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find yourself in fremantle
In a bygone era when passenger ships were the preferred mode of transport for world travellers, Fremantle was the western gateway to Australia. Millions of migrants arrived by ship and many made the area their home. Jet travel changed Fremantle's prominence as a destination but the port city was rejucenated when it became the centre of world attention during the Australian deffence of the America's Cup in 1987.
Fremantle today retains much of it's old charm. Many of Fremantle's old building have been painstakingly restored and the West End of town is acclaimed as one of the best examples of a Victorian port streetscape in the world. There is a vibrant atmosphere in 'Freo'; there is always something happening around the town – festivals, exhibitions, street performances, markets and concerts.
Fremantle is a working port, host to a big fishing fleet, container ships and large cruise vessels. It has maintained a vibrant commerical life whilst also retaining its cosmopolitan nature. Fremantle is a hub for arts lovers, with local musicians and street performers out to impress the crowds on weekends. And Fremantle doesn't go to sleep after dark! the bars, pubs and nightclubs that are all over town are just getting warmed up when the sun goes down.