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About Fremantle

Just 30 minutes southwest of Perth, Fremantle is a lively port city on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Perched at the month of the Swan River, the city has a long trading history and a striking old town — as well as a sleek, contemporary centre. A popular weekend escape from Perth itself, Fremantle brims with wonderful food markets, artisanal boutiques and buzzy cafés. Intimate and historic or lively and fun-filled, our Gurus have selected a gorgeous B&B, a heritage hotel and some hip waterfront properties.

Named for Captain Charles Fremantle, the English naval officer who founded the city back in 1829, the city is still home to some striking 19th-century buildings. Delve into the past with a tour of Fremantle Prison, or at the Western Australian Maritime Museum. The Fremantle area — originally called 'Walyalup' by the indigenous Noongar people — also has ceremonial and trading links which go back thousands of years. Guided city tours offer an insight into this rich cultural heritage.

Keen foodies will be thrilled to discover the Fremantle Markets, to taste freshly caught seafood at restaurants near the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and to sip locally brewed craft beer. Head to Port and Leighton beaches for sunshine and sea swims, as well as the opportunity to snorkel, kitesurf and windsurf. Day trips to Perth come highly recommended, but the magic of the best places to stay in Fremantle is their tranquility — a real treat after a busy day in the city.

The Best Places to Stay in Fremantle

For a Boutique B&B

  • Fothergills of Fremantle has six individually decorated traditional rooms — some with four poster beds — in a restored colonial house. Savour cheese and wine on the terrace, admire the house's impressive art collection and explore Fremantle on foot. A charming B&B choice for couples.

For Contemporary Cool

  • Quest Fremantle is made up of studios and apartments with contemporary interiors, modern kitchens and all the mod-cons. Airy and close to the ocean, this swish city spot has meeting facilites and a gym, making it great for business or leisure trips.
  • Tradewinds Hotel offers expansive Swan River views. Sophisticated rooms & suites have white & cream interiors with light wood, dark blue & black details and warm upholstery. A pool, buzzy restaurant & bar complete the picture at this stylish urban spot.

For Families and Groups

  • Be. Fremantle is brilliant for families and groups, with multi-bedroom apartments and modern studios overlooking Fishing Boat Harbour. Interiors are fresh & airy, with white-on-white decor in relaxed sitting rooms & kitchens opening onto harbour-facing terraces. A smart waterfront stay.

For a Heritage Gem

  • The National Hotel dates back to 1868. A carefully restored heritage landmark, the hotel now has 12 individually decorated guest rooms — the best with bathtubs & balconies. Live music evenings at the bar or rooftop sundowners are brilliant fun. A charming spot with an intimate feel and a real sense of history.
  • Hougoumont Hotel fuses old and new to create a lovely boutique bolthole reflecting Fremantle's seafaring history. Small yet inviting guest rooms feature elegant pastel tones and have swish bathrooms. The craft brewery, sister eateries & event spaces make this a friendly spot for sociable travellers who will appreciate a heritage element.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Perth Airport and hop aboard a shuttle bus or take a 30 minute taxi to Fremantle.
  • Fremantle is a great starting point for a coastal road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Summers (December to February) in Perth and Fremantle can be very hot, with temperatures rising above 30°C. Visit during the spring or autumn months for sunshine and pleasant temperatures. Winters (June to August) are cool and can be rainy.



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Best Hotels in Fremantle

  • Hougoumont Hotel Fremantle (Western Australia) 66 rooms from £114

    Groups  -  A fun, youthful hotel with a sociable feel and its own nano-brewery, this is a top spot for groups of friends in Fremantle
    Architectural  -  Fusing elements of a heritage facade from 1901 with industrial shipping containers, this is an innovative construction
    City Style  -  Expect minimalist modern interiors, housed in part in upcycled shipping containers as this stylish spot
    Restaurant  -  Enjoy onsite breakfasts, gather for wine & cheese in the lounge & dine at sister venues Sailing for Oranges or Emily Taylor
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    Inspired by Fremantle's seafaring history, this boutique bolthole fuses old & new to create a unique 21st-century hotel. Compact yet inviting guest rooms are clad in elegant pastel tones with swish bathrooms. Highlights include the craft brewery, sister eateries & event spaces. A friendly favourite. See More

