If you’re looking for a true Australian experience, you’ll want to get off the beaten tourist track. Fremantle and Rottnest are often overlooked by tourists who perhaps prefer the idea of simply sticking to Perth city. This is a pity as Fremantle is a charming place with a thriving arts culture. You’ll be spoiled for choice when you visit as there is always something going on. Here, we look at the top 5 things to do for tourists around Perth if you come for a visit!
If you feel like having a lazy day, there’s no better place to spend this than at Esplanade Park. Here, you can take a look at the Explorer’s Monument and the beautiful mature Norfolk Island pines. If you visit in January, you might just catch the Fremantle Sardine Festival!
If you love wildlife, a visit to Rottnest Island is a real treat. This protected nature reserve is home to the small wallaby-like quokka. When you get tired quokka-spotting, you can relax on one of the island’s beautiful white sandy beaches or even try out surfing at Strickland Bay
A UNESCO world heritage listed building, Fremantle Prison is a “must see” when you’re in the area. If you’re feeling brave, you can explore the labyrinth of tunnels underneath the building or even go on a night time torchlight tour!
If history is your thing, you should check out the Roundhouse. The oldest public building in Western Australia, the Roundhouse was opened in January 1831. It was used to hold people convicted of crimes in the area until 1886. A top tip is to try to get there around 1pm so you can see the cannon being fired.
A true Australian family business, Eagle Wools has been proudly making sheepskin products, seat covers, wool rugs and Ugg boots since 1979. In fact, everything they stock is Australian! Tourists can have a great time at Eagle Wools watching Australian Uggs being made right before their eyes. Better still, you can then take home a little handmade piece of Australia with you. There are so many Perth souvenirs to choose from.
These are just some Fremantle and Perth tourist attractions to get you started. There are many more to explore when you get here!