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Published June 1st 2017
Fancy a picnic in Fremantle?
7 Picnic Spots in Fremantle Fremantle is our icon coastal suburb renown for its cafe strip, shops and sights to see. However, Fremantle also boasts some wonderful places to take the family on a picnic.
Now that the weather has cooled down, if you pick your day, you could spend a lovely time at any one of these spots and at a few of them, you can even take the fur babies as well. Some of these places you would need to take a blanket and I would recommend taking one to most, even if you use it as a tablecloth on the fixed tables and chairs.
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Monument Hill Monument Hill is an 11 acre public reserve and has one of the best vantage points in Fremantle. It overlooks Fremantle Harbour, Garden Island, Rottnest Island and the Darling Ranges to the east. It is also an "A class" heritage listed reserve.
Monument Hill has the Fremantle War Memorial where public services are held on ANZAC and Remembrance Days and at the highest point of Fremantle, Monument Hill has some lovely views overlooking this city and the ocean.
The actual monument
You can drive into the park for easier access and there is public car parking at the Monument. It is a beautiful place for a leisurely picnic with its grassy hills and fabulous views. And it is stunning for an early evening picnic when the sun is setting!
Beautiful spot for an evening picnic
It is situated on the corner of High and Bateman Streets, in Fremantle.
Booyeembara Park This park is a lovely open grass parkland with a nearby barbecue, picnic area and a man made lake. This was originally a limestone quarry and was transformed into new landscape with gentle slopes, making it ideal for a picnic with the family.
There is a fantastic nature play area with carved logs and seating, a 5 way swing covered by shade sails and musical instruments (Eyechimes and Tubano drums).
Unique five way swing
Here is a short but great video of this area and it will give you some idea of the whole park.
This park is at Stevens and Montreal Streets, Fremantle.
One of Fremantle's great attractions is also its coastline of pristine beaches on the edge of the Indian Ocean and not far from the cafes. Bathers Beach is perfect for swimming, relaxing, kite surfing, paddling, picnics and other leisure activities.
There is a range of facilities there that you can use all year round.
Bathers Beach is located between Fishing Boat Harbour and the Round House and is an ideal place to relax and have a picnic in the colder weather as well as in summer.
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And if you don't feel like cooking, you can always pick up fish and chips and have your picnic with bought food! It is also a lovely place to just sit and watch the sunset. Bathers Beach is situated at Arthur Head Reserve, Mrs Trivetts Place, Fremantle.
Port Beach and Leighton Beach
Another beach that is great for picnics is Port Beach. While it is possibly too cold to swim at the moment, this is a popular beach that is perfect for relaxing or taking the family on a picnic - there is nothing more refreshing than a picnic on a warm winter's day by the ocean!
There is a wide range of facilities that can be accessed all year round and these are used by locals as well as tourists. The stunning white sands of Port Beach and Leighton Beach further to the north are some of Fremantle and Perth's most visited and loved beaches, famous for their glorious and romantic sunsets.
You can swim, snorkel, wind and kite surf or just relax and enjoy the view to Rottnest Island. Enjoy takeaway food and drinks from the kiosks close by or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful scenery and atmosphere that Fremantle beaches have to offer.
Located in Fremantle's inner harbour, close to the centre of Fremantle, South Beach is a family friendly beach with the added attraction of superb views of Rottnest, Carnac, and Garden islands.
There is a large grassed area in front of the beach near the car park and this also has a cafe. There are benches and shade around this area and it is a perfect spot for a picnic. Here you will find extensive recreational facilities including a children's playground, changing rooms and showers, as well as BBQs and 2 large carparks.
South Beach also has a casual beachside cafe where you can top off a nice picnic with a good cup of coffee! At the Northern end of this beach is the dog beach, which is ideal for animals and people alike, as it is calm and has pristine water.
This area is situated at Ocean Dr, South Fremantle.
Parmelia Park is a friendly park where you can picnic and meet other people from the area.
A crowd at Parmelia Park - Image: Their Facebook page
They have electric barbecues here, so just bring your steak, hot dogs or anything else you can make on a BBQ and get set for a nice day. They have tables and chairs here so no need for a blanket!
There is also a small playground for the kids to enjoy and this includes a slide, swings, seesaw, climbing walls and sprung ride on toys. They have chairs outside this area so parents can sit and watch as the children play.
Parmelia Park is situated at Chester Street, South Fremantle.
Esplanade Park is a public reserve in Fremantle. The park has also been called Fremantle Esplanade as well as Fremantle Oval. This reserve has, of course, about 100 mature Norfolk Island Pines and the Explorers' Monument, and is opposite the famous Esplanade Hotel.
This park is also an important place for community events and for linking the city centre with the waterfront. Bring your blankets as the grass is sometimes a bit sandy! This is a very central place to picnic in the heart of Fremantle and just a block from the cafe strip.
This park also has the ferris wheel which is always popular and is an added attraction when you are on a picnic with the family.
Ferris wheel - Image: Their Facebook page
This park is situated on Marine Terrace and opposite the Esplanade Hotel.
There are many more smaller parks where you could also have an enjoyable picnic/day, however these seven are what I would term the "main" ones, or the ones with a lot to offer the public for a picnic. Fremantle is such a diverse area and has so many things to do every day, that you could have your picnic as well as find some fascinating shops, gourmet eateries and more to fill in a day.
Or if it is a Friday or a weekend, you could visit the famous and fascinating Fremantle Markets, where there is so much to see and buy.