Freo's View

EARLY MORNING AT FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruises, cruiseship, fremantle ports, maritime, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2019

 

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I love being in Fremantle Port in the morning when the sun rises and the light is clear and crisp.

There is always a lot of activity at the B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal and the cafe there, so nice to sit and watch ships and people coming and going.

The Sea Princess arrived just after 7am when I had my second Espresso, so just a view from my table.

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BUSY MORNING AT ROTTNEST FERRY TERMINAL

 

B Shed

 

There is always a photo opportunity in picture perfect Fremantle, so here one I took at the B Shed cafe and Rottnest Island ferry terminal on Victoria Quay yesterday morning.

People waiting to board a ferry, three navy ships at berth, and wake-up coffees at the  cafe.

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ROTTNEST EXPRESS TAKES A DIVE

Posted in city of fremantle, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 1, 2019

Fremantle’s Rottnest Express ferry service has taken a massive $ 26.7 million dive since Sealink also started a ferry service to the Quokka island 15 months ago.

Financial results published by Journey Beyond, which purchase Rottnest Express in 2016 states that competitor business impacted on the performance of Rottnest Express.

From my own observations it has been very busy at the Victoria Quay B Shed ferry terminal, but Sealink initially struggled to gain ground.

Competition has shown to be good though for passengers as there are more specials on offer since the second ferry service was established.

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ENJOY IT, FREO-SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, heritage, hospitality, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on September 1, 2018

 

 

A nice early morning start to have the traditional Saturday coffee catch up with my mate Henty. This morning it was at the Express Lane cafe in B Shed at the Rottnest Island ferry terminal on Victoria Quay, where I took these photos.

Spring is here and a pleasant Fathers Day forecast for tomorrow, so enjoy the weekend in Fremantle, as the rain will return next week.

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BEAUT SUNRISE ON A STORMY FREO DAY

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, hospitality, sunrise, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on July 21, 2018

 

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My traditional 7am Saturday coffee catch up with my good mate Henty was at B Shed in Fremantle Port this morning, and did I need two double Espressos badly after a sleepless night.

I love early mornings and the many stunning sunrises we get here in Fremantle, so took this photo toward C Shed, where unusually the Leeuwin II was at berth.

Only 37 passengers had booked the early Rottnest Express ferry trip to quokka island and that is no surprise with the wet and stormy forecast for the weekend.

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ROTTNEST ISLAND VISITORS RECORD

Posted in city of fremantle, holiday, rottnest island, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 5, 2018

 

Rottnest

 

Visitors’ numbers to Rottnest Island are increasing, with last year being a record with nearly 665,000 visitors.

December and January saw a 16 per cent increase compared to the previous year and I have no doubt that is due to ferry competition and reduced ticket prices to go to Rotto.

Since Sealink became a Rottnest ferry operator the Rottnest Express have slashed their prices and now run hourly morning ferries to the holiday island. Sealink offers free children fares, so that is all good for those who complained in the past that ferry fares were ridiculously high.

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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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DID YOU KNOW, FREO?

Posted in city of fremantle, community, parking, tourism by freoview on October 10, 2016

freo-visitors

  • Did you know that entry to the Fremantle Maritime Museum on the 2nd Tuesday of the month  is by donation only?
  • Did you know that there is now only $ 9.00 all day parking at the Woolstores shopping centre?
  • Did you know that Tuesdays is half price only on the Rottnest Express ferry?

Tell your visitors and guests.

Freo, so many things to like!

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MAGIC MARITIME MORNING CLOUDS

Posted in fremantle, photography by freoview on March 13, 2016

morning sky

 

What a beautiful sky in Fremantle paradise this Sunday morning, and a fresh easterly blowing as well.

A great day to enjoy the free concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre this afternoon from 2-4 pm under the trees in the lovely courtyard. Village Vibes are playing I believe.

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TALLS SHIPS CREATE BUSY FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on December 23, 2015

 

There was a lovely busy energy in Fremantle Port this morning with the Ecuadorian three-masted barque tall ship Guayas and the equally impressive tall ship Young Endeavour at Victoria Quay. Add to that the training ship Leeuwin, a fuel supply ship, a scientific vessel, container ships at North Quay and the Rottnest Express and you’ll get the right impression of a bustling port.

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