Fremantle Urban Art Trail
There are so many ways to explore Fremantle and every which way you do it, you will discover something new. Previously we have explored Fremantle from a history and heritage perspective so this time we chose an Urban Art theme. This tied in nicely with our visit to Sculptures at Bathers.
I hate paying for parking so parked on Ord Street, alongside Fremantle Park, for free but there are plenty of paid parking stations around the centre of Fremantle if you prefer to be closer. We wandered up Ord Street, passing the "Life and Death" artwork by Stormie Mills on a bus stop, before checking out the grounds of the Fremantle Arts Centre.
We then retraced our steps, crossing Ord Street and walking past the Fremantle Leisure Centre before wandering down Quarry Street with it's mix of modern apartment blocks and old worker's cottages. Perhaps we should have walked down Queen Victoria Street as it has a number of artworks but then we would have missed the Rug Shop with it's wonderful, colourful furniture and displays. I love discovering unusual things along the way!
At the end of Quarry Street we turned right onto Parry Street, crossing the large intersection at Queen Victoria Street. We crossed Princess May Park to Cantonment Street, searching for the art works hidden amongst a mass of graffiti on the wall opposite Clancy's Fish Pub. Somehow I messed up my camera settings at this point so the photos are monotone.... all the more reason for you to head off and discover them in colour for yourself. We found a saucy mermaid, a cheeky sailor , the Woolie's crew, Straker's dingo and flamingo alight with neon colours and so many more.....
Continuing along we found Paul Deej's Alice in Wonderland on the side of Vintage in Wonderland in Westgate Mall on Cantonment Street. There is another Alice themed painting there which we missed. The "Fish and Chips" mural in the car park at the corner of Cantonment Street and Queen street was easier to find.
We continued along Mews Road turning up Howard Street to the Wray Street Precinct. This little enclave has numerous cafes and eateries as well as the iconic Galati and Sons fresh produce market. We stopped for a coffee at Lawleys Bakery Cafe before continuing along leafy Wray Avenue to Brennan Street. When we later did our South Fremantle Urban Art Walk we started in South Fremantle and walked north to Wray Avenue.
We passed the South Terrace Adventure Playground at the back of Fremantle Primary School, reading up about the Old Alma Street Cemetery.
We followed Alma Street back to South Terrace where we glimpsed another mural on the wall of free db stereo. Heading up South Terrace we passed the Fremantle Hospital bus stop's bright orange and yellow dinosaurs and monsters before turning down Norfolk Street to admire the portrait of Dame Dorothy Tangney, first woman elected to the Australian Senate, chiselled onto the wall of the Norfolk Hotel.
From here we wandered along Norfolk Lane and then took Essex Lane where you will find incredible murals stretching the length of the rear of The Monk Brewery & Kitchen.
You could spend hours just looking at all the fine detail in "Horatio's Wall" by Horatio T Birdbath, located on the rear (Market Street side) of Gino's Cafe & Trattoria. He has also done planter boxes on Market and William Streets and posts in Kings Square.
Head back along the Cappuccino Strip taking South Terrace Piazza through to Paddy Troy Mall. Wander up and down and enjoy the art work at the rear of Benny's Bar, the Newport Hotel and the Federal Hotel.
Take the laneway next to the Federal Hotel and head down William and Adelaide Streets to Kings Square which has been redeveloped with a quirky chess theme. We had a quick look inside St John's Anglican Church (it was Sunday) and read about the sculptor, Pietro Porcelli and Sir Hughie Edwards.
We crossed Queen Street taking High Street and then Josephson Street to see Brenton See's beach themed artwork at St Patrick's Primary School on Point Street...there is a Nemo here too which we missed. We took the small access way off Point Street to view Brenton See's "Before it's Gone" artwork on the side of Wilson Parking at 39 Adelaide Street. From there we headed back along Adelaide Street stopping in to see inside the beautiful St Patrick's Basilica before making our way back to the car.
We spent 3 hours wandering the streets of Fremantle looking for artworks. Some of that time was spent looking at Sculptures @ Bathers Beach as we planned our urban art walk around this event. We also spent some time searching for artworks which we didn't find as they have been removed or we just couldn't find them.
Fremantle has so much to offer - next time you visit take some time to have a wander around looking for street art. You can easily combine this activity with shopping at Fremantle Markets, fish and chips at Fishing Boat Harbour, a play at the Esplanade, a football match or heading to Fremantle Prison or one of the Maritime Museums. Hopefully my description and map will help you locate the street art easily.
We will be back to look for the ones we missed!