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  • Tradewinds Hotel Fremantle (Western Australia) 182 rooms from £119

    Business meetings  -  Business travellers will appreciate long-stay rates, smart interiors and well-equipped meeting spaces
    Weddings  -  Brilliant for memorable weddings in a chic setting overlooking the Swan River
    Sailing  -  Learn to sail with expert instructors at the Fremantle Sailing Club, one of the largest in Australia
    Restaurant  -  Tradewinds Restaurant & Bar focuses on fresh seafood dishes, paired with signature cocktails
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    A chic urban hotel with sophisticated rooms & suites offering expansive Swan River views. Think white & cream interiors with light wood, dark blue sofas & black accents. Smart spaces have indulgent bathrooms with big tubs, perfect for long soaks. Highlights include a pool, buzzy restaurant & bar. See More

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  • Quest Fremantle Fremantle (Western Australia) 122 rooms from £122

    Business meetings  -  Studios and apartments are ideal for business travellers, who can host meeting at the Manning Conference Venue
    Groups  -  Two-bedroom apartments are great for families or groups of friends looking to explore Fremantle together
    Great walks  -  Take scenic strolls along the waterfront and to Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    A collection of chic studios & one- or two-bedroom apartments close to the coast in buzzy Fremantle. Airy spaces have clean, contemporary interiors with modern kitchens, balconies & all the mod-cons. A slick urban base with meeting facilities, a gym & easy access to the best of the city. Lovely. See More

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  • Fothergills of Fremantle Fremantle WA 6160 6 rooms from £101

    Local exploring  -  A great location for exploring Fremantle on foot, set right opposite the iconic Fremantle Prison
    Romantic Break  -  An intimate B&B for couples and heritage buffs looking for a seaside city break to remember
    Local markets  -  Fremantle's weekend foodie markets are brilliant for sampling fresh produce
    Museums  -  The Maritime Museum and the Fremantle Arts Centre are within easy reach
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    A sophisticated colonial house with an extensive art collection, perched on a hill offering spectacular views. Individually styled rooms have a traditional feel and the best have heavy four-posters. Sunset wine and cheese is served on the terrace. A tranquil base to explore this seaside city. See More

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  • Be. Fremantle Fremantle (Western Australia) 74 rooms from £149

    Families  -  Multi-bedroom apartments with well-equipped kitchens are ideal for families or groups of friends
    Local exploring  -  Perfect for the eateries of Fishing Boat Harbour, dips at Bathers Beach and exploring Fremantle
    Local markets  -  Held every Friday to Monday, the Fremantle Markets are a superb spot for some shopping as a family, with food and live music
    Great walks  -  Guided tours of Fremantle's heritage centre are brilliant for those eager to delve into the region's history
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    Modern studios & multi-bedroom apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Fishing Boat Harbour. White-painted interiors are clean, fresh & airy, with sitting rooms & well-equipped kitchens opening onto harbour-facing terraces. A smart waterfront stay, ideal for small groups or families. See More

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  • The National Hotel Fremantle (Western Australia) 12 rooms from £157

    Romantic Break  -  Spacious suites with private balconies invite romantic couples to soak up all that Fremantle has to offer
    Local exploring  -  Ideal for keen explorers, this is a lovely little heritage hotel with lots of soul in a great location
    Great walks  -  Stroll along the Swan River in East Fremantle for lovely views and a sense of history
    Restaurant  -  Dine at the relaxed Level One Restaurant, or enjoy light bites in the rooftop garden
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    A carefully restored heritage landmark, The National Hotel dates back to 1868. Now, 12 individually decorated guest rooms await — the best with bathtubs & balconies. Live music evenings at the bar or rooftop sundowners are brilliant fun. Charming, intimate & historic, this is a very special spot. See More

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