FRE­MAN­TLE, WA

Australian Traveller - - The 100 -

Port city Fre­man­tle is known for its precincts of EAT late Vic­to­rian and early Ed­war­dian build­ings that were spared the wreck­ing ball when the (wheat and gold) glory days ended and eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity shifted to Perth. A wan­der down the lively stretch of South Ter­race known as Cap­puc­cino Strip pro­vides a great snap­shot of this. Stop for cof­fee, of course, but also restau­rants, pubs and brew­eries and the nearby Fre­man­tle Mar­kets. Fre­man­tle’s iconic Lit­tle Crea­tures Brew­ery DRINK is based out of a huge water­front shed that was once a crocodile farm. If that isn’t enough to pique your in­ter­est, per­haps the lure of a pale ale and pizza in the buzzy Great Hall or in the sunny back­yard will do the trick. Housed in a for­mer asy­lum built by con­victs, PLAY to­day the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre is a con­tem­po­rary cul­tural space. It hosts ex­hi­bi­tions such as Re­vealed Ex­hi­bi­tion: New and Emerg­ing WA Abo­rig­i­nal Artists (un­til 21 May), talks and gigs – from lo­cal mu­si­cians to bigticket in­ter­na­tional acts – across its am­ple grounds.

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