Travel·Posted on 14 Dec 2016Can You Get Through This Post Without Booking A Trip To FremantleThis lively city really has the best of everything: art, culture, food, beaches, and a whole lot of history.by CamhaPhamBuzzFeed Contributor, AustraliaFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. First up, Western Australia's Fremantle has an incredible art scene. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Freo is a thriving hub of art and culture, and has established itself as a mecca for local artists. Go on a makeshift art walk and hit up PSAS, Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Kidogo Arthouse, and FAC for inspiration. 2. And there are a whole bunch of awesome festivals. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Head to Fremantle on any given weekend and chances are you'll inadvertently stumble upon a festival. It's home to the Fremantle Festival, Australia's longest running community festival, as well as the Fremantle Street Arts Festival, Hidden Treasures Music Series, Fremantle Heritage Festival, and the Fremantle Chilli Festival, to name just a few. 3. While you're there, brush up on your maritime history. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com Freo's maritime past is evident everywhere you go in the city, from the Fishing Boat Harbour through to the fittingly named Sail and Anchor pub. Wander down to the Western Australian Maritime Museum and the Shipwreck Galleries for a quick naval history lesson. 4. And appreciate the area's sublime - and less crowded -beaches. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Locals all know that Freo has some of the best beaches that Perth has to offer from the lively South Beach, to the inner city Bathers Beach, to the family-friendly Port, and Leighton beaches in the north. 5. There are also really beautiful cafés and restaurants. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com We dare you to find a more beautiful interior than the industrial-provincial styled Bread in Common. Other honourable mentions include The Raw Kitchen, Stable Hands, and Strange Company. 6. You can also visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com The Fremantle Prison is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but an iconic symbol of Fremantle. Don't miss out on the tunnels tour. 7. Fremantle is home to some amazing architecture. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com Freo is filled with colonial-style heritage buildings and pubs. Walking down the street is like being transported back in time. 8. When you go, be sure to visit the iconic Little Creatures. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com You can't visit Freo and not go to the original (and the best) Little Creatures brewery. Most people head straight to the Great Hall, but did you know that the Little Creatures Brewhouse offers a free beer tasting platter? You're welcome. 9. And enjoy ultimate Sunday sesh. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com Everybody knows that the Fremantle Arts Centre is where it's at on a Sunday during the summer. Pack a picnic and enjoy the free live music in the courtyard. 10. If you'd rather eat and drink by the beach, you can do that in Freo too. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com There's nothing quite like enjoying your meal with an uninterrupted view of the sparkling shoreline, and Bib and Tucker on Leighton Beach absolutely nails the art of sophisticated coastal dining. 11. You can find the end of the rainbow when you visit. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com This rainbow installation is found at the entrance to Freo and is made out of shipping containers. It pays homage to the city's port history and is a reference to the creativity and diversity of the local community. It's also pretty awesome to see up close. 12. And catch a gig at the J-shed. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com J-shed is a new arts precinct on Bathers Beach that hosts buzzing beach BBQs, beachside concerts, and all-round general good times. 13. You can do some yoga and enjoy sustainable, healthy food as soon as you're done. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The Raw Kitchen is known for serving up delicious healthy and sustainable eats, but less well known is the fact that it runs regular yoga classes. We promise you there's no better place to do a downward dog pose. 14. Make sure you head to the South Beach Sunset Markets. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com Beach, food trucks, music, weekend party vibes, and a sunset over the Indian Ocean. 15. If you're a fan of fancy cocktails, you'll find plenty to enjoy in Fremantle. Alter Ego / Via themantle.com.au Head to The Mantle in East Fremantle, dubbed an "activity hub", and make a beeline to Alter Ego where you'll be served drinks that we're guessing wouldn't have been around in prohibition times. 16. There's even a pop-up art gallery bar. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Keep your eyes and ears peeled: Kidogo Arthouse is bringing back its pop-up Kelp Bar, which will run at specific times during the summer. 17. And if you want to stay out all night, you can do that too. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com The newly-opened Fremantle Supper Club on High street opens its doors at 11pm and stays open until the wee hours of the morning. 18. If pubs are more your thing, you'll find plenty to choose from. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com If there's one thing Freo isn't lacking, it's a pub. They normally take up prime position on every street corner but the refurbished Federal Hotel is a must-visit. 19. You can party in a hidden courtyard. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Every so often, the gorgeous heritage Guildhall event space building holds a secret pop-up bar in their courtyard. Follow them on social media to keep tabs on their happenings. 20. And pose in front of the coolest mural. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com Even if you're not furniture shopping, you'll want to head to East West Design just to see the expansive mural on the building's exterior. It's pretty epic. 21. You can stay in a shipping container, if it takes your fancy. Rain Projects Pty Ltd / Via rainprojects.com.au The Hougoumont is a boutique hotel where the "staterooms" are made from shipping containers. They take their seafaring history seriously here. 22. And if you want a really memorable Freo experience, sleep in an old prison. View this photo on Instagram Via instagram.com The Fremantle Prison YHA is located in the old women's prison and the old cells are used as bedrooms. Any ghost sightings are to be immediately reported to reception.