Freo's View


Posted in accommodation, architecture, art, bar, city of fremantle, food, history, hospitality, hotel, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2018



National Hotel owner Karl Bullers gave me a quick preview of the new rooftop bar and twelve boutique hotel rooms and I left very impressed.

The rooftop bar will no doubt become one of Fremantle’s favourites, with sweeping views over the port, the historic West End and all over the city. The weather was very dull yesterday, so my photos unfortunately don’t do justice to the magnificence of it.

The hotel rooms are all individually styled with handmade furniture by Clint of Port Jarrah, which is just down the road from the hotel in High Street.

The rooms are really cosy and homely, some have views to the port, others over the city. The TVs are internet connected, there are bath tubs in some and twin showers in others, so recommend them to visitors who want something special smack bang in the middle of our beautiful city.

Noise insulation and double glazed windows are all there to ensure absolute comfort for hotel guests.

There are very good paintings along the corridors by local artists, which are for sale, and the National Hotel does not charge commission so is supporting our local creatives

The rooftop bar will officially open on Melbourne Cup Day but Karl Bullers told me that if the weather is fine next weekend he will give it a soft opening to see how it all goes.

It is a great new addition to Fremantle by an owner who has clearly got faith in Freo’s future.

Roel Loopers

This post is a community service and not an advertorial. I do not accept advertising, payment or gifts for my blog posts.



Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, history, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2018


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This is what the City of Fremantle’s civic centre at Kings Square looked like late yesterday afternoon. Demolition of the buildings will continue today, so very soon we will see building activity happening on the Kerry Hill architects designed new civic centre, which is due for completion late next year.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, architecture, art, city of fremantle, city planning, culture, history, Uncategorized by freoview on October 1, 2018



I had no idea how big and impressive the new WA Museum at the Perth cultural centre was going to be until I saw the building site yesterday.

Museums, cultural centres and state galleries are such important places to tell our stories, so I hope he WA State Government will in the near future also make an investment in Fremantle and build a migrant museum on Victoria Quay and an Aboriginal Cultural Centre as well.

Fremantle Ports is creating two new websites, one for normal port business and the other specifically for Victoria Quay, so it looks like they might go ahead with development there after all, and connect the port better with Kings Square.



While in Perth, during one of my very rare visits to the big smoke, I also noticed the SKS Group building the Hilton Doubletree hotel at Elizabeth Quay, so now hoping they will prioritise the Fremantle one at Princess May Park as well.

And isn’t it nice to see that there are actually architects who design nicely curved and round buildings, instead of the boring and predictable rectangular ones. Yes, these buildings are too high for Freo, but I’d love to see some rounded corners at new developments.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fremantle prison, history, maritime, museum, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on September 24, 2018


Fremantle Prison



Not sure what to do on this longs weekend Monday or during the school holidays? Why not visit our great Fremantle museums!

The World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison conducts tours throughout the day, the display at the Shipwrecks Museum about the Dutch history of WA is fascinating, and at 1pm witnessing the cannon fire behind the Roundhouse is a booming experience.

And at the Maritime Museum is a very good exhibition about the French captains Baudain and Freycinet.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, heritage, history, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on September 23, 2018




The event below is only going to happen at the end of November, but since it is a fundraiser for the Fremantle Roundhouse, WA’s oldest public building, I want to make you all aware of it now, so that you can book your tickets @ $ 30.00 from early.

Check out the Facebook page for details!

2018 is the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein and the birth of science fiction!

Come celebrate an important date in modern writing and global pop culture. Please join arts-music performers Genrefonix at the momentous Fremantle Roundhouse for a live multimedia show that will reanimate one of WA’s most historic sites. We’ll unearth amazing connections between this ‘panopticon’ style ex-prison and Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece, and have a rockin’ good time while we are at it! Come celebrate the amazing and forgotten heritage of WA’s most significant colonial landmark.

Frankenstone will begin in the relative serenity and abundant hospitality of the Old Custom’s House Atrium at 8 Phillimore Street (Fremantle), before leading audiences upward to the momentous Roundhouse to witness it’s many secrets unleashed through music and film.

Roundhouse architect and man of mystery Henry Reveley (1788-1875) is cast as key protagonist in a gothic tale so wild that only WA’s most infamous building could contain in it. Henry’s lifelong bonds with Mary, both emotional and intellectual, are exposed through a theatrical retelling and reimagining of the recorded facts, revealing a contorted sketch of a dark, talented genius mired in pathos and hellbent on reanimating the past.

Featuring a mix of new Frankenstein film sequences shot in the Roundhouse and rockin’ live music/sound effects Frankenstone will unchain the past. Pivotal historic bonds with Mary will be revealed, and their dramatic consequences rendered bare against stark walls of limestone.

The show is 45mins long, with audiences most welcome to enjoy the hospitality of Old Customs House before and after the show.

All proceeds from Frankenstone will go to the Fremantle Roundhouse to assist with upgrading event facilities, allowing the venue to live again for the people of WA.



Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, history, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 17, 2018



Anyone interested in history, especially maritime one, and the discovery of (Western) Australia should not mis the French Connection exhibition at the Fremantle Maritime Museum, that shows the adventures of Captains Baudin and Freycinet.

