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Sailing in Fremantle
  • Fisherman's Wharf, Fremantle
  • Market St cafes, Fremantle

At the mouth of the Swan River is an exciting destination filled with history, culture, and beauty. Considered to be the best preserved 19th century sea port in the world, Fremantle is famous for its outdoor cafes, bustling markets, nightlife, and more than 150 National Trust buildings. Sailing the Indian Ocean along this beautiful coastline is a joy, and with exciting places like Perth and Rottnest Island only a few gentle breezes away, you’ll have no shortage of reasons to set sail. The toughest decisions you’ll face will be in deciding whether you want to spend your time on the water, or exploring the fascinating sights on land.

Moorings and berths
Fremantle is such a popular sailing destination; it’s tricky to find a place to drop anchor. At time of writing, there are only a few 10-metre pens available for renting in all of Fremantle, and you’ll need to call Harbour Management on 08-9431-1020 to reserve them. 

Additionally, there are a few moorings, which you can rent for up to four hours. Call 08-9431-1000 for bookings and information.

Both the moorings and pens are in a bustling area of Fremantle, with plenty of restaurants, loads of fish and chips, pubs and a brewery to give you plenty of energy to set sail again.

Yacht and sailing clubs:
While it’s unlikely you’ll find a berth at the Fremantle Sailing Club or East Fremantle Yacht Club, you may like to contact them in case they have a vacancy, or to see if you can become involved in one of their races or other activities.

Fremantle Sailing Club
For more than 100 years, the Fremantle Sailing Club has held races, with its first ocean race happening in 1906 between Mandurah and Bunbury. Today, the club is a hub of activity, with racing, game fishing, group cruises, lessons, and diving being just part of the fun. Contact the club on 08 9435 8800 or email info@fsc.com.au for more information.

East Fremantle Yacht Club
Operating since 1933 (changing names over time until 1961 when it became the East Fremantle Yacht Club) this club offers training courses, rallies, races and loads of camaraderie. Contact the club on 08 9339 8111 or email adminaccounts@efyc.com.au

Western Australian Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay
You can’t drop an anchor here, but it appears the building might need to! This floating museum is an architectural wonder in its own right, but inside you’ll find loads of fascinating galleries and displays that are suitable for kids and adults alike. 

Fascinating walks
Fremantle’s rich history and preserved heritage provide interesting backdrops for various walks around the city. There are 11 different walking trails, including such intriguing titles as ‘Convict Trail’, ‘Discovery Trail’, ‘Writer’s Walk’, and ‘Art and Culture Trail.’ Click on Fremantle Walking Trails to find self-guiding tour maps.

Getting there and around
If sailing into the city isn’t an option, take a flight to Perth, which is only a short drive or bus ride away. There are plenty of tour operators willing to take you out for a ride on their watercraft, so even if you are a skipper without a vessel, you’ll be able to enjoy the majesty of the Indian Ocean.

Consider renting a car in Fremantle (or from Perth Airport) to get around and explore all the beaches and attractions of the area. You’ll be close to some excellent wine regions, picnic areas, scuba/snorkel and fishing spots, so you may be happy to have a vehicle.

Accommodation in Fremantle
With plenty of comfortable places to stay, you won’t need to squeeze into a tiny berth for a good night’s sleep. For example, you’ll be wowed by the Fremantle Luxury B&B, with its château-like structure and arches. If you yearn to have ocean views, stay in a stylish apartment in the middle of the action, or spread out in a private, fully furnished holiday home – you’ll have no problem finding a place to be excited about in TakeABreak’s Fremantle accommodation options.
About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide, Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.

About the author
Find out more about Kylie at http://bit.ly/h_experts

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