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.
19th century buildings line the main streets. Some remain as shops, hotels and offices.
Others have new uses such as a museum in old military buildings or art gallery in the old kerosene store.
A round look tower from 1831 still has prominence overlooking the city and coastline. Freemantle prison is World Heritage listed.
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.