Celebrated as Australia’s leading maritime archaeology museum, the Shipwreck Galleries are among the highlights of Fremantle’s Western Australian Museum, housed in an impressive 19th-century Commissariat building. Inside, visitors can uncover fascinating tales of shipwrecks, mutiny and trade along Australia’s treacherous west coast; marvel at items retrieved from shipwrecks like the Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck; and see part of the hull of the Dutch merchant ship, Batavia.
Among the hundreds of items on display, highlights include a 17th-century inscribed plate left on Cape Inscription by Willem de Vlamingh, a plate left by Dirk Hartog during the first confirmed European landing in Western Australia, and a huge collection of rare maps, charts and other artifacts.
The Shipwreck Galleries is part of the Western Australian Museum, located on Cliff Street in central Fremantle and is open daily from 9:30am-5pm. Admission is free.
Travelers in search of Australian history, culture and traditions will find all this and much more at the Fremantle Arts Centre in Western Australia. This popular destination attracts as many locals as it does visitors, thanks to a long list of exhibits, events, class offerings and outdoor concerts. Lovely gardens and a quiet café offer up the perfect spot to enjoy a bit of sunshine and relaxation, and the Sunday music sessions are free to the public and attract a diverse crowd. Travelers say the modern art displays and picturesque landscapes make this an essential stop on any visit to Western Australia.
The Fremantle Arts Centre is located at 1 Finnerty Street in Fremantle, Western Australia. It is open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is located just west of the Inner Harbour near the John Curtain Performing Arts Centre.
Address: 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
This historic 12-sided building was built in 1831 and is the oldest public building in Western Australia. Travelers can tour this unique architectural destination and learn about the original settlement, as well as how this iconic building was once used to house local lawbreakers.
Visitors can learn about this building’s colorful past and also get an up close look at the famous Whaler’s Tunnel—the oldest underground tunnel in Western Australia. Completed in 1838, the original tunnel spanned some 64 meters, but today measures just 46. And while the 1 p.m. sound call that once rang out daily to alert ships on sea to the official time no longer occurs, travelers can sometimes catch a reenactment ceremony put on by some of the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides.
The Fremantle Round House is located at the end of High Street on Arthur Head and overlooks the Indian Ocean and Bathers Beach. The building is open from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. daily and entry is donation based.
Address: Captains Lane, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia