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Freemantle is a delightful city just south of Perth, where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean.

Although it is a busy modern day port, it has beaches, yacht harbours and the city retains a unique character with many heritage buildings. European colonists settled here before exploring up river and inland.

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19th century buildings line the main streets. Some remain as shops, hotels and offices.

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Others have new uses such as a museum in old military buildings or art gallery in the old kerosene store.

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A round look tower from 1831 still has prominence overlooking the city and coastline. Freemantle prison is World Heritage listed.

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It is an easy place to walk around, to explore. We took the train down from Perth before getting the ferry across to Rottnest Island.