Freo's View


Posted in children, christmas, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2019





There is not a lot of good Christmas decoration in Fremantle so Cicerello’s in the Fishing Boat Harbour deserves credit for this great display.

The thousands of little lights moving in the breeze look stunning, so take your children for a stroll one evening from about 7.30pm.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2019



I don’t think I have ever seen the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour so quiet at lunch time, as it was today, although the weather is quite pleasant after the heavy showers early this morning.

Empty tables at Cicerello’s and Kailis, so not much fun for the seagulls either.

Roel Loopers




Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2017


ccb 1


Good to see the extension to the Char Char Bull restaurant in Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour is nearing completion.

The new Piazza has been ready for over two months but the work at CCB means the public car park is still not open to the public.

It is a little disappointing that the new building did not copy the saw-tooth roof of Cicerello’s next door, as it looks like a cheap add-on unfortunately.

But with some interesting furniture and good interior design they might still pull it off. I hope so!

With the new Han’s opening last week there is only one more spot to be filled; the forlorn looking former Mussel Bar.


Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, photography, rain, weather, western australia by freoview on September 22, 2016



The rain and cold returned to Fremantle today after a gorgeous warm day yesterday, so I am not very happy. I am longing for summer, heat and sunshine!

I took this arty photo from upstairs Cicerello’s this morning at the launch of the new Freo Segway tours.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on November 8, 2015

coast guard by Greg James

The famous Coast Guard sculpture by artist Greg James at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour has had a change of clothes in the form of a new coat of paint. It stands out even more now and looks very impressive. Maybe we should have hundreds of them along our coastline to welcome visitors to Australia.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on October 4, 2015

I have just heard the most unbelievable story that explains why the City of Fremantle has been so keen on moving the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets on Saturdays  to South Beach.

We read in the Fremantle Herald that Fishing Boat Harbour traders claimed to lose 20 per cent in trade when the markets were on from 5-9 pm, so I naively assumed it was about protecting their interests. How wrong I was!!!!

Part of the application by Sunset Events for an events venue at J Shed mentions Sunday BBQs from 12 noon, BUT!!! it is actually not a barbeque but a food market that will run from noon till 9 pm! That will take lunch, afternoon and dinner trade away from the Fishing Boat Harbour traders, so what the bloody hell is going on here City of Fremantle?

Who is pulling strings behind the scenes here, because this is not a simple coincidence. Some people at COF are pushing away one very successful market operator to make way for a big events organisor.

Food stall holders have received communication from Sunset Events for the “invitation only” markets and they’ll have to pay $ 250.00 plus GST to have a stall at J Shed.

This does not smell fishy, it absolutely stinks and is unacceptable!

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent. IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE!!

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.


Posted in bicycles, fremantle by freoview on June 10, 2015

bike hire

The bicycle hire company that already opened up at the Fremantle Esplanade Hotel this morning installed another outlet at SWEETLIPS in the Fishing Boat Harbour and a third one will be put next to Cicerello’s soon.

There is also the City of Fremantle bike hire at the Kings Square Visitor Centre and E-Shed Markets, so bike hire is on the up in Freo.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on September 8, 2014

Prevention is a good thing in most instances, but the call for shark protection at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach by local business people seems very premature to me.

Henry Liascos, the owner of Cicerello’s, Char Char Bull, and the soon to be opened Bathers Beach House tavern, and Kidogo Arthouse owner Joanna Robertson, called for some form of shark protection at the small city beach in today’s West Australian.

In the 25 years that I have visited Bathers Beach I have never seen a shark, but quite a few dolphins, and the beach is not very popular at all, even in summer with less than 100 people going for a swim there.

There is no doubt that two new bars will attract more people to the area but will they come to have a swim or just watch the sunset while having a drink?

To make Bathers Beach a sun baking destination, it would need a public toilet and change rooms and that is not going to happen in a hurry, because the City of Fremantle was not far-sighted enough to combine the Kelp Bar toilets with public toilets, and that was a very silly and short-sighted planning decision by Council.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 4, 2014

Bathers Beach House

It is good to see the rapid progress of the former Fishermen’s Co-op Building at Fremantle Bathers Beach. It is a very welcome addition to the Fishing Boat Harbour area, and with the development of the Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse the inner city beach will become a real tourist attraction, especially in summer when the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets will also be held on Saturdays.

The Sweetlips fish&chips shop is also getting a long-overdue interior make over, because while many consider it to have the best F&C, ambience was always lacking compared to the mayor players Cicerello’s and Kailis. Sweetlips are also applying for a liquor license so one can have a nice dry white with a piece of Barra.

Estimated opening of the new-look tavern, cafe, function centre, etc. is in October.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 12, 2014

The waiting is over and something is finally happening with the former Fishermen’s Co-op building at Fremantle Bathers Beach. Workers have started to demolish parts of the building to make it into a tavern and cafe. For far too long Fremantle people and tourists have been looking at the empty former McDonalds, Wagamama, Dome site that is in one of the prime locations of our city.

The operators of Cicerello’s and Char Char Bull bought the building, and the estimated opening is in August, so only five months from now.

This is another piece in the puzzle to activate the West End, after the highly successful Kelp Bar and Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets. Now hoping the Kelp Bar issues will be resolved as well and a small bar will open again at Kidogo Arthouse.

Roel Loopers

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