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West End

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 00:33
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One of the best preserved and most intact towns built during the 19th century gold boom era in Australia. Stunning streetscapes are lined with restaurants, cafes and artisan boutiques. Home to the Fremantle campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia. THIS IS THE WEST END.

It’s one of the largest single places to be permanently included in the Western Australian State Register of Heritage Places encompassing 250 buildings and 200,000 square metres. The West End is brimming with interesting heritage and architecture.

Insiders tip 

Hougoumont Hotel on Bannister Street takes its name from the last convict ship to arrive in Fremantle with 62 Irish Fenians on board including John Boyle O'Reilly who went on to plan the most incredible prison escape from the Convict Establishment (now Fremantle Prison) in 1867. It's known as the Catalpa Escape. 

It’s an inspiration for creatives and heaven for photographers, filmmakers and Instagrammers. Federation style merchant warehouses, ornate facades and grand Australian hotels built to support a busy working port from 1829 through to the present day, line the streets.

The West End holds historic tales of daring escapes, misadventure, plague and fires that have built the folklore of this port city.

Peppered among a labyrinth of narrow streets and laneways are interesting small bars, award winning fine dining restaurants, parklets, gin distillery and cafes under the stairs.

The university crowd means you will find some of the best value fares. There are retail stores selling everything you need from surfboards, authentic Aboriginal art, high end couture to the iconic and very Australian UGG boots.

Fremantle's reputation as a creative city was born when rents were cheap and old warehouses for studio spaces were abundant. Today artists call the Pakenham Street Art Space and Old Customs House spaces home with galleries and artist collectives found along city streets.

Getting here

Fremantle Bus & Train Station sits at the entrance to the West End heritage precinct. A free central area transit (CAT) bus service operates daily around the city and through the West End with stops at key tourism attractions including the train station, WA Shipwrecks Museum, the Cappuccino Strip, Fremantle Markets, South Fremantle, South Beach and Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.

Jarrad Seng
Cocktail hour at Strange Company
Hougoumont Hotel
Hougoumont Hotel
Hidden Treasures festival captured by Tashi Hall
Hidden Treasures festival captured by Tashi Hall
High Street, West End
Coffee stop in the West End
High Street, looking towards the Round House
High Street, looking towards the Round House



Amé Bel

Womens fashion

Art Marx Gallery

Bar Orient

Bill Campbell Books

Bodkins Bootery

Bousfields Menswear

Bread in Common

Calamity's Rod

Common Ground

Womens fashion

Compendium Design Store

Creato a Mano

David Giles Art Gallery

Djurra Lifestyle Salon and Spa

Duck Duck Bruce

Fremantle Opals

Jewellery & accessories

Glen Cowans Fine Art Underwater Gallery

High Street Gallery

Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery

Kakulas Sister



Kate + Abel


La Sosta


Little Sister Delicatessen



Moore & Moore Cafe

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery

National Hotel

New Edition Bookshop

Paper Bird Children's Books and Arts



Womens fashion

Port Jarrah Furniture

PS Art Space

Remedy Store

Jewellery & accessories

Republic of Fremantle

Ronnie Nights

Small bar

Round House


Service Denim

Shoe Fun

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Strange Company

Terrace Men


The Artisan Store

The Chart & Map Shop

The Home Provedore

The Navy Club

Small bar

The Palace Arcade

The Record Finder

The Staircase Gallery

Three Stories

Underdog Store

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre