Magical North Fremantle- a Backyard Story
Wedged between Perth’s affluent beachside suburbs, the harbour and the river, North Fremantle is known for its eclectic mix of residents and its colourful past.
Join us as we weave our way through its surprising history, which boasts a soap factory, a sugar refinery, and the famous Dingo on The Greater Western Roller Flour Mills …did Alan Bond really paint the popular logo?
You will be fascinated listening to the stories of the local Wadjuk Noongar people who settled in the area and gathered native vegetation and fished along the Rocky Bay cliffs. Discoveries in Minim Cove in the 1960s indicate that this area was an Aboriginal tool-making site dating back 10,000 years. Down the steps on the water’s edge you will visit a cave where, according to Aboriginal mythology, the rainbow serpent rested by curling itself around its central pillar.
We will continue our walk along the cliffs to the highest point in North Fremantle. Here you will experience spectacular views. This is also the place where guns were installed during the second world war.
Further along the river’s edge, we pass heritage houses, where famous writers, artists and musicians now live. You will get to sit in the famous grandstand at Gilbert Fraser Oval and finally take a rest at one of the many café’s bars and restaurants in Queen Victoria Street. This fascinating street is the hub of North Fremantle, with its historical buildings, food and shops you will find it has a lot to offer.
On the way back to the station we will continue our walk through history passing a Maternity Hospital (now a nursing home) where legend Polly Farmer was born, a rambling Victorian bungalow designed by Sir Talbot Hobbs and workers cottages that have retained most of their original character… you can almost feel the “Gold Rush”…..
Full guiding by a local North Fremantle personality
Meals or drinks
Please bring your own snacks and water