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North Fremantle & Leighton Beach

North Fremantle Neighbourhood map

A peninsula of classic Australian white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, the beautiful Derbal Yerrigan snaking its way to Perth central business district, ancient mythology and culture, the undisputed home of Western Australia’s live music scene, Aussie pubs, and a culinary scene enjoyed by royalty. THIS IS NORTH FREMANTLE AND LEIGHTON BEACH.

North Fremantle and Leighton Beach sit on the northern side of the Swan River within the City of Fremantle. It has a village feel that packs a massive punch.

Insiders tip

You can hire a bike from Fremantle Visitor Centre and do the Indian Ocean Cycle trail from Fremantle to Cottesloe and back. 

Leighton has been a popular place for swimming, surfing and having fun since the 1930s. It’s one of the best-connected beach spots in Australia with happy crowds spilling out of the train (on the Perth to Fremantle train line) and walking 300 metres to the beach.

From the beach, look east to see the giant Dingo mural. Painted in 1940, it’s part of Fremantle's iconography and has inspired all manner of artists and entrepreneurs. Look out for Dingo Brewing Co, boardshorts, postcards, Dingo Sauce Co. and t-shirts.

A red lighthouse stands on the end of the Rous Head peninsula; it’s one of two identical cast iron lighthouses which were constructed and shipped to Fremantle in1903. They guide safe shipping for one of the busiest container ports in Australia as well as a raft of recreational craft heading out of the harbour to the islands.

Whale sightings are common along this stretch of coastline as they make their way north from the Great Southern Ocean to the warmer waters along our north western coast.

In the winter months the waters are dotted with the colourful sails of kitesurfers and windsurfers jumping and flying through the sky.

Getting here

On the Perth to Fremantle train line, the town of North Fremantle is a 5-minute walk south from North Fremantle Train Station. Leighton Beach is a 300 metre walk, immediately west of the train station. There is parking at Port, Leighton and Sandtrax beaches.

views of the Swan River from North Fremantle
Views of the Swan River from North Fremantle
Delicious dishes at Propeller
Delicious dishes at Propeller
Surfing at Sandtrax
Surfing at Sandtrax
Mojo's Bar
Mojo's Bar
Dingo Flour Mill
Dingo Flour Mill



Al Lupo

Small bar

Bib & Tucker

top 100 wagfg

Bruce Town

Coast Port Beach

Inner Bean

Leighton Lashes

Mojos Bar

Small bar


Mrs Brown Bar

Small bar

Old Bridge Cellars

Ooh la la Store

Perth Stand Up Paddle School

Piggy Food Co

Small bar

Port Beach Brewery at the Railway Hotel

Smooth Ceramics

Stand Up Surf Shop

The Black Truffle

The Orange Box

The Swan Hotel

Wise Child Wine Store