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Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports by freoview on October 7, 2014

Victoria Quay

It’s always interesting to see that spin doctors just can’t help themselves and like to distort reality. This artist impression in the West Australian today of the planned development at Victoria Quay in Fremantle port conveniently does not show the two planned commercial office towers and above ground carparks, that will make the area look very different from this low-rise tourism image.

While I strongly support VQ development it is disappointing that it does not include a new tourist attraction like a museum, and  a convention and function centre.

The risk is that a hospitality focused VQ will have a severe impact on the Cappuccino Strip and other inner city traders, and many of them might just move to the quay because sitting at the water will be far more attractive to patrons than smelling exhaust fumes from buses and cars.

It is time for the City of Fremantle to pro-actively start making new plans for the Cappuccino Strip so it can compete with the new Victoria Quay.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on September 12, 2014


I have been shaking my head in pure bewilderment since I noticed that some of the planter boxes have been returned to the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip. When I asked on this blog some months ago why they had not been put back there after the festival season was over, Mayor Brad Pettitt replied that an artist would be painting the boxes while they were at the carpark near the Shipwreck Museum and that it would make little sense moving them back and forth. I agree!

But the planters returned to the Strip have not been painted, and if the Freo Dockers should get into the grand final we will no doubt have another great live telecast spectacle on the Cappuccino Strip in two weeks, and that would mean moving the boxes again to make way for the mega screens and thousands of spectators..

It’s no wonder Fremantle residents often criticise the administration for not doing the basic stuff, because this seems a futile exercise, or do the officers responsible for the planters’ journey hope the Dockers won’t make the big day?

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 3, 2014

go freo 1 go freo 2

The Fremantle Cappuccino Strip is painted purple, banners, flags and signs are popping up all over the city, including at the Esplanade Hotel and the Left Bank bar, as the Fremantle community is getting ready to seriously party and welcome the AFL flag to Freo for the first time in the history of the Fremantle Dockers football club.

I hope the Dockers will celebrate at Fremantle Oval instead of Subiaco, win or lose!

On a different note, the new little Ball&Chain bar at the Esplanade Hotel on the corner of Collie Street is looking very cosy and should open pretty soon.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle dockers by freoview on September 1, 2014

purple strip

I should have known that City of Fremantle director Tom Griffiths and his Economic Development and Marketing Department had been pro-active on the Fremantle Dockers reaching the AFL finals.

The centre of the Cappuccino Strip has been painted all intense purple again and it looks much better than last year.

Tom and his team did the amazing job last year of getting all the big screens into Freo at short notice for the grand final live telecast at Kings Square, the Esplanade and on South Terrace.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 1, 2014

Dockers A Dockers B

I think Fremantle needs to get ready again this year for an AFL Grand Final party. The Fremantle Dockers finished fourth on the ladder and have a double chance making it into the final, so I assume The City of Fremantle will already have booked large screens and projectors on stand-by for the big day.

Last year’s screening on the Cappuccino Strip was one of the biggest parties I have been part of in Freo, so let the fun begin. Go the Dockers!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 27, 2014


Now here is an offer too good to reject for all freeoloaders. The new GRILL’D burger bar on the Cappuccino Strip, opposite the Dome Cafe in Fremantle, is giving away burgers as an opening special on Friday between 6 and 9 pm.

Walking by yesterday I noticed they advertise the bar as “Healthy Burgers” something health experts might regard an oxymoron.

Grill’d will be the third burger place on the Strip and probably serious competition for JUS BURGERS and to a lesser extend Hungry Jacks, but it is a very welcome addition to South Terrace, as the vacant shop there had been an eyesore for years.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on August 24, 2014

Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt told the Sunday Times that the Cappuccino Strip could be closed for traffic on weekends and busy week nights, and I believe that would be a very good step to create a true hospitality entertainment lingering space in the CBD.

I disagree with Cappuccino Strip traders spokesman and co-owner of Benny’s Bar&Cafe Ivan Dzeba that Fremantle does not have the population to support the closure. Fremantle does not have the population to support all the cafes and restaurants. They survive because of the mass influx of people out of Fremantle who come on weekends and Friday nights. They wont stay away because they can’t drive through South Terrace, they’ll park at Collie Street, Queensgate, the Esplanade and west end streets, as they do now so nothing will change in that regard.

It is beyond me why a weekend closure of South Terrace can be seen as a threat to cafe operators on the Strip or retailers in the CBD, because there would be no changes to the parking facilities in the area which motorists have to use now as well. All it does is create a cleaner, safer and more attractive environment for people to enjoy a meal and watch buskers and the passing parade of pedestrians, instead of unhealthy, pollution spewing busses and cars. Wouldn’t it be nice if children could safely play while their parents have a coffee on the Strip!

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on July 16, 2014


Grumpy old man whinge No 134,978. Why have the planter boxes, that were removed well before the Fremantle Easter Street Art Festival, not been put back on the Cappuccino Strip? They have been parked at the carpark near the Shipwreck Museum for nearly three month now. Budget worries, Freo?

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, photography, tourism by freoview on June 30, 2014

WET 1Hotel 2Maritime Museum 1


Yesterday I did the first trial run of ROEL’S FREMANTLE PHOTO TOURS. The walking tours are designed to show visitors to Fremantle the best locations and best angles in the best-afternoon-light. Tours start at 2.30 pm in winter and take at least 3 hours and cost only $ 50.00 per person. They finish around sunset at Bathers Beach and start at the Visitors Centre on Kings Square daily and on demand. 9 am morning tours are available on request.

Bookings are essential!  Email or send a text to 0419 850981 at least one day before you want to take a tour.

We are working on a website, DL brochure, Facebook, Trip Advisor, etc. and getting the bookings done through the Visitor Centre, etc. but that will take a few weeks.

The group I took around yesterday included children and they enjoyed it, and it also gave me the chance to show the parents how to take better and more creative family photos.

The tours are designed for visitors to Fremantle, but locals might also enjoy rediscovering their own city.

I would appreciate if you passed this info on through your networks!

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 29, 2014

Pure Apple

The people of the small fashion design boutique PURE APPLE in Fremantle High Street are jumping on the Worldcup soccer bandwagon and have put a soccer table game out on the veranda.

Pure Apple is next to the also new Common Ground fashion collective, and includes the dangerously named The Banker cafe. Let’s hope the coffee is good, or the B might be changed for another letter that is much later in the alphabet. ; >)

Support Freo’s local retailers!

Roel Loopers

P.S. Talking about traders, I hear that GRILL’D Burgers are moving into the former Merchant Teahouse premises on the Cappuccino Strip on the corner of Collie Street.


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