Our house is in Fremantle - the historic port city of Western Australia located on the shimmering Indian Ocean. Fremantle has been here since the mid 1800s, and our house was originally built in 1897. It is a heritage-listed weatherboard cottage in South Fremantle, which was originally the horse training and working end of town. The front verandah/porch (photo) is a key feature of the house, great for relaxing, reading, enjoying family time and watching the stunning sunsets. There are six interior rooms –- kitchen/dining, living room, 2 bedrooms, an enclosed back porch/verandah sleeping area, and the bathroom. Two separate small buildings house the laundry and a spare toilet (“the dunny”). The décor is generally neutral. We have a back garden area, a kid's treehouse, and a vegetable garden. We have added a moderate level of conveniences to make the house comfortable, hopefully keeping a reasonable balance with the historic character.
From our house, it’s a 50-metre walk to the kids playground/park, a 300-metre walk to the beach, and a free bus service takes you in to the central part of Fremantle in 5-10 minutes. Adults and kids bikes are available, and Fremantle has a network or posted and dedicated bicycle routes. Cafes, restaurants, farmers markets, and grocery stores are conveniently located within walking distance. Fremantle has plenty of shopping and art galleries, are all within 2-3 km of our house. There are two maritime museums in Fremantle, an art centre, and numerous other historic buildings.
After visitors exhaust Fremantle, central Perth is a 25-30 min train ride, or alternatively a 30 min drive. Other nearby attractions include Rottnest Island (30-60 min ferry ride), the Swan River and Margaret River wine growing regions (1-3 hrs drive), the Pinnacles national park (2 hrs drive), and the historic town of Albany on the southern ocean coast (4 hrs drive). Botanists, birdwatchers, and naturalists will enjoy Western Australia because of the biodiversity and unique flora and fauna.
Popular local activities and sports include boating, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, and kite surfing. Local sailing clubs are located within walking distance of our house, and are a good source of knowledge and opportunity for those interested in crewing. Other local sports clubs include bowls, cricket, and Australian rules football. Visitors may also be interested in Surf Lifesaving Australia, which provides Australian beaches with a crew of volunteer lifesavers, and also sponsors popular competitions in lifesaving activities such as surf boat rowing, surf board rescue, beach running and sprinting, and inflatable rescue boat racing.