Fremantle touted as global destination

Fremantle’s cafe strip.
Fremantle’s cafe strip.

FORGET London, Paris and New York, Fremantle was last week named one of the must-see cities of the world.

International travel publication Lonely Planet picked Fremantle at number seven in their Best in Travel 2016-Top 10 Cities list, while Australia was number six in the corresponding countries list.

In their description, Lonely Planet said “visitors come here to enjoy the live-music rooms, hipster bars, boutique hotels and craft-beer breweries alongside the Notre Dame University students who have helped to underpin the process of Fremantle’s reinvention from a town stuck in the economic doldrums to the bustling, artsy, counter-cultural capital you see today.”

City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the selection was great news that could attract more people to the area.

“Being selected as a top 10 city by Lonely Planet is a huge honour and reflects not only the physical transformation of the city in recent years but also the growing buzz and optimism here,” he said.

“It’s a fairly safe bet that the quirky charm and allure of Fremantle is about to infect the hearts and minds of a whole new global audience, just as it has infected locals and visitors here for the best part of two centuries.

“I have no doubt being a Lonely Planet top 10 city will translate into real benefits for the local economy by creating jobs and providing a big boost to the local retail and hospitality industry that is the lifeblood of the city.”