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FREMANTLE’S STUNNING WEDDING WALL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized, wedding by freoview on September 7, 2018

 

Wedding Wall

 

What a great job the stonemasons have been doing on the Fremantle ‘Wedding Wall’ in Cliff Street!

Notre Dame University decided to give the old heritage wall some tender loving care and re-open all the arches in the wall. I believe it looks fantastic already, but there is still some detailing to be done and a new coat of paint.

The ‘Wedding Wall’ got its name because it is one of the favourite backdrops in Freo for wedding parties. The open arches create new opportunities for wedding photographers.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PRISON LEFT OFF NEW FREO TOURIST MAP

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 1, 2018

 

map

 

Not all change is good, as the new Fremantle tourist map shows.

For many years we had perfectly good maps to hand out at the Roundhouse, but while on duty yesterday I noticed the new maps and they have one major flaw, that they no longer show Fremantle Prison!

One of the most asked questions by tourists is how to get from the Roundhouse to Fremantle Prison, so we hand out the maps and show them to walk down High Street, turn right into the Cappuccino Strip and then left at the church on the corner of Parry Street, walk past Fremantle Oval and then right up the steps to the former prison.

But now the map stops and cuts Fremantle Oval in half and no longer includes Fremantle’s most popular museum.  It’s a remarkable and unacceptable oversight and needs to be addressed, City of Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE FISHING BOAT HARBOUR ART

Posted in city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, food, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on March 17, 2018

 

FBH reflection

 

On my daily stroll around Fremantle I took this reflection photo of a window at Kailis in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

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FREMANTLE PRISON WINS TOURISM AWARDS

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

 

old prison fremantle

 

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!

Roel Loopers

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ASK ME, I AM A FREO LOCAL!

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 9, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle has made badges so that every resident and business operator in Fremantle can become a visitor guide.

ASK ME, I AM LOCAL is a new initiative to make overseas and interstate visitors to Fremantle feel welcome and to give them directions to museums, art, pubs, cafes, restaurants, etc.

The FREE badges can be picked up from the Visitor Centre at Kings Square and the Townhall reception.

Great idea, so grab a badge!

Roel Loopers

 

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RIGGER BATTLES HEAT FOR HERITAGE

Posted in fremantle, heritage by freoview on February 11, 2016

 

If you thought it was very humid hot today in Fremantle spare a thought for this rigger high up the mast at the gundeck of the historic Roundhouse. The only positive about it for him was probably that he caught the seabreeze earlier than most of us on the ground.

He is doing a pretty impressive job up there, starting at 7 am and still up the mast when we volunteers tour guides left at 3.30 pm. Well done!

Roel Loopers

FREO WELCOMES CRUISE SHIPS WITH PERSONAL TOUCH

Posted in cruiseliners, fremantle by freoview on December 23, 2014

The Fremantle Tourist Association will be initiating a Harbour Host scheme where volunteers will welcome cruise liner passengers who arrive at the port. Many of the guides in uniform will be hospitality and tourism students and will provide visitors with information about Fremantle and give directions.

44 cruise ships will arrive in Fremantle port this season. Last year nearly 61,000 cruise ship passengers arrived in Freo together with over 19,000 crew members.

The cruise industry injects some $ 116 million in the Western Australian economy, with about one-third of the passengers going on pre-booked tours when arriving in Fremantle, while the majority explores our city during the day the ship is at berth in port.

Roel Loopers

PARANOIA RESTRICTS ARMY MUSEUM VISITS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 29, 2014

I wonder if the RESTRICTED ACCESS to the Fremantle Army Museum is an overreaction to the terrorism paranoia that is destroying Australia like an out of control bushfire.

This from their website: ‘Members of the public coming in off the street will not be admitted unless they have made prior appointment. All tour groups from recognised organisations that have made a tour booking will be admitted. All visitors on legitimate museum business who have appropriate ID will be admitted.’

How are international visitors going to make “prior appointments” to visit a museum. Where else on earth is that required?!

What is “legitimate museum business” for heaven’s sake and how is a Japanese visitor going to explain what his/her legitimate business is to those who don’t speak Japanese?

Do they really believe anyone would want to blow up a whole lot of old military stuff?

Roel Loopers

MEANWHILE IN FREMANTLE HARBOUR

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 22, 2014

 

It was a surprisingly pleasant morning in Fremantle after the all-night heavy rain and storm over night.

The sailing ship Leeuwin packed a large group of teenagers on board and sailed off for some team-building and leadership training, while passengers embarked from the Rottnest Express ferry after a nice weekend on the island.

If the weather is o.k. I will be doing a Roel’s Fremantle Photo Tours tomorrow. It starts at 2.30 from the Visitor Centre at Kings Square and finishes at Bathers Beach after sunset, so join us. It’s a bargain at only $ 50 per person.

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FINDING BEAUTY IN EVERYTHING

Posted in fremantle, photography by freoview on September 14, 2014

I conducted a Roel’s Fremantle Photo Tours yesterday with Kate and Paul, and it is always interesting to see what variety of images one picks up during a slow stroll through the Fremantle, looking for interesting photos.

I got this double reflection of the Town Hall in a wedding car, the lovely heron patiently waiting for a feed at the Maritime Museum, and two colourful ladies watching the fun at the Esplanade Youth Plaza.

Photography is a great hobby to help you concentrate on the moment. It’s a bit like meditation for me and being acutely aware of what goes on around you, finding beauty in just about everything.

So be creative, explore your surroundings, and go take some photos today!

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