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Freo - the hotbed of history, trade, incredible culture and a whole lot of drama - is a destination that deserves a top 10 spot on everyone’s bucket list. While many consider the East Coast of Australia as more happening than its Western counterpart, the latter is definitely the flagbearer of a culturally diverse society. This heritage walking tour in Perth, covering the fascinating backstory of Fremantle, locally known as Freo, will take you on an emotional journey and charm you with the innumerable tales of its maritime as well as colonial history, having been a whaling station as well as hub of mass migration in the past.
Freo is as vibrant as a local community can be, with an ancestry that is influenced by salty sea dogs and newly-arrived immigrants back in the days. This port city is home to one of the most notorious British prisons of its time, the Fremantle Prison, and the stories of its prisoners are no less legendary. But that’s not all! Freo’s multicultural history is filled with enchanting anecdotes of escaping Irish prisoners, being an integral port during the World War II, driving the native aboriginals away to Rottnest Island, hilarious British bushrangers and so much more.
The tour begins at the Fremantle Town Hall and winds through a more offbeat trail along the city’s pretty cappuccino strip housing multiple cafes and restaurants. This tour is a treat to a traveller’s curiosity and wanderlust, indulging him with both exquisitely factual memoirs as well as riveting folklores, not to forget a ravishing architectural grandeur. The city is still home to an astonishing number of well-preserved, 19th century colonial buildings including the Prison, the Round House, the Fremantle Arts Centre and the Fremantle Markets. A visual array of Victorian, Gothic and Edwardian influences, the city does imbibe a kind of sad nostalgia in you but simultaneously charms you with its extremely hospitable locals.
Freo entices you with its irresistible colonial sagas and is best experienced through the eyes of a local. This tour does just that, making it one of the most culturally intimate vacations of your time.
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4 hoursStart time
Make your way to Fremantle Visitor Information Centre – Kings Square Fremantle WA 6160.
Fremantle Prison - Fremantle Prison, 1 The Terrace, Fremantle WA 6160.
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This trip is offered on a "join-in" basis, however, you will be a part of a small group of maximum 12 people that allows for more interaction with your guide and group members. Nobody wants a crowd, you know!
Since this is a walking tour, don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes so that you don’t need to constantly catch up. You can dress according to the weather but make sure you check the forecast at least a day in advance. April to August usually comprise a rainy season so please make sure you are prepared while you head out.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across destinations. After all, everyone deserves a small token of appreciation, are we right? Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.