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FREO SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAY FUN

Posted in bid, children, fremantle, schools by freoview on January 10, 2017

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Come on kids, take your parents and grand parents out for kind of treasure hunt around Fremantle and win some great prizes

It is on from January 14-29 and you can spread it over 2-3 days if you can’t get it all done in one day.

Roel Loopers

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NATURE PLAY AT MOORE&MOORE CAFE

Posted in children, family, fremantle, nature by freoview on December 20, 2016

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The Fremantle Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street is holding a Kids Nature Play event from tomorrow December 21 to January 20.

There will be a nature play area, market stalls, children’s entertainment, games, craft and more and it’s FREE, so take the kids for some hours of fun in the beautiful heritage building.

The coffee and food at M&M is very good and the staff delightful! They are my mates.

Roel Loopers

FREO AIRPORT SHUTTLE IS BACK

Posted in flying, fremantle, travel by freoview on November 16, 2016

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The Fremantle to Airport shuttle bus is back, so all those people who don’t want to pay nearly $ 100.00 for a taxi to the airport can hop on the shuttle again.

Check out the website for more details:www.myairshuttle.com

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SEGWAY FUN IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 22, 2016

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SEGWAY Fremantle was launched this morning by Deputy and Acting Fremantle Mayor Dave Coggin who warmly welcomed the new tourist attraction and said that diversification was the way to go for Freo.

SEGWAY has been operating tours in Perth and on Rottnest Island since 2013 and will be doing four tours a day in Fremantle.. They will be doing Pioneer Explorer tours at 10 am and 1.30 pm. They go for one hour.

They will also do Absolute Freo tours all the way up to Monument Hill starting at 11.30 am and 3 pm, and they will go for an hour and a half.

Children must be over 12-years old and approximately 45 kg.

Tour prices are from $ 79.00 and can be booked on www. segwaytourswa.com.au or call 1300 80 81 80

It is a shame they are not allowed to ride to the Maritime Museum and along Victoria Quay but Fremantle Ports has not been as accommodating as the City of Fremantle.

It is fantastic to see another tourist attraction in Freo and we need a few more, so that visitors linger longer in our city.

Interstate tourism to WA has increased by 17.9 per cent over the last year and international tourist figures have gone up by 6.3 per cent, with an increase of Malaysian tourists by 18.6 per cent and from Singapore up by 15.8 per cent.

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CORROBOREE ASIA IN FREMANTLE TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle, hospitality, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 6, 2016

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Fremantle welcomes the over 300 Asian tourism operators and 200 Australian travel agents of the Corroboree Asia trade show today from 5.30 pm at Bathers Beach.

A huge tent has been set up that will emulate the Fremantle Markets stalls, and local lobster and fresh fish will be on the menu while the delegates can enjoy a stunning sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Our northern neighbours are extremely important to WA tourism, so say G’Day should you see any of our visitors! Welcome to Freo!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE FANTASTIC ONE DAY, FABULOUS THE NEXT!

Posted in family, festival, fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on July 6, 2016

 

Another glorious day in Fremantle paradise today and I just loved wandering around the city and seeing all the visitors and so many families during the school holidays.

It is an absolute delight to walk through the west end streets with the gorgeous heritage buildings, see the dolphins in the port and just relax. Freo is perfect for that.

The Winter Festival at the Esplanade was packed full and kids and parents having fun skating on the ice rink, speeding down the toboggan slide and the massive slide.

The Esplanade Youth Plaza skate park was also packed, so there is a lot of activity at that end of town at the moment. Join in the fun!

To all interstate and overseas readers of Freo’s View, if you haven’t visited Fremantle yet book it for your next holiday. We’ll make you feel very welcome!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PACKED WITH PEOPLE

Posted in festivals, fremantle by freoview on March 26, 2016

 

Delighted to hear and smell good rain in Fremantle, but a shame it might affect the always fantastic Street Arts Festival as there are a lot of people from the country in Fremantle for the Easter holiday.

The Fishing Boat Harbour was packed on Good Friday with not only Christians eating yummy fish.

Rain or shine I’ll go to see the street performers every day because I love to be part of the fun.

