I took the opportunity to spend a few hours there on Friday, when I took my son and daughter in law to Victoria Quay, to catch the ferry to Rottnest Island.
So camera in hand I walked around, stopping here and there, taking a peek into interesting shops, absorbing the atmosphere, and I returned home happy with my little trip.
|The Rottnest Express ferry - you can see container with the luggage they deliver and the bikes for hire|
|The ferry departing to Rottnest|
|The W.A. Maritime Museum at the end of the Quay|
|Two beautiful "oldies" in front of the E-Shed markets - cafes and markets|
|Another "oldie", this tram does the tourist routes around Fremantle|
|Fremantle Train Station|
The park across the Town Hall had a chest set, a couple of table tennis tables (see Welcome sign) and even a piano under the big Ficus trees. How cool is that?so in High Street, in the pedestrian only zone I saw this xylophone (I hope that's the right name for this) that can be used by all.
Across the road the Fremantle Town Hall is an imposing building with a tall tower making it look more like a church. A window at the Town Hall shows Fremantle was founded in 1824.
|Chess set and Table Tennis table|
Back into Market Street, the National Hotel is showing it's new facelift after reopening the ground floor and first floor to patrons in December 2013.
This Federation style building started as a single storey shop in 1868 and in 1886 became an hotel. In 1895 the new gold prospecting owners commissioned the building of a 5 storey high Hotel with 50 to 60 rooms in the same site.
Ownership changed a few times, and in 1975 the top floor was destroyed by fire. While renovations were being done and nearly completed, another fire resulted in substantial damage in 2007.
Work is still ongoing with a roof top restaurant and boutique accommodation due to open in mid 2014.
|The Federation style National Hotel in Market st|
|One of the lead windows over the Bar entrance|
|In front of all the shops I could see these recycled planters|
|A lovely kitchen goodies shop in High Str|
|Another Kitchen goodies shop in Market Str|
|Inside the Home Provedore|
Along Market Street I came across Kakulas sister Grocers - the sister shop to Kakulas Brothers in Northbridge, where you can buy your produce by weight from their rustic sacks.
|Inside Kakulas Sisters|
|Uniting Church of Australia - corner of Market & Cantonment Street|
Ahh, and least I forget if you do visit Fremantle don't forget to taste the best waffles and ice-cream ever!!
Just off Market Street turning into South Terrace towards the Fremantle Markets is the Piazza Mall, and across from Zapatas Mexican Restaurant, is a coffee shop - Freo Ice Cream and Waffles, that makes divine waffles served with Ice-cream of your choice.
Hope you enjoyed the trip to Fremantle and hope to see you again soon on another one of my wanderings.
|(photo from net - sorry forgot the photo this time)|