Despite being one of the world’s most remote capital cities, Perth remains amazingly livable thanks to a easy-going attitude, fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and thriving dining and nightlife scene. With the rapid growth of the cruising industry in Australia, Perth’s Fremantle Port welcomes dozens of cruise calls per season.
How to get to Perth
The Port of Fremantle, Perth’s busy commercial port, sits 12 miles (19 kilometers) to the south of the city. The town of Fremantle, a place known for its art galleries, cafes and historic buildings, is easily accessible on foot from the passenger terminal or by way of the Central Area Transit hop-on, hop-off bus. Passengers wanting to visit Perth can take the 30-minute train ride from Fremantle station or catch a taxi just outside the terminal.
One Day in Perth
There’s enough to see and do in Fremantle alone to fill up your day. Start by walking to the Western Australia Maritime Museum to see the exhibits on Perth’s maritime heritage or tour the UNESCO-listed Fremantle Prison dating back to 1852. On the weekends, the Fremantle Markets are a great place to pick up artisan foods, antiques or locally handcrafted items.
Perth also has plenty to offer the visiting cruise passenger. If you only have time for one attraction, make it King’s Park, a beautiful hilltop botanical garden that offers some of the best views in the city. Shoppers will find a little bit of everything at Subiaco at the intersection of Rokeby Road and hay Street.
If you’re feeling energetic, use your time in Perth to explore the Swan River Valley on the water. Rent a kayak or canoe, go offshore for a bit of snorkeling or diving, or take a leisurely boat trip along the Swan River.
Or, spend your day relaxing at one of Perth’s lovely beaches, like the white sand Cottesloe or surfer-friendly Scarborough.
The Fremantle passenger terminal offers free wi-fi when ships are in port, as well as a cafe and bar where you can find refreshments. Besides the two ATMs in the Port of Fremantle, you’ll find plenty more in the town of Fremantle and all over Perth. The local currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD).