffee and watch the world go by.
For just a gold coin donation you can take a look inside the oldest building in Western Australia. It was used to hold both colonial and indigenous prisoners from 1831 to 1886. Each day at 1 o’clock a cannon would be fired to inform mariners and residents of the time, volunteers still do this today!
Housed in an 1850s Commissariat building this museum is all about, you guessed it, shipwrecks. The most impressive exhibit are the original timbers from the Batavia, shipwrecked in 1629 on the Western Australian coast. What’s more, entry is by donation.
HMAS Ovens Submarine at Western Australian Maritime Museum
Visiting just the submarine or just the museum itself will cost $10, at the top end of the budget but I think the submarine is particularly worth it. A former working vessel of the Royal Australian Navy, you can now join a tour to discover what life would have been like for submariners on-board. Climb through hatchways, up and down ladders and experience the cramped confines of a submarine.
Just a free Blue Cat bus journey away from the centre of Freo, South Beach is the place to head to relax on beautiful white sand. Take a swim in the sheltered waters, keeping an eye out for dolphins that occasionally pass by. Trees on the grassy reserve backing the beach provide a shaded respite from the sun. Toilets, showers, cafés, BBQs, picnic benches and a play park mean this beach is a great place for the whole family to while away the day.
In the centre of Freo this square is the perfect place to while away the time without spending a cent. Free WiFi, plugs, tables and chairs means you’ll often spot people bringing their laptop outdoors. A giant chess set is also available to use during the day, while the tourist information centre will provide table tennis bats and ping-pong balls for the outdoor tables. An old, out-of-tune piano constantly attracts passers-by while bikes are also available to hire free of charge.
A signposted trail has been created in Fremantle Cemetery visiting the graves of Freo residents who have made their mark on the history of the city. To read about my experience on the Heritage Walk Trail click here.
Go on a self-guided walking tour of Fremantle to discover more about convict history, the legendary figure of CY O’Connor and the indigenous stories about Manjaree, as the area was called by Aboriginal people.
Posted on July 9, 2014, in Australia, Oceania and tagged beach, budget, cemetery, city, cycling, food, free, history, market, museum, prison, top picks, tour, walking. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.