It is a well designed and very informative show with beautiful images and historic drawings and artefacts.

Roel Loopers



Posted in children, city of fremantle, france, history, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2018


The Fremantle MARITIME MUSEUM offers a weekend of family fun this weekend with French inspired activities as they launch the French Explorers in Western Australia exhibitions season.

Free family events include live music, circus performers, exhibition tours, kids craft activities, face painting, photo opportunities, car displays, and storytelling. And you can also enjoy a delicious range of French inspired food at the Museum café.

Saturday 15 September program:

Little Explorers Story Time (10am and 11am)

Kids Activities : Make a cool Captain’s spyglass or craft your own Rose de Freycinet dress up doll (10am-12pm)

Exhibition floor talk, Louis de Freycinet: The first map of Australia and his return to France Australe, with curator Dr Michael McCarthy (11am)

Face painting with Rosie O (10am-12pm)

Exhibition floor talk, Finding Uranie & Rose de Freycinet: The Western Australian Museum  in the Falkland Islands, with curator Dr Michael McCarthy (1pm)

Live music, featuring Nikki D’Agostino, Perth’s foremost accordionist (2pm-4pm)

Great coffee, pastries, and other delicious treats at the Museum café (11am-4pm)

Sunday 16 September program:

Little Explorers Story Time (10am and 11am)

Face painting with Rosie O (10am-12pm)

All ages Circus Workshop – Explore new skills with the great team from Yip Yip Circus (11am-12pm)

Exhibition floor talk, The Great Captains: Baudin and Flinders, Hamelin and  de Freycinet, with curator Dr Michael McCarthy (11am)

Roving Circus Performance (12.30pm-2.30pm)

Exhibition floor talk, The WA Museum’s French Connection Program: 20-years-old and  so much more to do, with curator Dr Michael McCarthy (1pm)

Live music, featuring Voudou Zazou : Traditional French songs and classic jazz (2pm-4pm)

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2018




More than one hundred people attended a City of Fremantle forum this morning about How we can improve the relationship with the Aboriginal community.

Many Whadjuk Noongar people took part, as did Fremantle precincts representatives, many Councillors and the Mayor, people from support services, WA Police, Chamber of Commerce, Fremantle Prison, Education Department, City of Fremantle staff from a variety of departments, and other interested individuals.

It was pretty full on to get it all done in three hours but I believe it was a very worthwhile exercise that opened up opportunities for better communication, more respect and where the journey of reconciliation has been good and what can be improved.

What are effective ways to improve the relationship between Noongars and Wadjelas, and how can we improve doing it at grassroots level within our own suburbs and streets?

The Noongar people believe that local governments are leading the reconciliation process, and in Fremantle we are building it on an already strong foundation.

What forms of communication between the cultures works best and how can we improve it?

Reconciliation is an important process of understanding and acknowledgment of the past and of Aboriginal history and culture, and all together we are creating the future.

One of my laments is that many hundreds of school students a week do day excursions to Fremantle and visit the Fremantle Prison, Shipwrecks Museum and Maritime Museum, but leave our city without having engaged with Aboriginal history or culture. Only some schools engage the services of Greg Nannup of Indigenous WA to give them a tour about Aboriginal culture, but that is just not enough and the Education Department needs to be aware of the shortcoming.

It was a very positive and relaxed morning and so good to see Aboriginal and Wadjela people chatting and connecting with mutual respect.

Well done, City of Fremantle, now we need to do the next step and implement positive actions!

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, history, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on September 4, 2018


Sept 7 PSAS art


The Dark Swan-Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodes exhibition will open at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street in Fremantle this Friday at 6.30-8.30pm.

The exhibition will explore Western Australian gothic romanticism in relation to the real and imagined history, landscape and characters of the early Swan River Colony of WA.

Works by Ross Potter, Aurelio Costarella, Anna Nazzari, Sheree Dornan, Kristie Row, Eva Fernandez, Fran Rhodes, Rebecca Dagnall, Ben Crappsley, Kelsey Ashe Giambazi and will be on display in the stunning warehouse gallery in the historic West End.

There will be a multimedia theatre opening night performance ‘The Ghosts of Fremantle’ by Generefonix.

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, football, history, indigenous, racism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2018


NAIDOC at Paperbird


The Paperbird children’s bookshop in Fremantle’s Henry Street is flying the Aboriginal flag for NAIDOC Week.

It is good to see good things happening during NAIDOC Week and acknowledge that Australia has come a long way when it comes to our indigenous people, but there is a lot more to do and more and better education needed about our Aboriginal culture. Racism is not something of the past but a humiliating daily experience for Australia’s indigenous people. That needs to stop!

I was impressed with the apology Police Commissioner Chris Dawson offered yesterday and saddened to read the racist abuse story of former Dockers player Scott Chisholm in the West Australian today.

Chisholm conducts Aboriginal awareness tours from the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Captain’s Lane on Arthur’s Head every morning from 10am this month, so go and join one with your children.

The Roundhouse flies the Aboriginal flag every day of the year to acknowledge our Aboriginal culture and history.

Roel Loopers


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