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VERY BUSY FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on January 12, 2018

 

 

It is a very busy day at Fremantle Port this Friday with ten vessels at berth.

At Victoria Quay there are three cruise liners, the delayed Regatta that was supposed to sail out last evening, the Astor, and the Silver Shadow, which arrived just after 1 pm.

There is also a RoRo vessel and two supply ships at Victoria Quay.

At North Quay there are three container ships and one scrap metal vessel.

Lots of pleasure boats also passing through the port plus the Rottnest Island ferries.

Roel Loopers

FREO REACHING FOR THE STARS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, multicultural, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 1, 2018

 

Horoscopes are for the true believers who are convinced the stars tell our future, but others are extremely sceptical about the predictions for the New Year, so here my readings for Fremantle for 2018, which I found in the rings left on the table by red wine glasses. Believe it or not!

  • Fremantle Council will apply to the State Government for a special tourist exemption to keep shops open on Christmas Day. Freo Council argues that we are not only a multicultural community but also an interfaith one that should consider the non-Christians in our society and visitors to Fremantle from Muslim neighbouring countries Malaysia and Indonesia.

Tourists from non-Christian countries are totally flabbergasted to find all shops and most cafes and restaurants in Fremantle closed on Christmas Day, as well as the tourist destinations.

  • After successfully getting single-use plastic bags banned the Greenies on Freo Council want to ban the sale of paper towels and napkins to protect the environment, but most Councillors are unwilling to vote for Sam Wainwright’s amendment to include toilet tissue.

Wainwright, who is a big fan of Sri Lanka, argues that people in those countries clean up by hand and with water, and that toilet tissue is an unnecessary capitalist luxury.

  • Developers Silverleaf will be asking Freo Council for a planning scheme amendment that will lower the maximum heights in the CBD. Siverleaf say the existing maximum heights in the inner city under PSA 49 put pressure on developers to build higher than they want to.
  • Notre Dame University agrees to open up their courtyards during the summer break for pop-up bars and music venues. They will also start a summer school to help activate the dormant West End.
  • Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt will be parachuted into the leadership of the WA Liberal party to take over from Mike-No Hope-Nahan.
  • Two-time local council election loser Loopy nominates for the South Fremantle Ward by-election, because he believes that he’ll be third time lucky, and he hopes that voters in South Freo will be more sophisticated than those in City and Beacy ward, who rejected him.
  • Sunset Events wants $ 5 million compensation from the City of Fremantle for not allowing them to build the tavern they signed a 19-year lease for with the city.

Fremantle’s stars for the future are very bright, but my red rings call for patience, tolerance and less negativity.

HAVE A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR YOU BEAUTIUL FREO COMMUNITY!

Roel Loopers

 

MORE HOLIDAY SEARCHES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on December 30, 2017

 

Travel and holiday search site wotif.com data for 2017 have revealed that Fremantle is not one of the top ten holiday destinations for Australians, but the good news is that interest in Fremantle has increased by 85% over the last twelve months.

The most popular WA summer destinations for Aussie travellers were Perth, Margaret River, Broome, Bunbury, Mandurah, Esperance, Busselton, Dunsborough, Albany and Geraldton.

WOTIF rates the top five movers and shakers for 2017 Bridgetown, Cervantes, Fremantle, Coral Bay, Carnarvon.

I am not sure how relevant these statistics are though as there are many other search engines for travel, hotels, holidays, accommodation, etc.

While there is ample B&B accommodation in Fremantle it lacks sufficient hotel rooms, and that could well have an impact on the above data, as overnight hotel stays are limited.

Plans for new hotels in Freo will no doubt make a big difference to help make our city a more attractive tourist destination.

Roel Loopers

 

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BUSY FREMANTLE HOLIDAY WEEK

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, retail,, shopping, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 29, 2017

 

 

I am very glad for the Fremantle traders to see so many people in town this week. On Wednesday and Thursday the city centre was packed full, and that is very unusual, and today is the same.

At the Roundhouse yesterday we had a record day with 1,399 people coming through the door, and we might have forgotten to count a few as the three volunteer guides on duty were flat out for five hours.

Roel Loopers

 

ROTTNEST FERRY COMPETITION

Posted in city of fremantle, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 12, 2017

 

Rottnest Express

 

Having early morning coffee at the B Shed ferry terminal on Fremantle’s Victoria Quay is like being on holiday.

There is a real buzz around when people arrive on foot or on their bike and queue up to get on board one of the ferries to Rottnest Island.

It will be interesting to observe how long it will take new operator Sealink to grab a good share of the ferry market, because the Rottnest Express brand is clearly very strong.

I have on several occasions observed that the early Sealink ferry departs with only a handful of passengers, while the Rottnest Express one half an hour later gets many more people on board.

I hear that prices for the trip to Rotto have come down considerably and that Rottnest Express is now departing hourly from Freo in the mornings.

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TSUNAMI OF VISITORS HITS FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliner, fremantle port, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 29, 2017

 

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A travel warning should have been issued for Fremantle as a tsunami of cruise ship passengers from the Ovation of the Seas create a huge wave of visitors to our port city today.

City of Fremantle Visitor Guides were at hand at the Passenger Terminal and Kings Square and a free Freo City shuttle bus service took passengers from Victoria Quay to the city centre.

Fremantle welcomes you all and we hope you will enjoy your stay in our beautiful and hospitable city!

Roel Loopers

 

HUGE CRUISE SHIP VISITS FREMANTLE TODAY

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseship, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 29, 2017

 

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FREO’S VIEW readers can’t question the dedication of this decrepit old blogger. Who else would get up at 5.30am to photograph the arrival in Fremantle of a cruiseliner on this very chilly early morning.

The Ovation of the Seas, the world’s fifth largest cruise ship,¬†¬†passed between the North and South moles of Fremantle Port at 6.45am this morning, carrying some 4,000 passengers. She will be leaving at 5pm this afternoon.

The cruise ship industry is worth millions of dollars to the Fremantle economy each year, so say G’Day when you see our visitors on the streets of Freo today.

Roel Loopers

 

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HUGE CRUISE SHIP ARRIVES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2017

 

The cruise ship season has started in Fremantle again and tomorrow morning at approximately 8 am the Ovation of the Seas will visit our city with 4,000 passengers on board.

The vessel is one of the largest in the world and has features like a skating rink, bumper cars, a flight simulator, a wave park and robot bartenders.

The Royal Caribbean liner is the fifth largest in the world and the largest cruise ship ever to visit Australia, so it will be an impressive sight to see her entering and leaving port. Departure is at 5 pm.

Last year 160,000 people arrived on 60 cruise ships in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION AT THE FREO NATIONAL

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 22, 2017

 

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The historic Fremantle National Hotel will become a real hotel next year with the addition of twelve boutique hotel rooms.

Owner Karl Buller told me yesterday they will also develop a rooftop bar and wedding function centre, so these are very welcome additions to the Freo CBD.

Construction work is estimated to take six months, so it should all be up and running by mid next year. Stay tuned!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PRISON WINS TOURISM AWARDS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2017

 

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Congratulations to Fremantle Prison which won two major awards at the 2017 WA Tourism Awards.

The world heritage listed prison won gold for Cultural Tourism and silver in the Major Tourist Attractions category.

Well done!

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