Have you considered bringing your partner or family to Fremantle?
(or maybe you're planning on staying on to explore, yourself!)
If you can’t find a sitter for your family for the Conference weekend….bring them along! They won’t be bored.
Just wandering through Fremantle is exciting — it still has many colonial buildings and institutions, most convict built and some of them still serving the same functions as they served nearly two centuries ago. Much of the rest was built early in the last century, giving the city a feel of living history.
The port is the best preserved 19th century working port in the world, and fishing boats bring fish in early in the day that is served up from mid-morning on as the world’s best fish and chips. So sit in the sun under umbrellas, watching the sea boats bob gently at rest, while you crunch your way through hot chips and crispy battered fish.
As well as getting an up-close look at a jail that was only decommissioned a decade or so ago they can descend beneath the jail and Fremantle, with hard hats and torches and track the tunnel system that served the jail and the colony in much earlier times.
They can visit the old Asylum (definitely haunted) see the bushranger’s cell, and try their hand at some art activities.
If they’re musical, they can learn to play the didgeridoo.
If they’re more in tune with nature, there are boat tours to see dolphins, sea lions, penguins, and possibly the odd whale, right off Fremantle’s coast. And don't forget Fremantle's four fantastic beaches!
There’s a wonderful Maritime Museum, with relics of pirates and mutineers.
For the big kids there are fishing charters, sailing, surfing, kayaking and kite-boarding.
There are trips upriver to the Swan Valley wine making centres for fabulous food and wine, day trips by train or boat, and lots of culture for lovers of the arts. In the evenings there is plenty of great food and music in the heart of Fremantle.
If you stay for a few days after the Conference there are day trips to the south west wine growing areas, with food artisans and famous artists working among the tall trees, great fishing and scenery.
If you have more time, you could head north up the Coral coast, where you’ll find world famous wildflowers carpeting the west, great fishing, astonishing bio-archeology like stromalytes around Kalbarri, then you can swim with the Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef.
Continue North and you’ll find the amazing Karijini National Park, full of pools and gorges, then on to the Bungle Bungles and Broome with its 22 mile Cable Beach. Finally, you’ll reach the Kimberleys – Australia’s best kept secret, with its inland sea--otherwise known as Lake Argyle.