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Fremantle with the Family - Fun Learning, Sandy Beaches, and Boat Tours

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Fremantle has many attractions and distractions to keep kids of all ages occupied. There are beaches and parks, and informative hands-on museums. You can get a bird's-eye city view from a Ferris wheel, or take to the water on a cruise. When mealtime rolls around, you'll find plenty of family-friendly places to eat.

Beaches and water parks in Fremantle

 

Fremantle has numerous beaches where your kids can splash around in safety. The main ocean beaches Bathers, Leighton, North, and South Beach are all lifesaver-patrolled in summer so swimming is safe. River Beach is by the banks of the Swan River and ideal for small children. For watery fun without the waves, you can dip into the pools at the Fremantle Leisure Centre.

 

Fremantle Leisure Centre

 

The centre has indoor and outdoor pools to suit all ages and swimming abilities.

 

10 Shuffrey Street, Fremantle, WA 6160Tel: +61 8 9432 9999

 

Fremantle Leisure Centre website

Ride Fremantle’s Tourist Wheel

 

Fremantle has several parks where you can go to chill out, and let your children burn off some excess energy. In most parks an expanse of grass is enough, but in Esplanade Park, beside Fishing Boat Harbour, you can ride the Tourist Wheel. This large Ferris wheel affords panoramic views of coast, ocean, and city.

 

Tourist Wheel

 

The Ferris wheel has 24 gondolas that lift you 40 meters into the air.

 

Esplanade Park, Fremantle, WA 6160.

 

Tourist Wheel website

 

Exploring Fremantle’s history with the kids

 

Fremantle offers plenty of opportunities for you and the kids to learn a little history. You can see the remains of ships in the Shipwreck Galleries, and find out about Fremantle's seafaring past in the Western Australian Maritime Museum. Older children will enjoy Fremantle Prison. Fremantle Tram Tours offers an easy hop-on, hop-off way to visit the sights, and runs a "Ghostly Tour" after dark.

 

"Duyfken" 1606 Replica

 

"Duyfken" 1606 is a replica of the first European ship to reach the Australian coast.

 

Behind Little Creatures, 40 Mews Road, Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle, WA 6160. Tel: +61 427 160606

 

"Duyfken" 1606 Replica website

 

Fremantle Tram Tours

 

This hop-on, hop-off tram ride covers all the main sights. After dark, the “Ghostly Tour” visits Fremantle Prison by flashlight.

 

3 William Street, Fremantle, WA 6160. Tel: +61 8 9433 6674

 

Fremantle Tram Tours website

 

Family-friendly dining in Fremantle

 

Most restaurants in Fremantle have dedicated menus for small appetites. Little Creatures serves wood-fired pizzas. Come here for Sunday lunch, and a local entertainer will dazzle children with his balloon sculptures. For delicious fresh fish and chips, Kailis' Waterfront Fremantle is among the city’s best.

 

Little Creatures

 

This brewpub serves pizzas from a wood-fired oven, and has a separate kids' menu.

 

40 Mews Road, Fremantle, WA 6160. Tel: +61 8 6215 1000

 

Little Creatures website

 

Kailis' Waterfront Fremantle

 

This café sells fish and chips in child-friendly portions, as well as "seaburgers."

 

46 Mews Road, Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle, WA 6160. Tel: +61 8 9335 7755

 

Kailis' Waterfront Fremantle website

 

Family boat trips from Fremantle

 

Fremantle offers plenty of options for family boat rides. There are sedate cruises up the Swan River, or you can make the 30-minute voyage to Rottnest Island, home of the "happiest animal on Earth,” the quokka. For a brush with much larger creatures, Rottnest Express runs seasonal whale watching cruises.

 

Captain Cook Cruises

 

This tour company offers a variety of cruises on the Swan River.

 

B Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle WA 6168. Tel: +61 8 9325 3341

 

Captain Cook Cruises website

 

Rottnest Express

 

Rottnest Express operates daily year-round ferry services to the island.

 

B shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle, WA 6168. Tel: +1300 467 688 (within Australia)

 

Rottnest Express website