Fremantle – architecture old and new

Fremantle, Perth’s port, has its own thing going on. Perched on the sea, on the southern bank of the Swan River, it’s a city to itself with its own personality. Just like its nickname, ‘Freo’ feels hipper and more chilled than central Perth. Some of this vibe is down to its architecture.

Unlike central Perth, lots of old colonial buildings remain, like these lovely old hotels.

As well as lots of other public buildings and offices.

Love these quirky residential numbers.

Not sure what you’d call this.

There are some nice bits of Deco.

Love the brutalist Port Authority building.

And this 80s looking fire station.

And there’s the odd modern shock squeezed in amongst the old stuff.

Perth’s oldest public building is here as well. The Roundhouse is the original gaol that preceded Fremantle Prison. It overlooks the titchy Bathers Beach where I spent the occasional day sunning myself.

To get an idea of what the area looked like in 1831, look at this painting by Jane Eliza Currie called ‘Panorama of the Swan River Settlement’.

We also did a tour of Fremantle prison which was an interesting experience…

And then there’s the street art…

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