|The Attic in Fremantle|
Fremantle is one of those travel treasures that you really have to see for yourself to realize how wonderful it is. Freo has everything: Art galleries, beaches, shopping, concerts, pubs, night clubs, restaurants, coffee shops and museums. A lot of the buildings are beautifully preserved from early settlement. A beautiful, interesting, inspiring and thriving city. I heart Freo!
Have a tour at the old Fremantle prison (served as a prison from 1859 up until 1991). Have a beer at one of the many microbreweries in Freo, the Little Creatures brewery is the most renowned. Have a stroll in busy South Terrace, or catch a free city bus to popular South Beach. South Beach comes with a warning though: Heaps of European backpackers have set up camp, sleeping on the beach and enjoying a close-knit community. When I went past there one evening, about fourty heads of dreads were having a rave.
The Attic is a cozy coffee shop with vintage furniture and antiques, making a homely atmosphere. Pretty good coffee too! Origins is a small gallery space where you can have a sip of coffee while enjoying an art exhibition. It's on the other side of The Attic, but run by the same people. When I was there in March, they had a great exhibition called "12 months of separation", four girls showing their unique photographic styles.
For more information on Freo, check out Lovefreo, a brilliant blog about what Fremantle is all about.
The photos below are from my hectic three hours in Perth. I loved Fremantle so much I didn't really feel like going anywhere else, and postponed the half hour train ride to the last day. I didn't have many expectations because the people I met who had stayed in Perth were ambivalent towards "the city of lights". So was it good or bad? It was both.
|Police demonstrating power in a shopping street|
"Footsteps in time"
One of my favourite art works in Perth. It depicts five business men who each represents a historical period contributing to Perth's development.
Dutch exploration- discovery of Swan River
Anglo-Celtic settlement of Swan River
Discovery of gold
Post WWII- European Immigration
The Millennium Man
|The general post office|
|London Court- a shopping arcade in the Perth City centre|
|Perth City skyline|
|Drinking fountain from King's Park. Don't even ask me why this is the only photo I have from the gorgeous park! |