11 Oct 2018
Fringed by both river and ocean, North Fremantle has got to be one of the best places in Perth to while away lazy summer days. Here are our favourite ways to enjoy the great outdoors in our favourite neighbourhood.
1. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the river
There is no shortage of excellent picnic spots in and around North Fremantle however, our favourite secret nooks can be found riverside.
If you’ve got your four-legged friend in tow, head to the North Fremantle River Beach, a dog exercise area at the end of Johanna Street, adjacent to Gilbert Fraser Reserve. Here you can lay a picnic blanket out on the sand, or commandeer the beach hut next to the car park and watch the boats glide in and out of the harbour while your pooch frolics in the water.
Alternatively, Sorrell Park, to the left of Stirling Bridge has plenty of lush grass for the kids to play on, a safe paddling beach, swings, a barbeque area, plenty of shade and uninterrupted river views. Something for everyone! Access the park off Burns Street, North Fremantle.
Take the hassle out of your picnic preparation by ordering one of The Black Truffle’s gourmet hampers. All come beautifully packaged in a cooler bag with disposable cutlery, napkins and delicious home-made and local delicacies. Picnic hampers start from $65 (for two).
2. Spend the morning on the beach
North Fremantle sits on the doorstep of two of Perth’s best beaches – Port Beach and Leighton Beach are joined by a continuous strip of unspoilt white sandy beach (which continues right up to South Cottesloe).
Port Beach’s gentle swell makes it excellent for families looking to swim, SUP and play on the shore. After a dip in the ocean, head up the dunes to Coast to enjoy a cold casual beverage and a light al fresco meal.
The swell is equally gentle and the water just as stunning up at Leighton Beach making it another great spot for families looking for a weekend dip. At the southern end you’ll find the Fremantle Surf Lifesaving club, a kiosk and popular Perth restaurant, Bib & Tucker, while dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome up at the northern end.
After your morning on the sand, wander up to The Black Truffle to grab essential summer post-beach supplies including fresh salad rolls, cold-pressed juices, icy poles, crisp, house-made salads and more.
3. Catch a Sunday session at Guildhall
Guildhall, the lovingly restored heritage building in the centre of North Fremantle’s Queen Victoria Street has quickly become one of Perth’s premier event spaces.
But while private functions dominate the event’s calendar, the hall throws open its doors on the last Sunday of every month for its now famous public Sunday sessions.
Each Sunday there’s a different live musical act, and specialist tastings or cocktail offers. This month, Campari will be taking over Guildhall’s outdoor bar and will be mixing up different Italian inspired aperitifs, complemented by a food menu prepared by sister restaurant, Propeller, located next door.
Doors open at 2pm and entry is free entry. Groups of 10 or more can pre-book tables.
4. Hire a stand-up paddle board
What better way to experience North Fremantle’s idyllic waterways than from a stand-up paddle board?
Located in the heart of North Fremantle, the Stand Up Surf Shop, is home to a great range of SUPs available for both purchase and hire. If you’ve been dying to give SUPping a red hot go, the Stand Up Surf Shop runs lessons every weekend at Freshwater Bay (in nearby Mosman Park) between 8am and 10am providing all the gear you need to get out on the water.
Private lessons are another option, or if you’re a capable paddler simply looking to get out on the water, then board hire is also available.
5. Go for a weekend cycle
While North Fremantle’s narrow streets can be steep and undulating, its picturesque waterfront areas are all reasonably level and easily accessible by bike.
Well-maintained cycle paths start in Fremantle and snake alongside both the river and ocean giving riders plenty of terrain to explore. The Department of Transportwebsite includes a number of recreational cycle maps.
Don’t forget to stop off at The Black Truffle for post-ride refreshments.