Roel Loopers

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GIANT LADIES OF THE OCEANS IN FREMANTLE

Posted in cruiseship, fremantle, tourism by freoview on March 20, 2016

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Two giants of the ocean are in Fremantle Port today with the 2260 passengers Costa Luminosa joining the  261 metre-long Sun Princess this morning. It is a very impressive sight so go have a look at it!

I am surprised there is no shuttle bus offered to the train station for the cruise ship passengers. When they arrive in Fremantle both sides of the railway line resemble the migration of the crabs on Christmas Island, with the mainly older passengers pulling their suitcases behind them toward the station.

Someone with a small bus with trailer could charge just $ 2 per passenger and make a nice bit of extra cash on the days the cruisers come to Freo. Any takers?

Roel Loopers

BUSY SUMMER START FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in cruiseship, explorer of the seas, fremantle by freoview on November 13, 2015

Summer and the cruise ship season has well and truly started in Fremantle. The Explorer of the Seas, the largest cruise ship based in Australia, did berth in Fremantle Port this morning. The vessel is 138,000 ton and capable of accommodating 3,800 guests. With a whopping 311 metres-long it is 62 metres bigger that Perth’ biggest building Central Park.

The Passenger Terminal and surrounds looked like an ant hill this morning with so many people coming and going. Great fun!

Roel Loopers

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LOVEABLE AND ANNOYING FREO IN MY TOP 1000

Posted in fremantle, lonely planet, tourism by freoview on October 29, 2015

It is always good when Fremantle receives positive media coverage but I do agree with former Fremantle Herald and now WA Today reporter Brendan Foster that the placing of Freo as one of the top ten tourism destinations in the world is flabbergasting, and so are some of the other top ten choices. Maybe the Looney, err, Lonely Planet judge enjoyed a bit too much of our great WA wine or readily available dope while here.

I love Freo, that’s why I moved here 25 years ago, and my love for this special city has only grown since, but so has my frustration. But is Fremantle a better tourist experience than Berlin, Rome, Barcelona, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Amsterdam, Split, Hvar, Paris, the Kimberley, Coral Bay, Hamburg, Vancouver, Leipzig, New York, Venice, Colombo, Bangkok, etc.etc? I think not.

But what Fremantle has to offer is special, our Street Art Festival, Blues&Roots, Festival Parade, Blessing of the Fleet, the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets and Growers Green Market, the working port, the Swan River and the Indian Ocean, to name just a few.

There is enough beauty and quirkiness that makes Freo unique. There is a lot of heritage, lifestyle and character underneath the superficial first impression of a tired uncared for city to make it work for me and many thousands of people who visit each year.

We have Bread in Common, Strange Company, Mojos, The Mantle, Little Creatures, Mrs Brown, Bib&Tucker, the Moore&Moore, PS Art Space, the Fremantle Arts Centre, great beaches to watch kite surfers, and we have that sameness comfort of too many Italian cafes. What we don’t have is cobblestones along High Street west and the Cappuccino Strip, although that would definitely slow down traffic and make the streets look a whole lot better than boring bitumen, and we only have one outstanding modern building in the Maritime Museum. And we have outdated and archaic drinking laws where it is illegal to have a romantic sunset glass of wine with your lover on the beach.

The majority of the over 100,000 a year visitors to the Roundhouse tell us guides how special and beautiful Fremantle is and they often compare it with boring Perth, so Freo does well in that comparison, but with all these kind of silly lists of most liveable, most attractive, best tourism cities, etc. it all comes down to personal taste, and that it is impossible to judge what the best tourist destination in the world is. Is wild water rafting in Africa less attractive than swimming with the whales at Coral Bay, is experiencing the silent beauty of the Bungles better than the great historic feel of ancient cities? Who would want to be a judge on that?

What Lonely Planet did is basically the same silliness as those who claim Australia is the best place on earth. There is not such a thing as the best place, or best person, best artist, as it is all very subjective and comes down to personal taste.

I want Fremantle to be attractive to tourists, but I don’t want it to become one of the major tourist destinations in the world because tourism kills local character, as we can witness in Bali and all over the world. Freo is just Freo. Individual, unique, untidy, irreverent, far from perfect, very loveable and extremely annoying. It’s the place where I want to live till I die.

Roel Loopers

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